US pastor Terry Jones has apparently said that we should all “Hold Islam accountable” for the murders that have happened in retaliation for his book burnings. At least seven United Nations staff were murdered (with reports suggesting that up to 20 people may have actually been killed) after extremists stormed their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The murderers beheaded two U.N. guards, seized their weapons and began shooting those inside the compound after a demonstration against the Koran burnings in the U.S. turned violent. Jones is quoted by press outlets as saying:
“‘We must hold these countries and people accountable for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities. The time has come to hold Islam accountable.”
Here’s the thing though, I personally hold Islam as accountable for the action of a handful, as I do Christianity for the actions of Terry Jones.
By that, I mean not at all accountable.
Terry Jones does not speak for every single Christian on this planet, just as those who murdered the U.N workers were not speaking for every Islamic person on this planet.
Retaliation on the part of those few who broke into the UN compound and killed those people is not justified, and I am not suggesting that for one moment.
However, I don’t believe that the blame lays squarely at Jones’ feet either – yes, the attack and murders were in direct response to his actions but, those who broke into the compound and killed those people didn’t have to do that. They, and they alone are responsible for their actions.
Pastor Terry Jones is a bigot.
Those who murdered the UN staff are bigots.
Bigots will always be bigotin’, but let’s not pretend that they speak for the majority when they do so.