I’m a fan of freedom of speech – it protects my right to share my faith with other people – but I’m concerned to hear that the controversial anti-Muslim preacher Terry Jones (who he announced he would burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11) is hoping to come to Britain to speak at an event on “the evils of Islam” with the English Defence League (EDL) in Luton in February.
His website said “During the protest, Dr Terry Jones will speak against the evils and destructiveness of Islam in support of the continued fight against the Islamification of England and Europe.”
I can’t see how his time with a far-right organisation helps to portray Christians in a positive light, surely instead it only increases the potential tension and racism.
What seems even more bizarre is how, due to modern media and technology, the pastor of a small church in Florida can cause such an inluence. He runs the Florida-based Dove World Outreach Centre, which objects to Islam because it “teaches that Jesus is not the son of God, therefore taking away the saving power of Jesus and leading people straight to Hell” but we hear very little of him speaking out against other faiths, atheism or agnosticism.
What do you think, should he be allowed to come into the UK to speak at the EDL rally?