Scriptural text of any nature are sacred to the communities which hold to or practice the respective faith. As such it will always be anathema to such communities when groups or individuals desecrate such books for their own purposes.
Pastor Terry Jones from Florida has exacerbated tense relations between Muslims and Christians since he burned the Quran in Florida on March 20th 2011. His actions are in no way commensurate with the global Christian majority and many lead figures have already spoken out against this act of extremism. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates asked Pastor Terry Jones not to conduct the Quran Burning programme, The President of America and Prime minster David Cameron, The Archbishop of Canterbury, The pope and other are included in the list of condemnation of the burning.
NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, said that the church's plans would violate NATO's "values" and may have a negative impact on the security of its soldiers.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued his concern that he was "deeply disturbed" and also asserted his belief that such a gesture would be intolerable by any religion.
Despite all the condemnation Pastor Jones undertook his despicable act which has now undermined the international community building exercises, of more compassionate groups.
Pakistani Christians have asked for the BPCA to provide Contact details for Pastor Jones so that people can write or communicate their concerns to him directly. As a consequence we include them at the bottom of this post. A repeat incident will only serve to inflame our religious counterparts in Pakistan and will erode some of the support we have from other minorities in Pakistan.
Since the incident Pakistani Christians have suffered 3 more attacks and the BPCA believe this is only the tip of the iceberg. Already in Pakistan and other Islamic nations protest against the Quran Burning have and are taking place. The volatility within these communities is sure to increase in intensity and ferocity and we call on Christian's to pray for a cessation of the animosity and violence.
We also call for our brothers of all faiths to write and communicate with Terry Jones and his group calling for a termination to the diabolical activities they are conducted that have only served by stirring up alienation and conflict.
Pastor Jones can be contacted via his established group "Doveworld"
Mailing Address: 5200 NW 43rd St Ste. 102 #188 Gainesville, FL 32606-4486
Phone: 352-371-2487 Fax: 352-371-6511