Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Letters to Terry Jones

I borrowed this from the Facebook group, Smother Terry Jones with Kindness. Please. It was originally created by Wajiha Akhtar, a PhD student at the University of Florida. (*Thank you to Awais for correcting my source!)
Friends,

As many of you know Terry Jones from Dove World Outreach Center burned a Quran after conducting a mock trial (which he called Internation judge the Quran day) where Terry Jones himself was the judge. According to him his actions has led to death threats from people around the world.

On April 22nd, he'll be traveling to Dearborn Michigan to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America because he wants Muslims "to ho...nor, obey and submit to the Constitution of the United States."

Pastor Jones just has the wrong idea about Muslims--Lets be real. Muslims in America love the Constitution! We've been living under it our whole American lives.

So let's smother (in the non-killing way, you know like hugs) him with kindness. Follow the link below and tell him about the best places to eat ( let's be real, some good ethnic food has proven to win over even the most hardened bigot!). If you have a relative/friend that lives there, offer their homes. Tell him the best place to buy souvenir magnets and keychains for his congregation.

http://www.doveworld.org/contact

I understand that people might disagree with this approach to Pastor Jones. For those Muslims out there, keep in mind the story of the Prophet (PBUH) and those that mocked him during his time. And for all other people of faith or morality, the principal of winning over those that hate you with honey as opposed to vinegar is universal.

I strongly encourage all of you to send him a friendly message, not about his actions, but instead about some ideas you have, or something you think he might be interested in.
Here's my post:
Dear Pastor Jones,

During my University's Spring Break, I was lucky enough to be accepted to be a part of Alternative Spring Break, an organization that sends students to do volunteer work for that one week. I got the opportunity to travel to Kissimmee, Florida to volunteer at a place called Give Kids the World. It's a non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses. Children from around the world stay in these castle-like houses with their families to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions. It's probably the most magical place I've ever visited. The place runs completely off of donations, and relies mostly on volunteers to run it. Seeing as you are the pastor of this Church, I think it would be a great experiences for you and the Church members to meet these beautiful children and help grant them their wishes by volunteering at Give Kids the World.
Our university group drove 14 hours to get to Kissimmee. You're lucky to be such a short distance away from all the magic.
I am an American Muslim, born and raised in Northern Virginia, and I hope that you will help put some magic in a child's world by volunteering like I did.

Thank you, and God bless.
Love Always,

Anisah
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