Taking the Show on the Road

According to Fox News in Tampa, Terry Jones takes his message on the road to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend. You’ll remember Terry Jones, the Gainesville Pastor who sponsored the National Burn a Quran Day to coincide with the 9/11 Anniversary this year. He made national news sparking debate among both Christians and non-Christians alike just weeks ago.

Tampa is the first stop on a multi-city tour. Jones will take his message in coming weeks to Nashville, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, and California. The rally begins Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. and he’s hired four off duty law enforcement officials for security. The Tampa Tribune reports numerous complaints to the local tourism office regarding Jones’ rally.

When asked to preview the upcoming meeting, Jones stated, “The rally is about calling on Americans to stand up, to exercise their rights to free speech. It’s calling on the churches and church members and non-churched people to stand up for issues they feel are important here in America.” It appears the message has broadened in order to incorporate more than just his concerns regarding Islam.

Jones made an interesting comment during his Fox interview. He stated that people are concerned about the issues, but “being concerned won’t get the job done.” Now, he’s right about that. Just listen to talk radio, read the bloggers lamenting social ills, catch the evening news, or converse with neighbors – everyone has a conern, but few are willing to do anything about it. There are lots of complainers, just fewer workers. You gotta hand it to Jones, you may not agree with his message or tactics, but he’s putting action to his words.