A planned Quran burning Saturday in Amarillo was thwarted by a 23-year-old carrying a skateboard and wearing a T-shirt with “I’m in Repent Amarillo No Joke” scrawled by hand on the back.
Jacob Isom, 23, grabbed David Grisham’s Quran when he became distracted while arguing with several residents at Sam Houston Park about the merits of burning the Islamic holy book.
“You’re just trying to start Holy Wars,” Isom said of Grisham after he gave the book to a religious leader from the Islamic Center of Amarillo.***
Jeremy Danielson of Amarillo, who attended with other members of the Unitarian Universalist Church, carried a “Love Thy Enemy” sign.
“Any time you burn books, that’s ignorant,” Danielson said. “For us to burn their religion is showing hate.”
Protesters threw their hands on the grill Grisham planned to use to burn the Quran, someone took his lighter and Isom stole the Quran, leaving him with just lighter fluid.
“I kind of expected the reaction,” Grisham said of the turnout.
As the crowd jeered, Grisham got into a car and left peacefully without burning any copies of the holy book.
Don’t get those Unitarian Universalist folks riled up. Goodness knows where that will lead (obligatory Unitarian Jihad link).
(via the comments)
*** Update ***
Dude, you have no Quran…
We’re going to score this as a solid win for the DFH crowd.