Inspired by the plans of Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Center Outreach in Gainesville, Fla. to burn Korans this Saturday, a former Tennessee pastor says he plans to do the same and will post the video online, The Tennessean reports.
Rev. Bob Old, who runs an evangelical ministry called Disciples of Christ but does not have a congregation, says he will set fire to a Quran at his home and then post a video online. He also believes there should be no Muslims in America.
“If they want to have their religion, they can have it somewhere else,” said Old. He is the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Joelton and was previously was pastor of Academy Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, which is now merged with another church, according to The Tennessean.
A woman who answered the phone at one of his former parishes declined to comment when reached by TPM.
“We have no information about that, I’m not allowed to comment,” said Kim of the First Baptist Church in Joelton, who declined to give her last name.
Old’s plan drew condemnation from another Tennessee pastor, Rev. Larry Herbert of Faith Covenant Church in Springfield, who dismissed it as a publicity stunt.
“The guy is a nut,” Herbert told The Tennessean. “This is crazy. I am sorry that anyone who names the name of Christ would do this.”