"We've Become Notorious... He's Hijacked the Image of our City," Gainesville Resident Speaks Out
A Gainesville resident explained his act of vandalism as an "editorial" on Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center. His "editorial" was the word "Nazis" spray painted on a sign advertising a planned book burning. For more than 30 years, Randy Akerson has called Gainesville home. He said the Dove World Outreach Center crossed the line with its planned Quran burning. So he crossed a property line to respond to the sign posted just feet away from an Islamic center. The controversial sign along with Akerson's message was painted over yesterday by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office after the property owner said he didn't realize how volatile a message was being posted. Akerson stands by his message and said he felt compelled.
"There is a passage in the Quran that says never deny the orphan or drive away the beggar and in my opinion.. Muslims in this country are currently the orphan and someone needs to stand up for them in this climate and i tried to do that," said Randy Akerson.
Akerson says the center has the legal right to burn the Quran, but doesn't think they should. Whether he'll face charges is in now in the hands of the state attorney. To find out more about why Akerson decided to spray paint the sign, watch the video to your right.
- Gainesville "State of the City" Address
- Gainesville's Environmental Film and Arts Festival Focuses on Becoming More "Green"
- "A Pillar in the Community." A Fire Victim's Family Speaks Out
- Lake City Pastor Speaks Out About His Church's Nativity Scene
- Victim's family speaks out about Gainesville standoff
- Residents Speak out Against EPA Proposal
- Residents Speak Out Against Koppers Superfund Site
- Former "End-Time" Group Speaks Out
- Braddy Earns Decisive Win Against Lowe to Become Gainesville's Next Mayor
- Emilia Carr's Mother Speaks Out