Published October 21, 2004
Jose L. Gonzalez, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor from Spain but living in Florida, was being screened at the Nashville International Airport when he announced he had a bomb. He reached into a bag and revealed his Bible and claimed, “This is my bomb.”
This, of course, caused a mild case of mayhem as airport security and FBI agents scrambled to assess the situation. The investigation that followed revealed that Gonzalez didn’t have any sort of bomb, but he was still arrested and charged for making a false statement.
Gonzalez later said that he used the term “bomb” to illustrate the kind of impact the Bible can have on someone’s life. Nevertheless, Gonzalez faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. At first I thought this guy was a moron, but then read that he needed an interpreter for court. Now I just think he’s a foreigner who used the wrong phrase at the airport. He needs les- sons in American common sense, not jail time. It is my hope that our justice system feels similarly.
A bomb of sorts.