Church plans Quran-burning event

~Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, it invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it's causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times," Pastor Terry Jones told CNN's Rick Sanchez earlier this week.

Jones wrote a book titled "Islam is of the Devil," and the church sells coffee mugs and shirts featuring the phrase.

Muslims and many other Christians -- including some evangelicals -- are fighting the initiative.

The church launched a YouTube channel to disseminate its messages.

"I mean ask yourself, have you ever really seen a really happy Muslim? As they're on the way to Mecca? As they gather together in the mosque on the floor? Does it look like a real religion of joy?" Jones asks in one of his YouTube posts.

"No, to me it looks like a religion of the devil."

The Islamic advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Muslims and others to host "Share the Quran" dinners to educate the public during the monthlong fast of Ramadan beginning in August. In a news release, the group announced a campaign to give out 100,000 copies of the Quran to local, state and national leaders.

"American Muslims and other people of conscience should support positive educational efforts to prevent the spread of Islamophobia," said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper in the release.

The National Association of Evangelicals, the nation's largest umbrella evangelical group, issued a statement urging the church to cancel the event, warning it could cause worldwide tension between the two religions.

"The NAE calls on its members to cultivate relationships of trust and respect with our neighbors of other faiths. God created human beings in his image, and therefore all should be treated with dignity and respect," it said in the statement.

Dove's Facebook page, set up for the September event, has more than 1,600 fans.

"Eternal fire is the only destination the Quran can lead people to, so we want to put the Quran in it's [sic] place -- the fire!" the page says.

But another Facebook group with more than 3,100 fans says it stands "against the disrespect and intolerance that these people have for the Muslim people" and encourages people to report Dove's page to Facebook.

Targeting another group it calls "godless," the Dove center is also hosting a protest against Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe, who is openly gay, on Monday at Gainesville's City Hall. The group previously fought -- unsuccessfully -- to derail Lowe's election campaign.

"We protest sexual perversion because the Bible protests it. ... What is acceptable to today's leadership becomes acceptable to tomorrow's society," the church says in its blog entry about the event.

Lowe and other government figures and media outlets received e-mails from the church about the event, The Gainesville Sun reported. Lowe isn't concerned with Monday's event.

"I've got other things to do," he said, The Sun reports.

On the outreach center's front lawn, alongside a sign reading "Aug. 2 Protest, No Homo Mayor, City Hall," stands not just one, but three signs bearing the slogan "Islam is of the Devil."

One of the signs -- one reading "Islam" on one side, "Devil" on the other -- was vandalized. On its blog last week, the church said the sign will be replaced.

"This is private property and vandalism is a crime here in America," the blog says. "In Islam, many actions that we consider to be crimes are encouraged, condoned or sheltered under Islamic teaching and practice, though. Another reason to burn a Quran."

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Sharon - posted on 07/31/2010

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I didn't bother to read it.

Long before muslims and the quran - christians were killing people in the name of the lord, burning "witches" at the stake, blah blah blah

by all means, lets bring back coliseums/colosseum and the lions too.

What a load of crap.

Becky - posted on 08/01/2010

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This is horrible! I too am a Christian, but I believe that God loves all of us and He calls us to do the same. He tells us not to judge, lest we be judged. There is no love, compassion or mercy in this church's stance and I would be horrified to be associated with such a group.
And Iris, in response to your question to Michelle, I grew up around a lot of Muslims, in Africa. I had many Muslim friends. I see a lot to respect and even imitate in their faith. I admire the devotion many of them had to seeking God and seeking truth. It's something I see lacking in a lot of Christians. Although I do believe there is only one way to God, I also believe that every belief system (except maybe satanism) has it's positives and things we can learn from it. And we should respect people and their beliefs, whether we happen to agree with them or not.

Shelley - posted on 08/01/2010

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I respect the Islam Faith as a religion. The first part and the History is very similar to the begining of our old teastament. I believe that people have a right to freedom of religion as with buddhists ect.

I however for myself believe in the god of the bible and all that it stands for but thats about me and not everyone else.



Thankyou for your question Iris

*Lisa* - posted on 08/01/2010

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Sigh. How ridiculous. Islam did not incite 9/11, fanatical terrorists did. There are fanatics in every religion. Those who take it too far. These christians are ignorant and are just going to make things worse. As a christian myself, I think these guys are embarrassing.

Jane - posted on 08/02/2010

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Absolutely disgusting. The Quran is not the problem, the Muslim religion is not the problem.....it's finatics like this asshole that are the problem!

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Jocelyn - posted on 08/09/2010

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This is absolutely bull shit. This is one of the reasons that I think all [intolerant] organized religion should be done away with. Christianity (or any religion) in the hands of educated, loving, tolerant humans is not a bad thing. Christian extremists are in a class all of their own. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't like it if I organized an "International Burn a Bible" day...

Lucy - posted on 08/09/2010

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Iris- A friend of mine who was beginning his training as a buddhist monk went round our town planting and tidying old folk's gardens, and he did accidentally miss one that was on his schedule because he had flu- does that count? ;P

Seriously though Christina-Marina, I think you may have misunderstood the point I was making. What I meant was that there are always going to be extremists who will grab on to a religion and claim that the atrocities they commit are ordained by god because of their chosen religion. So, the 9/11 terrorists were not "genuine" Muslims, as the vast majority of Western Muslims have condemned their actions as they go against the central dogma of the Qu'ran. Just as David Koresh and his cohorts in the Waco siege were not "genuine Christians" and were condemned by the majority of the Christian community as their actions went against the teachings of the bible. I'm not having a go at Christianity specifically, but just making the point that a whole religion should not be judged by a few extremists who don't represent the majority.

Iris - posted on 08/09/2010

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Lol! Really Christina. What terrible acts have been done in the name of Buddhism? I would just love for you to tell me if you know of one...

C. - posted on 08/09/2010

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To all of you who keep talking about everything that was done 'in the name of God or Christianity'.. What about all the things that were done in the name of Allah and Buddha and whoever/whatever else, huh? Every religion has extremists. Do I agree with the Quran? Nope. But I don't necessarily think burning them is a good thing. I know how I would feel if people went around burning Bibles all the time. I'm sure some do, but you don't normally hear about that. But I know I wouldn't like it.You cannot FORCE someone to convert. Well I suppose it is physically possible.. But I think you all know what I mean. It's after midnight, I think it's time for bed for now.

Lucy - posted on 08/09/2010

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wow, what a disgusting bunch of people!

Just as people like the 9/11 terrorists unfairly give Islam a bad name, these people unfairly give Christianity a bad name.

If they truly believe the Qu'ran preaches hate, I think we can safely say they have never even read one word of it.

How would they feel if a large, well attended mosque decided to have a bible burning event in response to atrocities that have been committed in the name of Christianity?

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Seriously? wow this is beyond me... I didn't even bother reading the whole article... can't put my poor brain through so much crap. What are they thinking???? COEXIST is all I can say...

Lea - posted on 08/03/2010

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So let me get this straight... they are going to go buy a truckload of Quirans just to burn them? Don't they have better things to do with their time and money besides hate?

Sara - posted on 08/02/2010

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Intolerance at it's best.

The guy who is organizing all of this sounds like a real winner. Anyone who would use their kids to promote their hateful messages are really fucking sick.

Iris - posted on 08/01/2010

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Thank you for the answer Michelle. I wish more people were that tolerant .

Iris - posted on 08/01/2010

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Michelle, can you respect the Islam faith as a religion or is it a fake religion to you? This is not to pick up a fight. I know you are a Christian and I just want your honest opinion.

Shelley - posted on 08/01/2010

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I am a Christian and i am disgusted by this. You are all exactly right these are the people that give us such a bad name and our history is just awful.
We however when followed correctly should be a group of love and compassion. Because we are sinful, we have only gods grace to hold to.

Iris - posted on 08/01/2010

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I'm from one of the countries that were forced to convert to Christianity or be be-headed in the late 1600.... soooo not surprised.
I guess as civil as we are today they can't go around beheading people...so they just burn their books. just keep this in mind:
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?...

Elisabeth - posted on 08/01/2010

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In our modern world it is hard to find the good in any religion.

Will there ever be a day when any religion will be able to accept all others as equal?

Where is the understanding? Why can't people be allowed to believe what they believe without somebody trying to tell them they are wrong or trying to change their mind?

My religion is hugging a tree :-) ... hurts nobody, lol.

Charlie - posted on 07/31/2010

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That is disgusting Laura said it best .....What the ?
how backward .

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This just disgusts me. I seriously want to go puke I am so angry. Ugh... The complete and total ignorance of some people!!! GRRRR!!!!

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010

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I just can't believe that even after all this time, so many religious people are still in the Dark Ages when it comes to intellect. Its like... the rest of us have moved on, but there are still these little groups with their pitchforks, pointing fingers and crying devil at anything they don't understand.

Krista - posted on 07/31/2010

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I'd say "unbelievable", but sadly, I DO believe it. There are a lot of people out there of all faiths who are only too happy to act in a hateful manner, while holding their faith in front of them like a shield. It's mob mentality, but dressed up to look respectable.

Rosie - posted on 07/31/2010

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what the fuck?!! laura said it perfectly, who exactly is acting like the hateful ones here? jimminy christmas!! (always wanted to say that, lol!!)

Jessica - posted on 07/31/2010

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Again, all religions, pretty much a joke! Man made reasons to be hateful and fight...my story book is better then yours! Gah...

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I didn't read the whole thing. But I just want to point out something. Christians want other people to be Christians too. This is exactly how NOT to make that happen. Yeah, let me take everything holy and important to you and burn it. That's Christ like love. Rolls eyes.

Oh, and if they do that, they have no right to be angry about people writing in the Bible (that other post on blasphemy). I know it's a different group...but still.

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