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Should a Qur’an Be Burnt Publicly Next September 11?

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Muslim's Holy Book, the Qur'an

Dove World Outreach Center's pastor plans to burn a Qur'an next 9/11. This has generated tensions among Muslims, and not supported by many.

The news started as a simple discussion and has now reached a much larger audience. Certain American evangelists believe a Qur’an should be burnt next 9/11. This is the intention of pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center; a fundamentalist church located in Florida. The pastor wants that a Qur’an be burnt in public in-protest against what he calls the ‘evils’ of Islam.

This pushed General David Petraeus to react. In an announcement, the commander of the military forces in Afghanistan insists that the burning of Muslim’s Holy Book would cause unnecessary trouble to the American troops located worldwide. Certainly, images of a burning Qur’an will remain undeniably used by Afghan and world Muslim extremists in order to continue to incite violence.

The American Embassy in Kabul has condemned this deliberate attempt to insult a community. American diplomats and the military have stated that the incendiary pictures of the Holy Qur’an will “fuel” anti-Americanism beliefs throughout the world. Such fears are not an exaggeration. Since the proposed action was revealed and suggested, today there are hundreds of Muslims gathered around the Kabul mosque in order to set American flags together with the photos of the Pastor of the Dove Center on fire.

The great danger, though, is that the Muslim’s anger does not stop in Afghanistan; it has spread in the Muslim world, claiming that the Qur’an is a Holy Book deserves respect. Last Tuesday, the foreign affairs speaker from Iran said that profanation of the Holy Qur’an would trigger wider and uncontained reactions worldwide. Accordingly, western countries had better stop exploiting her freedom of speech to insult holy books, because the feelings this will generate, will obligate Muslim countries to resort to negative reactions.

Extremists from Indonesia, have already demonstrated in front of the the US Embassy in Jakarta and have threatened to declare a Holy War. In the event this happens, the Christians of this archipelago would be the very first victims. Therefore, they have asked President Obama to intervene on the issue.

This event, and others, are taking place on the anniversary of 9/11 and being considered as a platform by American Islam haters. The construction of an Islamic center close to Ground Zero caused heated debates these last few weeks.

We have not forgotten yet that last year, the Dove World Outreach Center, a small group that was only created in 1986, distributed T- shirts carrying the scripts that depicted Islam as devilish. In fact, such an initiative was widely reported in different newspapers. However, this year, almost 50 members of the Baptist Church decided to move from insult to profanity

In the minds of Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove Center, although it would be tragic that lives would perish due to his project, his ideas are worth applying. He added that sooner or later Islam must be resisted strongly and rooted out from this world. He is neither sure whether the prayers and the calling to reason of general David Petraeus may make him change his mind.

Since all people have rights to adhere to a given church of their choice and they should live in community, no matter their religious beliefs, it should be better that the people of Christianity and Islam live in harmony. Living like dogs and cats will reach nowhere, except fuelling tensions that take lives of innocent people. These ideas are for extremist individuals and not the philosophy of the whole church.



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By TonyBerkman on September 09, 2010 at 06:17 pm

apparently he has changed his mind

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us/quran_burning

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By Jack Bates on September 10, 2010 at 02:14 am

HurricaneDean is right. Our flag has been burned by our citizens before and the right to burn and demonstrate without physically harming anyone is a freedom that makes the US special. Talk to people in China that protest against the government there. Ask what would happen if they burned a Chinese flag in a public forum. They would be shot dead. Protecting this idiot is actually protecting ourselves.

People are responsible for their actions and REactions. So if some other idiot feels that burning an US Embassy is correct recourse for this guy's now canceled actions that isn't this idiot "pastor's" fault. Just an other idiot that isn't dealing with their emotions properly.

The police should be there to protect him while he burns this book if he so chooses.

Every Christmas in the heart of Cincinnati OH there is the KKK. Burning their cross, right downtown in the big square. You don't see this kind of media attention, even though that is just as bad or worse than burning one subculture's "holy" book. The police are there to protect the Klan as they light their cross on fire. I'm glad for it.

They are protecting my right to call these people unmitigated asshats, idiotic genetic rejects from the human race that need to be recategorized in to a SUB species of something that is less than human.

Ah...that felt good....

The slippery slope of subjective, emotional censorship is worse. It leads to my post on BrooWaha being censored. BrooWaha being dismantled for questioning the wrong people in government or financial circles. I like my Broo :-)

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:15 am

Melody, you are right saying that hatred is not good. Indeed, this is what is fuelling this issue. But thanks God the pastor has called off his plan.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:20 am

Hurricane, I think this crazy pastor with his 50 parishioners were seeking reputation, to be known throughout the world. This is also what was the thought of the man who shot the late Pope John Paul II, he said he wanted to be known by the world. Let us hope the cancellation of his agenda will revive harmony among the Muslim and the Christian world.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:21 am

Hurricane, I think this crazy pastor with his 50 parishioners were seeking reputation, to be known throughout the world. This is also what was the thought of the man who shot the late Pope John Paul II, he said he wanted to be known by the world. Let us hope the cancellation of his agenda will revive harmony among the Muslim and the Christian world.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:24 am

Berkman, tis nice to bury such a devilish project since it would put the world on fire. People need harmony and not hatred. Both Muslims and Christians were created in the image of God.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:30 am

Cher, it seems his 50 parishioners were not even consulted about this plan. I think his only aim was to get popularity worldwide. This pastor should know that God is not for hatred but for harmony. I always wonder what is the importance of churches if they are to apart the people that God wants united. This because in the eyes of God, there is no Christian, no Muslim, no whatever. Man brings in such segregation due to interests. Let's hope that the cancellation of his project will bear good fruit if this is from the bottom of his heart.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 13, 2010 at 02:36 am

Bates, this issue of burning the Qur'an draws the media attention because Americans are still remembering the horrible events of 9/11. The media is for it in some way because it makes the situation become a focus.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on July 12, 2011 at 09:06 am

Finally, the pastor burned the Holy Qur'an, which is too provocative towards muslims

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