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Church will burn Qur’an on 9/11

Here’s one Florida church’s idea of how to commemorate this year’s 9/11 anniversary:

On September 11, members of the Dove World Outreach Center – a Gainesville, Florida church – plan to burn copies of the Koran to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The protest is just the latest in a series of provocative actions from the self-described “New Testament Church,” which seems as interested in getting attention as it is in sharing the Word with the world. Unfortunately, their plan seems to have worked — and local investigators have begun probing the church’s tax-exempt status after reports that Dove World Outreach Center is essentially a scam.

The church, which was founded in 1986, has long been controversial in Gainesville. The Koran-burning protest is just the latest in a string of high-profile “protests on other issues, such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and abortion,” Religion News Service reports. But it seems clear that taking on Muslims is the one of the church’s central goals. The church’s leader, Dr Terry Jones – who before heading up the Dove World Outreach Center ran a sister church in Cologne, Germany – has published a book entitled “Islam is of the Devil” and posted a large sign outside his church that offers passing commuters the same message. Last year, members sent their kids to public schools wearing “Islam Is Of The Devil” t-shirts (the students were sent home, creating more headlines.)

That’s lovely stuff, eh? I’m surprised they didn’t just go straight to burning the people. I mean, there’s a long tradition in the church of both, really. Incredible.

I will read more about that incident in the schools last year, when I have the time, to see if maybe there’s a local hero in Gainesville who deserves wider credit for having stood up to this madness. Or maybe this church is just viewed as loony by most people.

I’ll say it again. This stuff is definitely on the rise, and it has to be correlated in some psychic way to the rise of extremism in this country, the Obama presidency and the idea some people have that there’s a Mooslum in the White House and kindred paranoid anxieites, and it is something for all of us Americans to be, shall we say, other than proud of.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2010/jul/27/usa-islam-church-to-burn-koran

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4 comments

  1. This is what free expression means? Hate speech? Burning Quran wouldnt help.It would only make the matters worst. If there really is going to be a clash of civilization it would be because of these right-wing knuckleheads!
    Your line that “I’m surprised they didn’t just go straight to burning the people” made me laugh because its sarcastic yet so very true.They burned the poor suspected witches too claiming them to be advocates of devil.Only now they are under secular democracy and they know they cant be that barbaric have they resorted to this obnoxious campaign.
    American public itself must stand against these idiots,whether conservatives or liberals.This shows how much the poor American public has been fed on the fear of Muslims/Islam,just so that Daddy Bush could go raid other lands for oil with them behind his back ( not to screw but to support him).

  2. I’d rather take this as a “jealousy” attack! First of all, the “Man” doesn’t appreciate his own religion. If he did , he wouldn’t think of trying to ruin any thing for any one else’s. It’s a shame on you America, and every one else on this earth. Pathetic that your men have came this far. Such a shame!!!!

    And all I’ve seen comments on is “the troops” , but never OUR RELIGION (Islam). Do you people really not care about what God has created ?? He made all of us , why are being separated via religion ???

    You preach of so called “freedom” , and so on . . . . but you’re the once starting war with every country.

    I have no more comments , this will cause corruption to us all. (Unnecessary)

  3. Muslims have been burning the American flag for decades…they have also been chopping heads off of captured enemies. They kill over a cartoon, they stone to death women caught in adultery and homosexuals seem to disappear regularly. Regarding hate speech the Americans are simple beginners compared to Muslims. They have elevated hate speech to new heights.

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