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Florida church sponsors 'International Burn A Koran Day'

The Dove World Outreach Center, a non-denominational church in Gainesville FL, is planning to mark this year's anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a little bonfire of Korans, the holy book of Islam. They even have a Facebook page with a mission statement to justify their actions:
 
"On September 11th, 2010 we will burn the Koran on the property of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!"
 
The church, which also protests against issues such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and abortion, has decorated it's front lawn with signs proclaiming "Islam is of the devil!" and it's pastor, Terry Jones, has even authored a book with that title.
 
According to Jones, the organizers got the idea from another Facebook event, "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" earlier this year.
 
In an article released by Religion News Service (RNS), Jones said that protests are key to the mission of his church.
 
"We feel, as Christians, one of our jobs is to warn," said Jones, and that the goal these and other protests are to give Muslims an opportunity to convert.
 
Since the Facebook page went up a week ago, Jones said people have been sending him Korans to burn.
 
Response from Florida's Islamic community has been relatively muted so far. September 11 this year falls within the Eid al-Fitr holiday when Muslims mark the end of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. RNS reports that local Muslims are planning to use the feast as an opportunity to share Islamic traditions and Qurans with the church members and the wider community.
 
"We don't want to do anything that would be reactive," said Ramzy Kilic, communications director of the Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
 
In the Orlando Sentinel, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said,
 
American Muslims and other people of conscience should support positive educational efforts to prevent the spread of Islamophobia."
 
He said CAIR’s research shows that anti-Muslim bias decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam and are able to connect on a personal level with ordinary Muslims.
 
Terrorism in the US has not been a one-way street either and the Islamic community in Florida has been one of it's recent targets.
 
On May 10, a pipe bomb exploded in the Islamic Center of Northwest Florida in Jacksonville. No worshippers were hurt, but Kilic said the planned burning of Qurans could escalate tensions in the area.
 
 
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1) image on the "International Burn a Koran Day" Facebook page.
 
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Comments

  • AmyD 3 years ago

    They got the idea from "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day"? They are really messed up if they can't tell creative expression from hate expression, or a stunt playfully rebelling against those who would violently enforce their religious standards on everyone else and an act designed to intimidate and terrorize innocent American Muslims.

  • montreal women's issues, health and mental health 3 years ago

    I think it is disgusting and I would be ashamed to be a part of that church,

  • Open 3 years ago

    This is outrageous! Adding more CO2 to the greenhouse gases by burning. Should be a greener way.

  • Terry Hurlbut - Creationism Examiner 3 years ago

    No, don't burn it--translate it authoritatively and tell the world what's in it, and what words--the fighting words--remain in force.

    Those who do not learn from history condemn themselves to repeat it.

  • evoca cola 3 years ago

    i have just started reading the quran its free just go to google search for tanzil and go to quran navigator

  • Herne19d 3 years ago

    Nice idea Terry...And lets do the same thing with the Bible.....And translate it forward from the original language (Aramaic?)....And include ALL of the text....>:)

  • Gary - Newark Religion & Social Issues Examine 3 years ago

    It is bigotry such as this that gives religion a bad name.

    Religion should be about faith, hope, and that there is a G-d that created us and loves us. Instead, religion in this country seems to be about nothing more than politics, hate mongering, scandals, and corruption.

    It seems religion has done more to drive people away from G-d than to help bring people closer to G-d.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    What the hell is G-d ? What are you, one of these atheists, you can't bring yourself to type the word GOD ??? You probably would have convulsions if you you tried to type the name of CHRIST ! That's why you invented "X-Mas", whatever that's supposed to mean --- sounds like Malcolm X's holiday. Why are you so afraid to acknowledge GOD and His only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST ? Because you are in spiritual darkness, now & for eternity unless you accept Him as Lord & Savior. Religion has nothing to do with it. God doesn't like religion any more than you do. He wants you to come to Him, but you can't get near him without his Son, who He gave to the world as a sacrifice for YOUR sins. So don't point your finger in judgement against religion & the country when you yourself will not even give GOD the courtesy of spelling His Name correctly. It's only 3 letters, and you are one short.

  • Jesse - Cochise County Libertarian Examiner 3 years ago

    Why burn any books, if they dont want them tell them I will take em!

    Seriously I do agree with Terry - keep it, translate it and let everyone know what is in it. I own several copies of the Quran/Koran as well as over 200 translations of the Bible. Its amazing what you will find in both books...

  • Steve-n-SA 3 years ago

    "The Dove World Outreach Center"

    Sounds like they are trying to show themselves as being a peaceful organization. Until you stop and look at the potential effects of their burning another religion's bibles (the Koran), something that could spark an escalation in the religious violence. What they need to ask themselves before doing this, is how they would feel if Muslims burned Christian Bibles?

  • James-Michael Smith - Methodist Examiner 3 years ago

    Less burning of Qur'ans and more reading of their Bibles is gravely needed, I'm afraid:

    "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

    But do this with gentleness and respect,"

    (The New Testament, 1Peter 3:15)

  • Qasim - National Islam Examiner 3 years ago

    I guess these folks took "Love thy enemies" (hypothetically calling Islam the enemy for the sake of argument) to mean "Burn their holy scripture, call them the devil, write a book about it, and encourage other people to join in your bigotry."

  • Carol, Phila Freethought and Science Examiner 3 years ago

    Unbelievable ignorance and arrogance. Sigh.

  • Christian-Minister 3 years ago

    I double-dog dare them there Moslims to even try to burn HALF as many Bibles as we will burn their Korans.

    We will have a Holy Book burn-a-thon this year and we'll burn more of their scripture than they'll burn of ours! Let's get the matches!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    You are a sick, sick Sick Person.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    If you burn that book you will loose many would be Christians. YOu will be personally responsible for scaring people away from Christian beliefs and the Bible. I am sure God is not happy with this.. You will see. Peace to those who ignore this self absorbed Nut.

  • Partridge 3 years ago

    About 40 million people killed in 20th century war by the Christian fanatic
    The main wars were :
    WWI - 8.5million killd
    WWII - 20 million killed
    Korean War - 1.2 million killed Chinese Civil War -1.2 million killed
    Vietnam War - 1.2million killed

    Iran-Iraq War -0.85 million killed (America and russia supplied weapons made a big profit and America wanted more so they supplied weapon in both sides.

    Russian Civil War - 0.8 million killed Although many many deaths were unrecorded especially in WWI and WWII so double the total
    About 80 million.
    Christian fanatics invaded muslim land before and its called crusade. At least 1 million were killed in these
    war.The killing goes on by the christian fanatics in Iraq , afghanistan , palestine , argentina, Somalia and countless other places. America is maintaining their military base in 157 countries around the world. These are thugs of the world. They kill off 90 percent of the red Indians and invaded the country which they call US

  • Stealth 3 years ago

    I'd burn a bible today in protest of these ignorant bastards, except that I refuse to spend one red cent on the purchase of a bible.

  • chundini 3 years ago

    Did not the NAZIs tried that one once and it appeared not so popular in the end? I really think it is a good idea to burn all of them. The Toran, bibles, and Koran. We don't who the authors are! We have no way to authenticate them other than blind faith. We do know that it came about roughly a 1,000 years after some bright people figured out taking 785 hierogliphics writings to 12 alphabets with no vowels easier to read by far but all the bible stuff written was not so original but borrowed from previous Gods.One would think, starting from a clean slate they could at least be more original since archeololgy evidence was left behind to trace it all their duplications of same stuff different year, but they were kind enough to change the names lol

  • babuska 3 years ago

    Hopefully, in the near future ALL believers of All religions will be viewed as people with mental illness and treated with appropriate therapies to relieve them of their illusions. Religions are the poisons which divides the masses so that they can be ruled by the few.

  • Pauline 3 years ago

    If they burn every book they disagree with it will take a long time and be a very big fire. Stupidity abounds.

  • Cohen 3 years ago

    Their time would be better spent on handing over all the peados in their organisation than inciting people of another faith.

    God gave them brains. Unfortunately they haven't quite worked out how to use them.

  • The Mad Magyar 3 years ago

    I wonder what would happen if this same church decided to burn copies of the Torah, on the anniversary (June 08, 1967)of Israel's attach upon the USS Liberty.

  • paddy 3 years ago

    Before burning any books the Christians need to answer one simple question.
    The bible has hundreds of contradictions so it cannot all be true as is shown at whatisknown.com.
    But just answer this question. Who was Cain's wife?

  • fm 3 years ago

    what ignorance!only if they read the quran before condemning it, they would have had a different opinion totally. May Allah guide them!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victor 3 years ago

    If this idiot would simply look at the facts instead of regurgitating propaganda he would realize that Muslims had nothing to do with 9/11 and it was nothing but a false-flag operation by the U.S. government.

  • Open 3 years ago

    Did anyone else notice in the video that the book never seemed to actually burn? For quite some time the flames came off of it and they kept squirting lighter fluid but the book did not seem to actually be consumed.

    Just a skeptics observation.

  • Bill Schultz 3 years ago

    The whole world is wise to the fact that 9/11 was a Jewish/Mossad operation.
    The top brass in the US military all know this.

    I guess there are still isolated pockets of STUPID in Florida as well as other places in the US.

  • Frank Fredenburg 3 years ago

    The Jewish Talmud.

    Jehovah created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.
    Midrasch Talpioth, p.225-L

    A Jew may do to a non-Jewess what he can do. He may treat her as he treats a piece of meat.
    Hadarine, 20, B; Schulchan Aruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348

    And the Koran is a book of hate! I advice everyone to research the Jewish Talmud.

  • Bill 3 years ago

    Burn all the religious books.......they are all make believe anyways. If it stops the stupid wars and infighting, burn them all.

  • Mohammad Tariq 3 years ago

    Just how desperate is the Church to distract attention from Church paedophilia, this sick attempt to insult the holy book which gives more respect to Jesus than Christians do, gives an idea.

  • Fahad 3 years ago

    Islam taught us to respect and believe in all other religions, Torah, Bibles, and Koran are God's guidance to us. Muslims will never burn any of these books. If few Muslims made a mistake, you can't bunch the religion with all believers. This is one way to test your faith. Well little knowledge is a dangerace thing. Ignorance and arrogance of some people will lead to more hatred. May Allah guide them.

  • American Muslimah 3 years ago

    My first thought was of the Nazis and their book burnings. They will burn a book which honors Jesus mother so much a chapter is named for her? That is sad. That book they will burn teaches us NOT to burn their bibles. Teaches us not to hate and force converts. I made a joke about Christianity the other day and my Muslim friend became angry at me and told me we are not allowed to insult or put down other religions. Before burning it, they should try reading it first, they might learn something like peace and tolerance.

  • Oxymoron 3 years ago

    The latest desperate attempt from Magnificent Morons Of the Antichrist Church to cover what the Whole world knows very well now: 911 was synthetic terror operation by Mossad and CIA in order to start their wars of global domination. These useful idiots should be burning dancing Israeli Art Students, Israeli white vans, Israeli owned. Controlled demolition building andIsrai financial pre-911 wall street operation instead of a book suspiciously found unburned in the middle of The Ground Void and Red Herring of 9-11.

  • joseph vocht 3 years ago

    Lets see now...faith, hope, charity and book burning???

  • javedahmad 3 years ago

    Since this comment post does not allow web links or url's, please do a Google search for "Faith, Logic, and the Truth" to read the article. Thank you.

  • Marz 3 years ago

    Well, You guys are doing great in the comments. Has anybody considered going over there and burning a bible for every koran they burn? Feel free to throw in some talmuds, you know: to show them you're not prejudiced.

    ditto on the 9/11 was a mossad false flag event.

  • S.R 3 years ago

    I find it rather funny that he is trying to justify the attack with the burning of the Quran. And he says Islam is of the devil, little does he know the devil is our enemy. It is just another way to try and burn up the hatred of the world against Muslims, and those who say they have a mind of their own should make knowledgable and accurate 'theories, assumptions' or whatever they call it about Muslims and experience Muslims first hand rather than following what others say about us. It is just childish to see such a grown man to try and worsen the image of Muslims around the world, when it is the minority that react inappropriately. So, he should really think about what he is doing, because can u imagine the issue that would be raised if we muslims burnt the bible or whatever in rememberance of any battle, attack or anything against Muslims countries. It isn't right. Thats all i have to say and also, GROW UP! He is acting like a child.

  • 252345@aol.com 3 years ago

    Video nearly indistinguishable from the KKK.
    Christlike huh? Lynch that Koran you ugly, hypdocritcal, brainwashed scum.

    Then go show it Jesus, show your ashes and matches to Jesus and tell us about God you ruthless pile of sh$t.

  • Ramirez 3 years ago

    This idiot is saying that he will burn the Quran just because it says jesus is not the son of GOD .. he must be illiterate in his own bible because it also says jesus is not the son of GOD , one should not open his mouth in public if he dosent know what he is saying , if this particular pastor is man enough he should open a dialogue and let us show him how his own bible potrays people like him who follow things blindly .

  • moabmusings 3 years ago

    The arrogance and the ignorance enshrined in the terrifying thought processes of people like Terry Jones and his so-called church .... is at the core of what is so wrong with our world today. The fact this is tolerated in America is what worries the rest of us around the world ... we ultimately pay the price with our precious lives for all this scaremongering and stupid political antagonism, regardless of our religious following. Where are the true religious leaders of the world .... hiding behind all this heresy no doubt!

  • Cesc milton 3 years ago

    This pastor s realy misleadng hs congregatn!! no one should step where that evil s takng place coz ALLAH wil show his wondrs......ALLAH guide you al 2 the religion, ISLAM.

  • Revert 3 years ago

    All civilized people around the world should dump the religions of hate and intolerance to join the religion of "Peace" (meaning "Islam"). Beware though, the Judiasts and Christianists have been tampering with the Qur'an translations for sometime now and the market is flooded with their versions of the Qur'an. So, buy your copy from an genuine Islamic book store. Read the book yourself and see if it good or evil. Welcome to Islam!

  • sentinel 3 years ago

    Maybe someone will burn some bibles, just even it up a bit.

    This Yet another reason why I have abandoned organised chritianaity.

    "I like your Christ but I don'like you Christians.
    They are so unlike your Christ"
    - Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • Hashim Ali 3 years ago

    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    ?1. A. L. R. These are the Ayats of Revelation,- of a Qur'an that makes things clear. ?

    ?2. Again and again will those who disbelieve, wish that they had bowed (to Allah.s will) in Islam. ?

    ?3. Leave them alone, to enjoy (the good things of this life) and to please themselves: let (false) hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive them). ?

    ?4. Never did We destroy a population that had not a term decreed and assigned beforehand. ?

    ?5. Neither can a people anticipate its term, nor delay it. ?

    ?6. They say: "O thou to whom the Message is being revealed! truly thou art mad (or possessed)! ?

    ?7. "Why bringest thou not angels to us if it be that thou hast the Truth?" ?

    ?8. We send not the angels down except for just cause: if they came (to the ungodly), behold! no respite would they have! ?

    ?9. We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption"). Long Liv

  • anyone anywhere 3 years ago

    we wont burn your bible because we are unlike you.
    happy war for oil( and now gulf oil) and for is-real

  • A Muslim 3 years ago

    Burning the Qur'an is actully the best way of disposing it. a Qur'an whose pages are dogged is best burnt and/or buried. So burning the Qur'an isn't the humiliation they think it to be, we do it all the time!

    besides a man of faith should know the Qur'an lives in all Muslims not the physical writing of words in the book. it is a spirit. to be honest, I just wanted to add a few lines but got this far. I haven't even brought up the truth about 9/11 which evidence shows was a mossad false flag op..

    will the honourable pastor use the torah for cleaning his ass. the tedious scrolls look very much like toilet paper.

    Good day all.

  • Peyton Manning 3 years ago

    did sny one see the book burn?

    Cos to me it looked like that book wasnt being burnt at all even with the lighter fluid being thrown on it

  • Angeleyez 3 years ago

    burning the quran will not condemn the terrorists nor will it appease the wrath of the victims..neither will stop the menace..it purely fanatical fantasies

  • yisrael 3 years ago

    911 - A Mossad false flag op.
    They're experts in blowing up buildings.
    King David Hotel - 1948
    The Lavon Affair - 1953
    And many many more. And "LIBERTY".
    They even produce their own fake videos
    just as that of the Gaza Flotilla attack.
    And not to forget the Dubai Mossad mess
    complete with faked genuine passports.
    Without doubt, the pastor is a parochial goon.
    By way of deception....

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