Religious leaders in Gainesville, Florida, have planned a Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope, in response to a local church's International Burn a Quran Day.
"We feel compelled to raise our voices to proclaim that the action the Dove World Outreach Center is proposing is absolutely wrong and counter to the life and teaching of the Jesus whom we love, follow and call savior and Lord," Senior Minister Dan Johnson of Trinity United Methodist Church said, in a note posted on his church's website Wednesday.
As part of the Gainesville Interfaith Forum - made up of Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus - Trinity Church will host the event September 10, the notice said, the night before the planned Quran burning.
"Our goal is to foster understanding, mutual respect and peace, while recognizing and appreciating our own particular faith understandings," Johnson said.
The nondenominational Outreach Center said it will host the Quran-burning event on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The group said it will 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.
Wednesday, the city of Gainesville denied a burn permit to the center, said Bob Woods, City of Gainesville spokesman.
"It was a question of public safety," said Woods. "The Gainesville Fire Department has notified the center through a letter," he said.
But that isn't stopping the church. The Gainesville Sun reported that, in an e-mail newsletter sent out Wednesday, the church announced: "City of Gainesville denies burn permit - BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS."
Gene Prince, the interim chief of Gainesville Fire Rescue, told the Sun on Wednesday that under the city's fire prevention ordinance, an open burning of books is not allowed. He said if the church goes ahead with its plan, it will be fined.
And the church's intentions aren't the issue. "It wouldn't matter what the book is they're burning," Deputy Chief Tim Hayes told the Sun.
"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," Dove World Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones told CNN's Rick Sanchez last month.
Jones wrote a book titled "Islam is of the Devil," and the church sells coffee mugs and shirts featuring the phrase.
On the church's website, a section details "Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran."
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 month-long 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.
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I wish I had pastor Terry Jones' E-mail address. Will someone provide that to me?
I don't believe that this pastor would appreciate it if Muslims in return burned a stack of Bibles, or took it a step further and started burning Christian churches –
This pastor, however, following his own logic, may then advocate burning down mosques in retaliation.
The burning might not stop there but may spill out into the general city streets – Satan himself would laugh in delight at his success of causing people in their religious fervor to bring about a fiery hell on earth.
The burning might not stop there but may spill out into the general city streets – Satan himself would laugh in delight at his success of causing people in their religious fervor to bring about about a fiery hell on earth.
IF THIS BOOK IS REALY GOD BOOK HE WILL PROTECTED HIMSILF .
On behalf of the Christian Community, condemn the proposed burning of Koran by Rev. Terry Jons. May God grant him wisdom to see beyound his own church. Any harm to Christians in Pakistan will rest on the shoulders of Rev. Terry Jons. Please remember, Rev. Jons, you burn Koran you burn hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Christians.
Terry Jones is looking for his 15 minutes of fame and trying really hard to cause a national if not international incident that originates from his divisive and insecurities. He does not deserve the title pastor, he should be put out to pasture by his flock. Lets see how much weight the FBI puts on hate crimes. If you read the definition this will fall into that category. I really wish Terry Jones and his ilk would all move to Texas and then do the United States a favor and secede.
It sounds as though CNN is the official propaganda apologist for islam
It's not islamaophobia
It's that American's are aware of the plague of islam in other country's
It's a so called of religion of conquest intolerance and maniacal hatred toward women and any others that are different
No American's are not sheep ready for the slobbering jaws of islam
They are protecting the Sanctity of their Great Country
Watch ur mouth about sayin pedophile ur da pedophile u dnt want me goin sayin stuf bout ur religion!!
Collect copies of "Fitna", "Why I am not a Muslim", "Islamic Genital Mutilation", "Pedophile Mohamed" and organise a bonfire. Throw in a few Bibles for good measure and I have no doubt in my mind that the city authorities would willingly give their blessing.
Every Muslim is proud of wat dey r nd we will c in da end wah wuld happend to any person who hates islam! Nd I wnt b upset if I c u burnin in hell!! Ya kafron!
“Do you want to burn the Quran?”
If you want to burn the Quran I invite you to read it first.
Then it is your choice to proceed; You will figure out that:
You will be burning Adam and Noah, Abraham and Issac, Jacob and Josef, David and Salomon, Moses and John….and all prophets and saints
You will be burning Jesus and his saint spirit ….
You will be burning Mary and her baby ….
You will be burning the Torah and the Bible ….
Burn the light to satisfy your darkness….
Burn the love to satisfy your hatred….
Burn the peace to satisfy your anger….
Burn the compassion to satisfy your cruelty….
Burn the knowledge to satisfy your ignorance….
Do all the above in your heart only….
Oh wait; would you still have a heart after the above?! Would you be Christian or Jewish, would you be even human?!
The Quran won’t be affected of what you would do, because the creator said about it:
“Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian.” 15-9
You would burn the papers of the Quran, but even by burning it, it will show light… to all man kind.
It will keep saying: “Their intention is to extinguish God's Light with their mouths: But GOD will complete His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).”61-9
And it will keep saying: “And the servants of the Beneficent God are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace!”25-63
Hassan Yaghi, Seattle, Wa
Aug 26, 2010
Reading the Gospels, we find Jesus hanging out with the "others" which those in his society had rejected. He was in the home of the "tax collectors and sinners" – those who were on the margins of society, the outcasts of his day. So, today, he would be having mint tea with Muslims who, unfortunately, have become the objects of our xenophobia. I'm not sure what my fellow Christians ARE reading when they support separation, marginalization and aggressive acts such as Koran burning. Have they left aside reading the Bible? Back to the example of Christ, brothers and sisters!
you are proving to whole world that you are liars pretending of calling for peace while burning others religons books , you will prove your rasicm infrontof the whole world and will manage to get 1.6 billion muslims mad from you due to your acts
lets see where this is going
all non muslims must watch it and understand the conaiquences
u will manage to unite 1.6 billion muslims against you bec of being very mad from your racist acts
this will be the start of your end , time will tell , and the ppl responsible for this will eventually say oh my god what have i done !!!
check this video
for all non muslims its important to watch it and understand the actions related to what you are about to fo
burning our quran will never bring peace it will only make more than 1.5 billion ppl very mad at you and will prove to the whole world how racist you are ,
the burning of quran will be the start of your end .
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