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September 10th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Response to Quran burning: a peace 'photobomb'

Writer and photographer Karen Walrond was beyond upset to hear the news that a pastor at a church in Gainesville, Florida, was organizing a "Burn the Quran Day" on September 11.

"I pretty much lost my mind" when I first heard of the event, Walrond told CNN's Camille Felton.

At first, Walrond ranted and raved and got really angry.

"I kept thinking, should I organize a protest? What am I going to do?"

Eventually, she calmed down. The Houston, Texas, woman realized the best way to fight hatred was with love.

So she put out a call on her blog chookooloonks.com for peaceful images and messages. And she created what she calls a "photobomb" to send to the Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center.

The response - from a tolerant America - was overwhelming.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Islam • Muslim • Quran

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  1. Muneef

    Sorry got cut... We call Thorah that landed on Moses and Alzaboor landed on King David and Al Angeel landed on Jueses and Al Quran landed on Muhammed and that those three holy books got completed as one by Al Quran, which means we ought if read the three before is to read the fourth to get the complete picture of what is wanted from us by God the Creator of all and not by any Religions blind extremists that what to force upon us what God tell us to and not to.
    The first verse of Quran landed to prophet Muhammed by the Holy Spirit was Iqra which means read,be believers are requested to read and I wish you can read it if can search for Quran in English translation or in any other language it is Sura 96 and I think for those who know about numbers and what they tell would realize what this number means and my little knowledge in that tells me it means 9 for Masculine and 6 for Feminine, as well means 9 for hate and 6 for Love. Read it please... Goodbye for now and thanks for your time and interest.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:33 am |
  2. Muneef

    Tell you what on day 10 Sept being Eid holidays I traveled to visit my old mother and so to speaking to her I mentioned that a Christian Priest is intending to burn 200 Holy Quran Books on 11 Sept and that I am following the issue on tv news. She replied to me with a question (Why would they do that,we memorize the Quran and many copies available that they cannot destroy). I said to her mum it is the insult to God and Muslims only and not meant to destroy Quran. She replied to me saying(oh son they will only bring curse to the selves by doing that).
    Then I started to think of what she said and was able to see what she meant when thought of the split that would take place among Both faiths in non Muslim countries between the Christian and Muslim faith ! Then thought now with such a stand between USA and Iran and what's happening in Afghanistan,Pakistan and Iraq beside what's happening to East Europe countries where Muslims been exterminated by Christians, this issue I thought could become as a weapon for Iran to call upon a Holy war (jehad) since Islam is being provoked globally by Christians who tell us they are tought to love their neighbors, well if that is the case our Islam teaches us to love up to the seventh neighbor and not only the next door neighbor? Christian love has exterminated and deported many Muslims from Spanish soils, I do not want to list all that happened since then all over continents of Christian love to neighbors?. Listen I have no hate for Christens but might petty them for being stubborn closing their eyes,deafening their ears,blocking their minds from understanding the real value that the Holy Book of Al Quran and Prophet Muhammed brought to humanity that are as the values brought by our father Adam and all Prophets from Noah to Abraham to Ishmael to Jacob,Mosses 2222222 Jesus....Some one mentioned that the Quran wants to delete all other Bibles while the Quran tells us that it completes those ones before which we call as the Thorah

    September 17, 2010 at 2:05 am |
  3. Cyndy

    I ran across a news blurb about this project, and have since bookmarked Karen's blog. I am a practicing Buddhist, and have been for nearly forty of my 57 years. Karen found a wonderful creative positive answer to the brain numbing actions of hate. Once you start dividing our country, America, into divisions based solely on religious beliefs, where do you draw the line? I appreciate and applaud Karen for showing so clearly that, while a minority may use division and hate to further their interpretation of a religion, the majority of us prefer peaceful coexistence. And I am talking about us here in America, who we believe we are. I believe that we, as a people, should respect each other....though you are a born again Christian who is secure in your faith, you also will allow me to practice and believe my Buddhist teachings without fear that someone will come along and try to close my places of worship and burn my holy teachings. We are truly better than this, or so I believe.

    September 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  4. Laura Scarborough

    there has been so much divisive hate going on of late...nothing like the amazing unity that we all exhibited in the early days after 9-11. So many were murdered on 9-11...Christians, Jews, Athiests, Agnostics, Hindus, Buddists...and MUSLIMS...all were innocent. NONE deserved to be murdered that day by such hate-blinded radicals. The memory family and friends whom I LOST that day is not honored...NEVER honored by hate regardless of the faith the hate-mongers represent. How could do nothing but respond by participating in Ms Wahlrond's photoboimb project. The photos and messages I shared represented my cousing and the friends whom I lost that horrible day 9 years ago...they represented their beliefs, their values, their loves. I am truly thankful that the pastor of the church in Florida had a change in heart. Thank you, Sir!

    September 12, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  5. DaveinSC

    @Val

    I understand what you are trying to say, but lets let a group of christian people gather in the streets of new york, as these people did, and I promise you they will not be met with the same courtesy as the muslims were.

    *******
    Just because you're allowed to do something doesn't mean that you shouldn't use your ability to reason. Being allowed to do something doesn't automatically make it the right thing.

    You can apply that logic to what they are doing concerning the mosque. You could also apply that to the abortion issue as well. It would seem that more people should understand this, but theyu do not.

    the botomline is that I think that burning the quran is a waste of time but he does have the right. My question is this, was this mosque being planned to be built before 9/11 or after. if the answer is after then they should look at this with logic you stated and I quoted here in my reply. Apparently, they are choosing not to do the right thing, and will prbably build it anyway.

    September 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
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