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Timeline of Florida's Quran-burning pastor
Florida pastor Terry Jones.
April 1st, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Timeline of Florida's Quran-burning pastor

On Friday, a bloody attack on a United Nations building in Mazar-e Sharif is suspected to have been carried out by a mob protesting  last month's Quran burning by Pastor Terry Jones.  The Florida pastor made headlines last year when he threatened to burn Qurans to protest Islam, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  On March 20, he went through with the act, this time failing to attract widespread media attention.  However, the incident triggered outrage in Pakistan, which condemned the desecration and called for him to be charged with terrorism.  Here's a timeline of events leading up to the Quran burning:

July 2010

Pastor Terry Jones, head of the 60-member Dove World Outreach Center church near Gainesville, Florida, announces he will host "International Burn a Quran Day" on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He tells CNN at the time that the event is to protest "the brutality of Islamic law" and that "Islam is of the devil."

The event is roundly denounced by a number of groups, including the National Association of Evangelicals.

August 2010

Religious leaders in Gainesville, Florida, hold a peace gathering to show solidarity in their opposition to Jones' planned event. The city of Gainesville denies a burn permit to Dove World Outreach Center, but the church says it still plans to go ahead with the Quran burning. Jones says an armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will provide security for the church. The organization later pulls its support, saying the event "does not glorify God."

September 2010

Jones signals that he may reconsider the Quran burning after a warning from Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, that it could put U.S. forces in danger.

The Vatican and others continue to urge the church not to burn Islam's holy book as worldwide protests start to heat up. Meanwhile, the U.S. military prepares for the worst.

Days before the planned event, Jones gives mixed messages about whether he intends to carry out his plans: He calls the Quran burning off, then says the church will "rethink our position."   As the date approaches, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Barack Obama publicly urge him to call off the event. Jones also announces he plans to travel to New York on the day of the planned burning to meet with the imam behind a proposed Islamic center near ground zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks.

On September 11, 2010, Jones tells NBC, "We will definitely not burn the Quran. Not today, not ever."  He heads to New York where he sets up a meeting with the imam in charge of the proposed ground zero Islamic center.   Speculation that Jones called off the Quran burning as part of a deal to move the proposed Islamic center is disputed by a Florida Muslim leader.  Meanwhile, analysts criticize the media coverage of Jones and speculate whether it was all a publicity stunt by a pastor from a small Florida town.

October 2010

A New Jersey dealership gives Jones a free car for calling off the Quran burning.

December 2010-January 2011

Jones is invited to speak at an English Defense League rally in February 2011, but the British government denies him entry.  Jones vows to take legal action.

March  2011

Jones announces he will hold "International Judge the Koran Day" on March 20, in which he stages a mock trial of the Quran, burns the Muslim holy book, and posts photos on his church's website. The incident receives little media attention in the United States, but is publicly condemned by Pakistan's government. The country's interior minister calls for international terrorism charges to be leveled against Jones, according to The Associated Press of Pakistan.

Jones says he plans to take part in an April protest at the American Islamic Community Center, in Dearborn, Michigan, outside Detroit. The protest against "Sharia and Jihad" is scheduled for Good Friday, two days before Easter.  Officials at the Islamic Center of America are still deciding how to respond, though they are leaning toward a Good Friday counter-event that would bring together religious leaders of different backgrounds to encourage tolerance and interfaith dialogue.

April 1, 2011

Protests break out in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan against the March 20 Quran burning in Florida. A United Nations source says an attack on a U.N. building in the city that left 12 people killed - eight U.N. workers and four Afghans - followed those protests.

Jones issues a statement calling the killings “tragic,”  and urging the United States and the United Nations to “hold these countries and people accountable for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities.”

- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Florida • Islam • Pakistan • Quran

soundoff (606 Responses)
  1. angryoldguy

    So, he's doing "God's Will" is he? So ramping up anger, hatred, distrust , violence and inciting murder & vengence is "God's Will"? Which god are we talking about here? not in my church! He IS A FALSE PROPHET! THIS MAN LOOKS FOR NOTHING BUT ATTENTION & SELF-AGRANDIZMENT! And look what happens! He brings death to people he doesn't even know & idiots who follow him seek to justify his actions by saying that "he is doing God's Will" Yes, the will of a very dark god, indeed! Not the one I was brought up to believe in! He makes America look bad & makes a mockery of Christianity! Disgusting!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • GoodOnHim

      Who cares what his motives are? So we as Americans now need to self censor everything we do, just in case it'll anger some religious group known primarily for their barbaric acts and short fuses? To what end? They've already won. They're directly affecting our actions on a daily basis, getting us ask "how high" when they say jump.

      If the Muslims all got together tomorrow and decided that anyone who eats pork is directly insulting Muhammud and should be put to death, would you stop eating bacon (or whatever) because the Muslims half a world away may or may not protest and murder a bunch of people?

      No thanks.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Get a grip.
      Amen..

      April 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The phony heaven sent is a perverted non-believer hiding behind a Christians handle to cause chaos.

      Amen.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • James

      To GoodOnHim:

      Don't look now, but I believe that the Bible talks about not eating pork! I could be wrong, but I don't think so!!!!!!!!!

      April 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • James

      Angry:

      You may be old, and you may be angry, but you're on point with this one!

      April 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  2. Larry L

    It's quite scary to see some folks supporting the hatred of this evil person. Still, it's about what I expect of both Islam and Christianity. Both are tainted with brain-washed radicals incapable of actually following their own doctrine. The world would be a better place without religion.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  3. psx2rulz

    so they get to burn bibles all day long and we set fire to ONE quran and we get bished at? LOL. gonna go burn another now

    April 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • James

      ??? Are you an idiot? YES.....................!

      April 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  4. LoveOfIgnorance

    I love how you guys hide behind your blind faith and act like trolls on a news website. Stop judging through blind hatred and look at the actions people themselves are taking to prove a point. He burned their holy book which led to our people dieing. They would not have died had he not instigated the situation. If you honestly believe that a Bible was pushed onto you then I would assume if i ask you to smoke drugs you would take them as well?

    April 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • peoplecalmdown

      perhaps you should look at your own actions, which are of hypocrisy, because you just judged Christians through theirs. If you hate to be judged then why judge. Christians don't judge, we leave that to the higher powers. If you let iniquity and hate rule your world, then you will be like the many who run their mouths off about something they don't understand.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  5. Marky

    Religion is the source of more hatred, more death, more bloodshed, and more crap than any other concept ever pondered.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • peoplecalmdown

      only extreme religion is the source of hatred, true Christians don't hate, but love, aim to spread love, justification is through love which was sent in the form of a man, don't let extremists guide your opinion.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • peoplecalmdown

      http://www.testifi.webs.com

      April 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Sko

      as well as beauty, charity, compassion, service, art, literature, music, architecture, hope, etc. etc.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • amust

      Soviets (USSR) were atheist ( no religion) and they wrecked havoc all over, for which US ( a religious country -supposedly) fought hard and won. so it is human nature (greed) which makes war/violence, and not religion. religion are used by war-mongers to get the ordinary poeple to fight on behalf of rich/politicians/hawks. ALL religion promotes peace, alebit in a different method. ALL religion promote justice and freedom from opression and that means defence someitme.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      peoplecalmdown, get a backbone. We don't love folks that hate Jesus.

      Amen.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • ScottK

      @HS – It's hard to hate a guy that died 2000 years ago and hasn't been seen since.

      @amust – You do know there is a difference between atheist & socialist right? Russians were allowed to worship any God they wanted in the privacy of their own homes, organized religion was the only thing banned during that time, and 70% today claim to be Russian Orthodox. Also, it might be mind expanding to look up how many American's have been killed by USSR's "havoc all over" in the war you claim we won. They killed lot's and lot's of their own people through the years, but technically the "cold war" with the US was over when the USSR dissolved in 1991 but capitalism was the real victor, not America.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • James

      Great! Your poetry is music to my ears.

      How mindless can they be anyway?

      April 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • James

      Marky:

      Music to my ears. On point!

      April 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  6. peoplecalmdown

    I would say he succeeded in getting media attention if people in Pakistan knew about the burnings, the more you make it a big deal, the more attention it will attract, the more hateful comments you post, the more hate that will be spread for something so simple, don't give yourselves up because one person thinks what he is doing is love.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • H. B.

      People are blaming this pastor. People are blaming the Afghanis who slaughtered. Is anyone pointing to the media? If they hadn't reported this burning event, nobody would have been killed. Aren't THEY equal in culpability for those who were slaughtered? The media DID have the option to regard the whole thing as "not newsworthy." So why didn't they? No news about the burning=no slaughterings in Afghanistan.

      The pastor did something that was within his rights, even if it was utterly inane. He harmed nobody in doing it, though, not even any people in the Islamic world. He just burned a book. Yes, he knew what the repercussions were likely to be on the other side of the planet, but his own rear was pretty safe. He did it because he wanted to make a point about violence-prone Islam. He didn't NEED to; the slaughterings over cartoons and the Pope hinting that Muslims force conversions already DID that. Of course, he also did it for the publicity.

      This pastor already knows that hate and violence can combine beautifully with religious piety, and achieve far more in the world than love and peace – at least the achievements will satisfy the power lust of leaders, if not the believers themselves. But believers are given many perks that keep their hatreds at a boiling point. Christianity, if it hasn't already changed to that kind of thing, soon will do so. Hate has always been a stronger lure than love. Though I dislike most religions, I can clearly see that losing that love-based concept of Christianity will indeed be a big loss. I can do without the mummery of the texts, but the concept of "love thy neighbor" has inherent value, no matter what its source.

      But setting that putz aside, those people in Afghanistan could have just shrugged their shoulders and ignored the behavior of one stupid man. They didn't, because they're Muslims, and they can't. But THAT is their own doing, their OWN choice to make. So while the pastor is guilty of deliberately trying to provoke them into violence, THEY are equally guilty of being so inanely provokable. And the media is to blame for goosing it all along the way.

      So all are guilty, to one degree or another. I have no respect or sympathy for any of them. But I DO have plenty of it for the ones whose lives were so bestially, brutally and senselessly ended. The pastor, the Afghani slaughtering Muslims, and the world media, share the blame for the loss of these lives.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  7. Rake

    I don't care if his actions are considered offensive to muslims. He has a right to make them and why does it take other religious nutjobs to point out to are PC country that Islam is anything but a religion of peace? Just ask a muslim what the punishment for apostasy is and you'll see the religion is violent in nature. All religions are puerile but when one religion takes its childish beliefs and turns them into violent actions, then it's time for the adults to say "you cant play with that anymore."

    April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • James

      Rake:

      I guess you haven't read the Bible lately, have you? Violence in the Bible? "Say it ain't so, Joe".

      April 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Theoderic

      Righto! The insanity of religion, no matter what kind, is nothing but a sickness of the mind!

      April 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  8. Disgusted with jones

    I have lived over in that part of the world and know how they can get stirred up like a hornets nest over nothing, blood is on the hands of jones, a pitful excuse for a human never mind a minister of gods word. like someone said, turn him over to the afghanis would be too good for him.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Obquiet

      If you know they can get stirred up over nothing, then why pick on Jones? Duh.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  9. OhMyGoodness

    I have to update my first post after reading all of these ideas. I agree with most of you regarding Rev. Jones and his actions. Given the bent toward violence of the extremists in the group he is inciting, this is likely a self correcting problem...

    April 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Walter

    Clearly things are changing in the Muslim world. When Salman Rushdie wrote the Satanic Verses, Rushdie was "implicated" by the Muslim community. Now, when a pastor in Florida supposedly burns a Koran, it's open season on anyone.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Les

    I do agree that someone should be held accountable for the deaths. To me, the question of who to hold accountable is pretty easy. Jones incited the riot by his actions and he should be responsible for the death and injury that resulted from his actions.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Obquiet

      He incited nothing. All he did was burn a quran according to the article, yet where is the proof? I haven't seen anything on CNN about this or in any newspaper. Where is the proof that he even did this? Where is the incitement when these people actively sought a reason to "riot" and murder? They were looking for any reason they could use, he just happens to be an easy target for their evil murderous religion.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • James

      Accountable? Violence? Maybe someone should "incite" violence against this preacher freak and his flock of mighty mice.

      April 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Theoderic

      As much as I do not like seeing people horribly murdered, I cannot help but think your thought process needs some oil!

      April 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  12. Do unto Terry Jones as Terry has done to others

    In honor of Terry Jones and all you , I am now going to go out and throw the various copies of the Bible that people have forced upon me and my daughter into the gaping hole of a port-a-potty. Ashes to ashes, sh!t to sh!t. That will be an Oxford Study Bibke and an NiRV Illustrated New Testament. I think I'll add the Book of Mormon that got pushed onto my daughter by Mormons who had solemnly promised that they would not proselytize her – it's a fecal bit of writing anyway, and it wants to go home.

    No joke, these books are going to their proper final resting place right now.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Jimmyjammer

      Thats fantastic....but don't forget to burn a quran as well. Whats good for the goose is good for the ... you get it

      April 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Did unto Terry Jones as he has done to others

      Don't worry – I am an equal opportunity tosser of religious sh!t into porta-potties. Quite a few squishy-splash sounds this afternoon – very satisfying. Those gibberish-filled white pages are now blue and brown, and right where they belong. Ashes to ashes . . .

      April 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • James

      I love your anger!

      April 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • James

      Oh, I forgot. The existence of the "Church" has always been to steal from the poor, and pocket the money tax free.

      The truth hurts, doesn't it folks? The sting is so sweet. But, Hell will be so much sweeter for you all!

      April 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  13. tj

    The Taliban and various Muslim sects which send suicide bombers to Funerals and into Mosques burn dozens of Korans each year. By now Muslims have probably burnt more Korans than anyone on the Planet.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Obquiet

      Wow! You are CORRECT! And I feel dumb for not thinking of that myself. I give you a thousand internets.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  14. ok

    please burn it already, you are killing us with the delay. Either do it or dont say if you dont want to do it ... just do it .. or else just shut up. muslims can kill people, and even the world, but dare you touch quran .. crazy ! fanatics are fanatics. they cant think with their heads, they think with bombs and guns.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  15. Patcee

    I think there would be charges that could be made because he knew he was inciting violence before he did it. This was not done because of his right to free speech – it was done out of hate and to show the world he would do as he wanted. I think he always had it planned this way, even when he was accepting the new car and making nice with the Muslims. He is a terrorist, just the same as those he is against. Bin Laden didn't take part in the product of his planning, but he is a terrorist because he incited violence. So is Jones.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Obquiet

      I think he could actually plead insanity in this case if he wanted. Who would disagree? Yet he did nothing wrong anyway.
      No crime here. Move along, people, nothing to see here.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • amust

      May ALLAH have mercy on the two pastors. guide them to straight path and save them from ????. They were doing it because they have not tried to read Quran; Quran/Koran has been subject to lots of controversy/etc, but it is perhaps the most read book in the world, and not just by Muslim, but by non-muslims as well. even Vatican keeps multiple copies of Quran. In it you will find the truth if you are really seeking the truth. many people tried to defame Quran or deny its originality but Quran remains the original. All people of conscious shoud condemn this but do not resort to violence, Quran doesnot ask for violence to protects itself, Quran is protected by its writer, ALLAH (GOD).

      April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Pete

      @ amust …. “Truth”?? What is the truth? Religion and Truth = objective thinking. As for me, I am true to myself. I respect people around me, regardless of religion or gender. I drink, I smoke cigarettes, I have pre-marital fornications, I do everything that certain “books” tell me not to, BUT I am still “TRUE” to myself. I think I will get through the gates, when my time comes. Don’t worry, I will save you a seat by the bar…

      April 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  16. someone

    why are you people condemning HIM? we can do what we want in our country. It's not American's fault that these people are idiot murderers. They can commit any acts against Christianity that they want in their country, but do we expect their governments to charge their people with acts of terrorism? Do we go bezerk and kill kill kill? give me a break.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • brothercatfish

      I agree.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Sko

      Totally agree

      April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Truthbetold

      why are you people condemning HIM?

      Because he is an idiot.

      we can do what we want in our country.

      No you can't. You can do things that you want.

      It's not American's fault that these people are idiot murderers.

      True

      They can commit any acts against Christianity that they want in their country

      No they can't. They can commit SOME acts against Christianity just like you can in the US. Actually, in the US you probably have the legal right to commit MORE acts against Christianity

      Do we go bezerk and kill kill kill?
      Yes, America has a pretty high homicide rate and the highest incarceration rate in the world. Sounds pretty berzerk to me. give me a break.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • wwjd

      Right on Sandy Kill Kill Money Money Money it all we do!

      April 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  17. jesse

    I dont he should be charged with anything he is an american and it is his right wether it it was a stupid and very dangerous idea to express himself wich ever way he chosse's. As far as what he did and what the consequences are he will have to live with it when he leaves this world. I dont think he will be around much longer though.god bless the us

    April 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Tell that to the families of those killed. There was no reason to burn a Koran. He has made things worse for all the western forces and aid groups in the Middle East. How is that for being good for the US? I am disgusted by people who think we should lower ourselves to the level of the terrorists just because we can. We used to stand for compassion regardless of the wilder elements of a society. Now the US is just a big mouth gunning people down at weddings and recently attacking people who were trying to help a downed American. Remember Vietnam and the slaughter of innocents. It just never stops with the US and it is dragging all of the west down the same cesspool with it.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  18. GoodOnHim

    Ya, he's the bad guy in all this. How dare he exercise his right to non-violently protest a religion. Didn't he know that these innocent, peace loving Muslims would be forced to take to the streets and kill innocent people for this deed, halfway across the globe? I say we immediately start a fund to reimburse them for the ammunition and time they spent to kill and behead those people who had absolutely nothing to do with the quran burning.

    How can Islam spread its word of love and joy if it doesn't ruthlessly murder any and all those who dare oppose it?

    April 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Patcee

      Yes, he did know. He knew exactly what would take place and did it anyway. He is as bad as they are.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Cheechako

      @Patcee – that obviously went right over your head. Pull yer head out of yer ass.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • CT

      This pastor is a terrorist. He should be charged with reckless endangerment. it's the same thing as yelling fire in a crowded theater. His crime is not burning a book but deliberately setting into motion a preplanned series of events he knew would result in the loss of innocent lives.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  19. wow

    So ya it was not ok for him to burn the Quran. But is that all it takes to set these people off. I would have to say the every type of Bible has been burned at some time. Islam is so out of control they will use any thing to kill people and blame the west. We need to just leave and let them kill them selfs off. Stop getting in the way all we are doing is getting our families killed.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Pete

      OIL OIL OIL, the west needs oil, so the west needs to be there!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • marmoset

      I totally agree, the UN should pull out immediately. People are dying for what cause? What are they achieving? I ask my friends who are joining the military to be shipped to afghanistan: what are they fighting for? Is it a game to them? It's tragic when one of them dies but at the same time you asked for a fight, you got one I hope you learned your lesson.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • BurningKoransandBibles24-7

      Muslims have burned many Q'urans already, yet we do not hear of anyone being punished for that, do we?
      No, this is political, not religious. They are lying about their anger since they obviously don't care about their own burnings of the Q'uran. This is all BS!....
      . They wanted to kill those people who had nothing to do with the USA, yet they point at Jones as if he were a member of the U.N. or something.
      This whole thing smells. I'm guessing this is someone's idea of an April Fools joke. They need help.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Jones is no pastor. It IS the devil. One of many. Deaths and blood are on it.. Not the Afghanis.
    Jail is not justice. I would say that it is a lousy excuse for a so called pastor.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Obquiet

      So you think we should kill Jones or something?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      I think we should serve this so-called minister up to the Afghans. Let him explain why he did what he did. He makes all of us in the West look bad to the dangerous elements and they are plenty. I say we call for a Bible burning; at least the New Testament. I have not seen any Jews doing things like this. I have been wanting a Bible burning since I was a teenager being forced to go to a church that taught the same kinds of garbage as he does. I have nothing against Jebus and am pretty sure that, if he existed, he would be horrified at this jerk.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @HeavenSent

      You said, "Lisa I would say you are a lousy excuse for a human. He is doing God's work. You need to get right with Jesus or burn in he!!."

      You are an idiot.
      What proof do you have that your religion is the one true religion?

      God save us from religious nuts!

      Cheers!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • marmoset

      Hes doing God's work by spreading hate and anger? The person that needs to burn in hell is people like you,HeavenSent, who are no better than the extremist themselves.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Realist

      Lisa, by your reasoning, then, all of Islam is the Devil and evil. All Jones did is what every Muslim in the Middle East has done: Speak out. Do you forget all the hate speech that has come out of the Middle East for 100+ years now? what about all of the flag burning they do? The truth is the majority of all Muslims are hateful single-minded primitives.

      Note: The Muslims LOVE to blame the west for their problems. Yes, we buy their oil but it is their government's fault for not investing that money in their infrastructure. Once again, that just shows their ignorance.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Worship Money and Burn the Quran

      Oh yeah Afganistan Islam freaks, well we've bombed your entire country and some of your neighbors, now LIbya and soon to be so many more because you burned our "Holy Book"-the Twin Towers, "Peace be upon Them", which represent what we worship in America the most-Money, "Peace be upon It". So your little killing of a few over the burning of a Quran isn't anything. Just don't touch our sacred Wealth again or it's gonna be raining bombs on ya'll again!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • berliner49

      Lisa, let me know when you're holding the bible burning, I want to be part of that. And while we're at it let's get rid of the book of Mormon and anything else that preaches religious crap.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      David Johnson, YOU are a pervert.

      Amen.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
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