July 31st, 2010
10:54 PM ET

Church plans Quran-burning event

In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to 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.

"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," Pastor Terry Jones told CNN's Rick Sanchez earlier this week.

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  1. Reality

    Wow, apparently the Muslim defenders are out in force this evening, so one more time since said defenders fail to read the previous comments on this topic:

    Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!
    And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library.

    When the last priests, rabbis, evangelists, monks and imams are put out to pasture, I will then be able burn my reference books on religion. Cannot wait!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 12:31 am |
    • TammyB

      Read it, bored with it. Get a new rant. Or at least change it up a bit. We all know you don't like religion, and you think it's all a load of crap, and myth, and cons, etc. etc. SO?

      August 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Fakir

    I live in the USA which means I live Under Satan's Authority. Burning the Holy Quran or thinking that Muslims are terrorist just shows the ignorance of some Americans. I'm very sympathetic to the lost of life on 9/11, however jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steal. Furthermore, why did the 3rd building fall and it was never hit? If you examine the footage of 9/11the lobby in both towers was blown up to comprise the foundation of the structure. Basically it was a organized demolishing. That's why the steal beams were never testing for explosives. America is the "Mystery Babylon" talked about in the book of Revelation. There is no group of indigenous people on this earth that America hasn't been to war with. She lust to kill in the name of democracy. If one studies the etymological root of the word democracy it means the rule of the devil. Im just sick of people looking at the effect of situations and not the cause. America was in bed with Osama and Saddam at one point in history America even funding Saddam so he can create weapons of mass destruction. during a 8 year war with Iran. People just need to study history instead of passing judgment." Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." John 8:7

    August 3, 2010 at 12:21 am |
    • M

      Dude.. the world's a big place. If it's that objectionable to you, prove it.

      August 3, 2010 at 12:31 am |
    • TammyB

      Number one...you need to study etymology. The word democracy is from the Greek demos which means "people" and kratos which means "force" or "power". So it means a power of the people, not a derivative of Satan, unless you are calling all Americans Satan. In that case, you are no better than that pastor who is burning all the Qurans. You are bigoted and intolerant, if that is the case. Also, please....jet fuel is one of the most hottest propellants and can heat steel to melting. There is no big conspiracy theory here. It happened. And by the way, all types of people from many different countries and religions died in 09/11, not just Americans. Also, America is not the only people who have little spats or wars with other people. Look at all the tribes in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian countries that have been fighting and trying to wipe each other out for centuries. If you don't like American, are not willing to help fight to make it better (peacefully), but are taking all the benefits from being here (like being able to have whatever opinion you want and spout it everywhere unlike in other countries) then you also are no better than those who would seek to destroy it. You have to decide what you want, what values you want to live with, and if it's not here, then you must go and live where you feel comfortable. If not, then don't take the cowards way out and spew a lot of hate for America just like this "pastor" is spewing hate for Muslims/Islam.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Dr. Sharma

    Why did he choose 9th anniversary, why not 10th?
    Obviously this nut is seeking publicity for some personal gain. Wake up people you are wasting so much time discussing this. Somone will seek injunction against it, but he may have already gotten what he wanted from this gimmick, do not give him any more publicity. He deserves to be ignored.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:04 am |
    • TammyB

      It is not a waste to speak up about and protest against a hate crime. I am not Muslim, but I am a respectful human being. I believe those who aren't should be called out. Being silent, to me, is like advocating for people like this "pastor" who preaches hate. I cannot be silent.

      August 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  4. M

    Variation on a theme well known to Muslims (and, likely, to everybody as well, but for those who don't know we learn it through a very beautiful chapter in the Qu'ran which I have always found very useful in dealing with people who try to bother me or start a reaction)...

    To you is your religion, to me is mine.

    Do as you will – doesn't diminish my faith, weaken my obligation, or lessen my commitment.

    August 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • TammyB

      Everyone should write that down, including extreme atheists and agnostics! Even though they are not into religion, they too have their beliefs and some of them get a little extreme too! In other words, tolerance and understanding, ALL!

      August 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  5. Raven

    And people wonder why Islam hates Americans? This is why! Stop alienating other faiths, and perhaps people would be more at peace with each other.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  6. Mgolam

    Burning an scripture is solely depends on the person who is doing it. Any follower of the scripture, including Quran, shouldn't be disturbed by the fact. Here is a guidance from Quran that Muslims should reflect on.

    [6:35] If their rejection gets to be too much for you, you should know that even if you dug a tunnel through the earth, or climbed a ladder into the sky, and produced a miracle for them (they still would not believe). Had GOD willed, He could have guided them, unanimously. Therefore, do not behave like the ignorant ones.

    Reigns is inward not outward as depicted by followers of all religions including Islam. We get offended most by someone Else's criticism about religion but surprisingly, we know the least! Fact: 99% of Muslims do not know what is in Quran! How do I know, I dwell among them. Blogger s, if you have Muslim friends, ask them.

    [53:39] Every human being is responsible for his own works.

    By the way, fundamentalists are the ones who doesn't know the scripture. Moderates also doesn't know the scripture. Devil misleads many thereby into agony of HELL.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  7. wolf

    I did answer your post, but it seems that it is not there anymore. No, I don't expect you to apoligize for the past sins of others. The church I spoke of was the Church of Rome. The pope admitted to being wrong for not helping the war torn Jewish nation. But when the press asked about the church sanctioned witch burnings, his comment was "no comment".

    You never said if you agreeded with the Koran being burned. If you do, that is your right under the laws of this country. As is the dove world outreach center legally within their rights to do so. Just as the KKK is within their rights to march, as long as no one is hurt or laws broken. That also means that Bibles or Books Of Shadows(from my religion) can also be destroyed. That doesn't mean that we should set by and not voice our outrage. This is how the equal rights amendment was almost passed and the civil rights laws enacted. Rights are rights, be they civil, personal, religious, or world. We have to stand up for what we believe. Maybe those who follow the Koran will see that not all agree with the few.

    I know my posts are over the top and this side of radical, and ridiculous. but I wanted to stress that this is all religious persecution. It doesn't matter if you are a follower of the one God and his Son, of the Mother and her Consort, of Allah, of Buddah, or are Hindu. If you believe with all your heart in one of the hundreds of religions, and if you are afraid to show it, your soul can slowly whither and die. That is how hate is born.

    Don't apoligize to me for what your grandfathers did, unless your are still helping.


    August 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  8. peace2all

    Have we stopped the absurdity of this preacher man and his church from doing such a stupid and inflammatory act yet..?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  9. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    the pastor is an idiot. the best thing christians can do is to simply ignore islam, pretend it does not exist. treat it like the elephant in the room. zip. what islam? huh? cause the more they bad mouth islam, the more they splash islamic terrorists across their front page news, the more islam is going to spread as ignorant christians in churches across america discover islam and suddenly realize it is a superior religious model to theirs. along with the same God to worship, Jesus as a Prophet to boot. it answers all their self doubts about their own religion.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • Reality

      Hussein, Hussein, Hussein and all the other Muslims, Christians and Jews out there,

      Once again for your perusal:

      Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library burning it during the great "pink slipping" of all religions.

      August 3, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  10. Cynthia

    A hate crime is loosely defined as an act which is motivated by hostility to the victim as a result of their inclusion in a particular group, typically based on gender, religion, ethnicity, or the like. It needn't be a physical assault to inflict harm. The message being sent by the folks at this "church" is not one of tolerance. It is quite the opposite, as an overt expression of intolerance and hatred towards a large group of people based solely on their involvement with that group. That is extremely damaging and disrespectful, especially given the fact that many law-abiding citizens of our country, and no doubt their community, are Muslim.

    Before any of us become Muslims, or Catholics, or Jewish, or anything at all that could be construed as a label, remember: we are human beings first. Humans the world over have a personal responsiblity to do the right thing, regardless of their associations. Placing the blame on religion as opposed to the individual completely removes culpability from the one making the choices. Allah is not waging war on America, any more than Jesus rode into battle during the Crusades. It's not a religious text that makes an individual jump out of bed in the morning and decide to crash a plane into a soft target. It's human corruption and the horrific abuse by those with power of those without, that ultimately leads to such destructive outcomes.

    I have personally emailed the church to express my disgust with their actions, and encourage others to do the same. If they are receiving any financial perks as a result of their classification as a "church", i.e., non-profit status, tax exemption, I believe it should be revoked. If freedom of religion is a hand-tying issue for a suitable 'official' response, I dare hope that freedom of litigation awards appropriate damages to the families in their community who have been adversely affected by this hateful propaganda campaign.

    In the meantime, let's stop pinning the hateful acts committed by a small number of people on this god or that god. It's far simpler than that.

    "God's work isn't done by God, it's done by people." -Ani DiFranco

    August 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
    • TammyB

      Well said! It's as I said before, this IS a hate crime, and I firmly beleive that, so I don't know why the authorities aren't involved in this. I too will be emailing that so called church to tell them how I feel, but what I really want to know is why higher powers aren't doing anything about this blatant hate crime?

      August 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  11. .................

    I think they should be allowed to burn the quran and we shall see what happens.
    I have never seen a Quran burnt. I have never seen it before.....Pls if you have, tell me.

    I think God, Allah will fight for himself if they try to do such and they shall serve as scape goat to others.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:33 am |
    • huma

      allah will protect the book no matter what happens and when they try to do this act they will be pusnished and i pary to alah that they go to hell

      August 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  12. Gary

    Typical religious fanatics trying to destroy the religious text of another religion. religous people need to grow up. Use the brains their imaginary God gave them. Take your face out of your bibles,qurans and join the human race.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:14 am |
    • huma

      nowhere in the quran is there any space for terrorism and other violent acts

      August 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  13. siraj

    how could christians say this crap and cheap thing and if they will to this evil thing we not be keep quiet any more

    August 2, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  14. asif sindhu

    This should not happen, as every religion has its own identity & values. Church should never do this.As muslim respect other holy books other religions should also respect Holy Quran.

    August 2, 2010 at 9:03 am |
    • TammyB

      Well, what you must understand is that anyone can call a gathering a "church" full of believers, and the pastor can pay $6 bucks to somewhere on the back of a magazine and get his little certificate that says he's a man of God. However, this "church" is not a "church"....I believe he is just gathering hate mongers who wish for the rest of us to believe they are doing this in the name of religion. So you are right, a church must never burn another's Holy Book....but this "pastor" and "church" are not a real pastor and church...they are just a gathering of hateful, bigoted people.

      August 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  15. Mustapha

    Listen to ur selfs,the devil saying something is evil.The Holy Quran lives 4 ever!you can burn as many bt cant take it away 4m us.may God 4give you.

    August 2, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  16. FITRAH

    As a Muslim, I praise those (does not matter what religion you are) who support LOVE & PEACE. Basically, as we all know that ALLAH, create this world with LOTS OF LOVE, for us to submit to HIM and HIM only, so that we can dwell his peaceful Heaven. The whole script is about GOOD versus EVIL, you know whose GOOD and you know whose EVIL. No point arguing over EVIL that want to overthrow GOOD. If your path in this LIfe is about finding PEACE, SERENITY & GOD'S LOVE, then leave the EVILNESS (SATAN) behind. He is in the name of Allah Almighty, the King of all Liars. Stick with Satan, he will bring you down to HELL, where you will there Forever. Can't you understand , that it is all about SATAN (evil) tricking HUMANS into going against the command of ALLAH (GOD). So Humans, spread the LOVE AROUND, as how ALLAH has commanded us. WHY ARE WE STILL BLIND?

    August 2, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  17. ND

    I dont c any rationality behind this action. what are they gonna prove? Islam is a devine religion which asks its followers to respect humanity, so does christianity..the former cannot be tarnished by such inhuman actions.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:08 am |
    • Reality

      Islam is a devine religion which asks its followers to respect humanity? Give it a rest!!!

      How does the following show that Islam asks its followers to respect humanity?

      The koranic-driven assassinations of Theo Van Gogh and Prime Minister Bhutto and the following koranic-driven acts of horror, 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, the 3000 killed on 9/11, the 225 in Kenya, the 227 in Bali, the 191 in Spain, the 52 in England, the 100,000 in Iraq, the 40,000 in Afghanistan, the 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood, the 38 in Russia, the 98 in Pakistan, the 270 in Lockerbie and the list goes on.

      August 3, 2010 at 12:21 am |
    • TammyB

      @Reality.....Yawn. Your same old posts are getting old. Try at least a new one. I am sure I can dig up a whole bunch of facts and figures that says that ALL MEN ARE EVIL or can be, and it doesn't have to be driven by religion. Many, many wars were started and ran from greed (wanting oil, wanting land, wanting what the other guy had), not just religion. Other acts of evil have been perpetrated by people who didn't believe in God or anything (serial killers and rapists). It's not just religion people fight about, it's a lot of things. Human nature sucks!

      August 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  18. Khalid

    That's what all Anti-Islam are good at.. To all the dumb/Christian people out there! Read the Qur'an and judge it's teachings, Don't look at people. As much as we have bad Muslims you have bad Christians. And Jesus said in your Bible "For every tree is judged by it's fruit" So read the Qur'an and try to understand it's teaching, every teachings in the Qur'an we(Muslims) must obey it and we cannot go against it and Allah gives every human being (Muslim or non Muslim) a freedom of choice.. Whether he chooses the evil way or the good way, And not every Muslims follows the Qur'ans teaching nor the Prophet (SAW) these are Muslims by name and if any of you think that Islam promotes violence or terrorism.. Believe me.. as a Muslim I haven't killed anyone yet.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:02 am |
    • Susan

      Kahlid, very well said. As one who was brought up in a truly Christian home, I was taught to respect all races and religions. Today, I am married to a practicing Muslim. I have never known anyone who is more dedicated to his Allah, our God. He truly practices his teachings. He does believe in peace and happiness and it is played out in his life every day. His actions show this daily whereas, I know and am associated with many "Christians" who appear in church on Sunday and live however they choose the rest of the week. One hour a week does not a Christian make. I might add that the one hour is not solely dedicated to praising God. A good portion of it is used to talk about upcoming social events and to beg for money for one thing or another.

      August 7, 2010 at 7:31 am |
    • huma

      thankyou khalid many people now will see muslims are not bad and thankyou susan

      August 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  19. peace

    First of all I am sorry to say that pastor is a very bad leader. He does not want peace to reign across the world. Has anyone ever sat down to think about the outcome of this event? It is gion to be haterd spread all over the world. Between muslims and christains. The damage will be way worse than the 9/11. I am very sorry for those that go to that church. Coz clearly the man is not fit to be a pastor. Only God knows what he has been telling his people to do. Infact who even gave him the right and odacity to make such a decision about peoples religion. To BURN what people belive in ? That is pure dis respect. We are already struggling with peace around the world like that isn't enough! He wants to complicate matters! Now that I hav even been thinking, it clearly looks like he is the devil himself! This is world peace we are talking about! Think people!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:48 am |
  20. Mike

    Burning the Qu'aran? Why stop there? Toast up the Bible, the Torah, Book of Mormon and anything else offensive. This kind of hate and intolerance is nothing new and only serves to re-enforce the concept that fundamentalism of any stripe is bad and fundamentalists of any stripe, Christian, Muslim or Jew are just plain nuts.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:24 am |
    • Reality

      Yes indeed and the toasting should be done by the followers of said books who have been the victims of the biggest frauds ever pulled on humankind!!!!

      August 3, 2010 at 12:16 am |
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