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. and one last thing...again

    i thought christan knew better than to waist paper and that burning things isn't the right solutuion all it dose is kill the world
    how about muslims and christians face were all gonna die first before we kill each other unless we do something other than making it worse

    August 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
    • huma

      its not just paper its my holy book. yes how stupid of a christian to do that wouldnt like it if anyone was to burn the biible

      August 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  2. and one last thing

    It happend almost a FRIGGIN 9 YEARS AGO GET OVER IT

    August 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  3. the end

    one of the signs off the end are people that give speechs so grand anyone will belive them, but not a drop of true faith enters there hearts.
    I'm seeing this right here right now. if a religion that is climbing so fast it will rival christianity soon why dont you read some real islam starting at giving me your address so i can give you a few books and if you have an xbox care to play a few games?

    August 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Enzo

    Speaking as a Catholic, this man is ignorant to a very high degree. If you were to learn about the Muslim Faith, they largely share the same belief as us Christians: a belief in one God, no matter what name we give him.

    Now for this man to just rise up and condemn a very beautiful and culturally diverse religion by claiming it as "the religion of the devil" is just wrong. How can he burn Islam's most sacred text and say, "...we’re saying stop, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law, stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims; they are welcome in our country." is even more confusing. If you condemn Islamic law, then you are not welcoming them into your country, which may I stress allows the practice of any religion, which this "preacher" is unaware of when he says that he says a right to burn the Quran because "we live in America".

    It is really terrible for this religion, which I do not wish to consider a branch of Christianity, to blame all immoral acts on Islam. Christianity doesn't have much of a clean history itself, so why must he burn Islam's most sacred text on the grounds of such useless and false evidence?

    August 5, 2010 at 8:10 am |
    • young muslim

      can you gimmi ur address you seem like one of the ppl who understand islam and christianity aren't so diffent and christianity and islam were generaly the same until some guy changed it a few times

      August 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  5. Parvez

    Soover k bache ko samjhao koi aur tu be website manager aise sab comments website pe mat dal chutiye (if it not stops the place of burning quran i will throw a bomb on that church i am coming austrailia next year for job and thats a promise)

    August 5, 2010 at 4:00 am |
    • TammyB

      If you throw a bomb on the church, then you will be just like that preacher, like you are his brother.

      August 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  6. Mr. Blackman

    If I had a Quran printing factory I would post up and sell them Qurans to burn; then donate all the money to The Nation of Islam. It's like those CD crushing events. I would actually appreciate it if I was the artist because you have to by the CD in order to crush it!

    August 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
    • huma

      your a shame to your faith and may god punish you inshallah. go to hell you disrespectfull tramp

      August 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  7. salty1234

    He has obviously never read the Quran. Islam is a peaceful relgion. I agree there are some radical muslims, but not are like that, just like in all other religions. Just by doing this he is creating problems for America...Even the peacefull muslims will get angry with this.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  8. laila

    comon guys those people are not christians nor muslims nor jews they are only satanists try to made some problematic ritual to gain some ugly powers lolzz. They are illuminatis.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  9. NA

    I am a Muslim and Islam is a religion of Peace. but unfortunately some people are giving a bad name to it, they are surely going to go to hell soon. And as far as this so-called event is concerned, ALLAH is there to protect The Quran. see for yourself on the Day of Judgement.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  10. ASIF ALI

    You are making a big advertising for Americans and other non muslims to read the Quran, and hundreds of thousands of them becoming Muslims. INSHA ALLAH

    August 4, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  11. yousuf

    this is a rubbish act and looking like that some of the most wildest and foolish people of the world get together to decide the world to burn in this belief war.actually they are the agents of 'DEVIL' and 'ZIONIST'. ISLAM is the religion of peace.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:38 am |
  12. Hatice Kursat

    Pastor, Terry Jones if you burn My Holy book Qu'ran I will burn Bible too.You are Anti-Christ and Demon. You will go to Hell. Satan is in your soul. I feel sorry for you Jesus will tell God (Allah) to never let you to Heaven. I hope you burn in Hell soon.
    I love Christian's but I could never love or respect some phony Pastor like you. You give bad name to Christianity.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  13. happy muslim

    this pastor clearly has never been to singapore...i would like to invite him over so he could see the many happy shiny muslims 🙂 and to all you islamaphobics...whatever! to all you peace-lovers, let's keep spreading happYness! 😀

    August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Andre'

    If we chose to, would black people be justified in burning the Bible for what white Christians did and continue to do to us? This guy is sooooooooooooo ignorant that he's a danger to himself. Murder has always been the response of white people in America to anything they don't understand or can't control. Even if they're not threatened by the unknown they will make it a threat by way of propaganda. This mentality is a large part of what's destroying this country. He's a self-righteous hypocrite.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
    • TammyB

      And putting anything down to "white people" or "black people" or Christian or Muslim, etc., is propagating hate just as well. If you cannot judge people individually, then you have a problem with hate just as well as this "pastor" that's burning Qurans. And you are part of the problem and not the solution.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  15. peace2all

    Can we officially say that this is a very, very bad idea by this preacher man... and fire him or something for stupidity...?


    August 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  16. thejamminjabber

    What more to say? The story speaks for itself. Religion makes people do crazy things.


    August 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  17. Sensible Joe

    "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen."

    "Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people too."

    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
    Poet, essayist, journalist and literary critic

    These words are engraved on the ground at the Opernplatz in Berlin, Germany, the site of the Nazis' massive inaugural book-burning in 1933.

    "Never forget." Heine's prescience can come true anywhere where people give way to their inner demons, ignore their better angels and reject their common humanity.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  18. dany

    burning the koran?great!! but don't forget to burn to bible too!any religion is bad news,stop this religious,superstituous
    nonsense once and for all an let the human race grow and evolve properly.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  19. Now

    My friends, there is a bigger agenda behind all this threats on humanity, which ever side of the coin u r on, there will always be forces at work to stir us up to keep us divided. Put ur trust in God and let no man shake us.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:39 am |
  20. Fakir

    i don't support burning of any Holy Book. It's just funny how people dont know or understand what happen yesterday so you cant possible comprehend the situations of the world today. All great nations through out the annals of history come to an end. Lets examine how this country was built. America enslaved and slaughter millions of Africans, gave the Indians blankets with Smallpox just wipe them out. Pushed the Mexicans south of the border and have the nerve to call them Illegal Aliens as if their from another planet. Have we forgotten how it was only 13 colonies and California,Arizona, Texas, and Nevada was originally Mexican territory. Have we forgotten we are the only nation that use weapons of mass destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed men women children and babies. I guess people should just Love thy Enemy" like the
    Bible says. Does America love it's enemies?

    August 3, 2010 at 1:03 am |
    • TammyB

      Yes, and let us examine all nations/countries....tribal wars still in Middle Eastern countries (between tribes...please, they are all the same people right?), African countries and Asian countries (North Korea, South Korea, Vietnamese, etc.), genocide, rapes, etc. Every country on this planet has been invaded. The Spaniards brought small pox also to the Indians of South America, and Indians of South America and Mexico slaughtered each other then as well. We are not intolerant, by the way, to immigrants from Mexico, so long as they come here legally or at least try to. We bought the land from Mexico, so we didn't just take it, but let's say we did, and for 100 years this has been our border. Mexico is not disputing this, they are just a corrupt government that continues to ignore their own people forcing them to have to look for better lives. Perhaps YOU should read WORLD history instead of spending so much time making America to blame for all the world ills. Humans are crappy by nature and the most we can hope for is to continue to educate and spread the hope that someday we will ALL be a little smarter and able to live together.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
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