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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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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Florida • Islam • Quran • United States

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  1. Ruth LeGrow

    What would happen if someone had a book burning and no one showed up? Imagine if there were no reporters, no cameras, no videos, no gawkers – no media event. How do you think this circus has become what it is? I'll bet the news cameras have been jockeying for position on that lonely FL highway for weeks. The media is giving this ol' country preacher just what he wants, publicity, and boy have you done your job, no matter the consequence.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  2. Marcia Paul

    To the "enclave of stupidity church" in Florida who wants to burn copies of the Koran. I've read King James, NIV bibles. Couldn't find where we should hate our brothers/sisters. So, please, put the lighters down. With freedom comes responsibility. Your stupidity is putting others at risk. Which, by the way, is a sin on your part....it's called being selfish. Please re-read the bible. Your actions are uncalled for. So is your stupidity. 

    September 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Tim

    If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to see it fall- does it matter? The media should pack up their cameras and drive off in their satelite trucks and ignor these ignorant fools. Don't keep giving them a platform to pollute the world with this b.s. They may have the right to burn their Qurans, but lets not give it any significance.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  4. Rehan

    Those who are incapable of bringing arguments and challenging the principles of the Holy Quran resort to burning this religious book. Such opinions and actions can only be explained within the framework of radicalism which seeks political motives for ensuring illegitimate interests.
    I advise all of you to study Quran (not as a religious book) then you will get to know whats the preaching it has for all human beings. There are a lot of examples of peoples belong to different religions, who don't act as their religion says. We cant conclude a religion by observing some ignorants belong to that religion. It is indeed not a mature move to say about Islam and Quran without studying them.

    September 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  5. george alfred ordonez

    yeah burn the holy kuran!!!! they burn our American Flag in other countries.

    September 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  6. gene

    Why burn it? Just put the Koran in a microwave.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  7. AGA

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83bFU3sNq0g&rel=0&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

    September 7, 2010 at 12:02 am |
  8. David Johnson

    I think if this idiot didn't get media attention, the book burning would not take place.

    The Westboro Baptist People send out faxes, telling the media where they will protest. If they didn't get the media attention, I bet the protests would stop.

    September 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  9. steve jaubert

    Ever notice how muslims get really riled up when their so called rights as americans are 'violated' and then turn around and expect to tread on others rights like those who consider ground zero sacred and violated by the tasteless action of islamists and their fringe connection who want to stick iit in the face of other americans by building their 'peace victory' mosque for all the world to see how loving is their wonderful god who cannot even tolerate a cartoon. Makes me wonder how hollywood will carry on in the future america with all those tongue in cheek movies referencing religion in the past having to now be censored to appease the special. steve jaubert

    September 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  10. steve jaubert

    Hello.

    September 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  11. steve jaubert

    Hey, its out of taste to burn kurans but I'm told so is flag burning, building mosques at ground zero,.and drawing cartoons about religious figures. Freedom of speech, eh CNN. I guess it depends on who's politically correct today, right CNN? muslim 'americans'? fringe supporters? 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz' word crew? steve jaubert

    September 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  12. TheVeteran

    This is just a publicity stunt. How can you reach anyone by offending them? You can't.

    You reach them with truth. Like...One man, No witnesses. Islam is based on the testimony of one man, and not a single witness to his revelation. Nobody witnessed it at all. There is plenty of reason to doubt Islam on that alone.

    September 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  13. AK Deiraniya

    Islam has survived the onslaught of combined force of Europe for a century or more well before the USA was even heard off. I am sure it will survive the actions of this rather odd, and deranged cleric. Those who cherrypick bits of the Koran to nsatisfy their prejuidices ought to look carefully at the old Testament.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  14. Uzaiba

    wat do they think of themselves i mean jesus was also a prophet sent to spread islam!! they changed it themselves wat idiots shame on them

    August 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  15. Ali13

    We as Muslims respect all religions and all who believe in God (Allah), PLEASE return the respect and don't feed into comments or actions that will only divide us more, therefore actually doing the devils' work.

    August 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  16. hussain

    You People are out of your mind..
    Difficult to understand the relation between innocent people dying and burning Quran.
    Just think about it

    August 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  17. Hassan Yaghi

    Open letter to: Terry Jones of Dove Outreach Ministries

    “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 ….

    Go ahead
    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

    Peace….Peace….Peace….

    Hassan Yaghi, Seattle, Wa
    Aug 26, 2010
    hassan.yaghi@gmail.com

    August 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  18. Rob

    Wow, is this a joke? Seriously deplorable behavior – just because one has the legal right to do something, doesn't mean they should. This is the problem with freedom of speech,; just because somebody has the RIGHT to say or do something, doesn't mean they should.

    I hope lightening strikes this moron of a priest and his congregation. Absolutely disgusting.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  19. Cynthia

    Ever notice how people who are born in different areas of the world have different customs, culture, language, etc? Ever notice how many variations there are in people's interpretations of real live actual events (for example, getting identical eyewitness accounts of an accident scene)? It's the same thing with religion. The world and our little lives within it arose however they arose. Despite our interpretation of things, "it is what it is". Either there are a whole bunch of religious deities out there, all warring for supremacy, as fundamentalists would prefer us to believe, or as is more likely, there's one real story about how things came to be the way they are. The multiple interpretations of religion across the globe are equally valid, as they are solely OPINIONS. Nothing can truly be validated at the source, and since noone is around now who was present while our planet/lives were coming into existence, there IS NO VALID SOURCE for this information. But that's okay. Religion deals in faith, not in facts. Take what you will on faith. But base your actions in facts. Humans are fallible. Even if all the historical prophets were really visited by representatives of their makers, who's to say they got it right? You wanna show me a stone tablet with commandments on it? Got a picture of a fiery shrub? I'd love to see it. Otherwise, all these religious texts are just good reading. Parables on moral living, even. People who forget that are just taking themselves far too seriously. But don't take my word for it. Open your eyes. In the meantime, I suppose we should just be happy that this idiot of a pastor isn't beheading people, or poisoning local female kids to prove his point.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  20. shabbir

    Its very clear and authentic that ISLAM is the only true religion.
    but i am sure QURAN will be safe as it is form last 1500 years INSHALLAH
    We believe that Islam is religion of peace and beneficial for all humankind. It will grant people heaven if they follow it. its only described as violent, because non-muslims are gone blind, they can't see the truth because God has made them blind. no human being can face the power of Allah, and if any one dares they will face and feel the worse of Allah. Save yourself from the anger of Allah. its my advice before you all regret it. God had made the universe and is the most powerful. do not forget you life and destiny relies in his hands. its always circle of life, what comes around, goes around. you will all get burned in hell's fire for your deeds today.

    August 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • verify

      Proof please.

      And please do not use a book of hallucinations and conjured dreams as your source.

      August 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
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