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August 24th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event

An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of September 11, the church's pastor said on Tuesday.

The Dove World Outreach Center, in Gainesville, Florida, says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and to take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, the nondenominational church invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book.

Dove's Facebook page, set up for the September event, has nearly 6,000 fans. The initiative has also drawn critics.

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Filed under: Books • Christianity • Florida • Islam • Muslim • Quran • United States

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Negesti

    Hatred Never benefited any body. It is a shame that bishop or paster, a man who calls himself serving God to preach this nonsence. I am a christian women and I was never thought to hate or disrespect any religion. Any body who preaches this redicoulous act must be sick and belongs to an institution.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  2. Abullahi

    The evil deeds of those who intend burning the Holy Qur'an will be the last stroke that breaks the camels back!!! They are finally sealing the destruction of the nation whose war against the religion of Islam has been futile. When the wrath of God befalls your nation soonest, don't say i didnt warn you. May Allah multiply His worst furnishment in hell fire for the nation and the people who dishonour the Qur'an. Amen

    September 4, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  3. DesertsMyst

    Looks like these people studied with bin laden & associates

    September 4, 2010 at 5:31 am |
  4. irfan

    PLEASE RESPECT RELIGIONS... and Please do not spread extremism. Please no more fight between religions. If you have any objections go to the religious person learn from them and live peacefully and happily with others.

    do you good deeds for your future. for the day of the JUDGMENT.

    September 4, 2010 at 5:19 am |
  5. alee

    IF THEY STARTS BURNING HOLY QURAN ....... THE NEXT DAY WE START BURNING HOLY BIBLE ...... WE WILL ADVERTISE AND CELEBRATE BIBLE BURNING DAY ( B.B.D) LETS SEE WHO ARE CURSED BY GOD !

    LOOK AT THE JEALOUSY FROM JEWS TO MUSLIMS ..... THEY KNOW EVERYTHING AND NEVER BELIEVE ..... THEY THOUGHT OF LAST PROPHET COMES FROM THEM....

    ONEDAY EVERYTHING WILL BE CHANGE THE OPPOSITE OF NOW ..... THIS THING DEFENETELY WILL BE HAPPEN !!!!!

    September 3, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  6. alee

    IF JEWS THINK THEY ARE SUPERIOR THAN OTHERS OR MURDER DESTROY ETC FOR OTHERS SURELY THE WORLD WOULD NEVER BE SAFE OR PEACE ........ IF PALESTINIANS DOES NOT HAVE JUSTICE OR THEIR RIGHTS ...... SIMILARLY ISRAEL WILL NEVER HAVE SAME ...... THIS IS LOGIC THIS IS TRUTH ....... MOSSARD IS NO ONE TERRORIST GROUP AND ISRAEL IS THE TROUBLE OF THE WORLD IF ISRAEL IS WIPE OFF FROM THE WORLD MAP .... THAN THE WORLD WOULD BE PEACE AND SAFE

    September 3, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  7. Noble9

    Wow, a right-wing militia to protect a koran burning. That's not a recipe for disaster.

    August 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm |
  8. Nazis

    God Bless Nazis and Hitler May his soul be in rest and peace..

    August 26, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  9. Joseph Fassett

    Is this what we've come to? Did the terrorists really drive us to this level of stupidity and intolerance? Freedom of religion is at the core of American law, right alongside freedom of speech. Now, with that in mind, these people have EVERY "right" to burn Quaran (I apologize for any incorrect spelling) or any other text for that matter. Still this speaks volumes to the abyss to which the mind of the American Christian has been warped. Islam is a religion. A peaceful religion. And it practitioners warrant just as much respect as Christian, Jews, Buddhist, and any other religion. If we have really come to a point where we equate an entire faith with the atrocities committed by a few, then we have come to a sad place indeed! Furthermore, perhaps someone should remind the good, "Koran" burning Christians about a little thing called the Inquisition. Or the horrors of the Crusades. Or the Dark Ages. Or the Reformation. I'm so disappointed in America. We are better than this.

    August 26, 2010 at 3:00 am |
  10. brad

    Please moderate this, CNN.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
    • brad

      My previous posts must have irritated the moderator.

      August 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  11. brad

    Religiophobes love this kind of Koran burning stuff. Makes thinking unnecessary. All one has to do is sit back, lampoon and ridicule religious behaviour (not to be confused with actual religion), and enjoy cheap "victories" over the "ignorant" believers.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
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