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August 25th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Armed Christian militia pulls support for 'Burn a Quran' event

An armed Christian organization which had pledged to protect a Florida church as it holds "International Burn a Quran Day" withdrew its support from the event Wednesday, saying it "does not glorify God," according to a posting on its website.

Right Wing Extreme, which describes itself as a Christian conservative group, also said in the posting it is asking the Dove World Outreach Center, based in Gainesville, Florida, not to hold the event "for the reason that it may diminish the work of the Holy Spirit to witness to Muslims." The event is planned for the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

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

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  1. MILES

    Hatred, ignorance and fear are our worst enemies as human beings. If you look into the heart of a terrorist, you will find
    that it is governed by these poisons. The true message of all religions is peace. The extremist, however, driven by a feeling
    of inferiority, fear and mistrust, distorts and perverts the message of the religion they are pretending to practice and tramples on it's spirit, imposing their own misguided agenda. I have friends from all different races, religions and economic backgrounds.
    We all want a safer more peaceful and prosperous world. To think that all people will share our political and religious views is not very realistic, so we must learn to be tolerant. We must, however, courageously speak out against hatred, violence
    and terrorism. This must be done through dialogue and by using peaceful means – not be reacting with more hatred, fear and ignorance! Cause and Effect, people. Violence in the name of religion is truly pathetic – terrorism and extremism are a distortion of religion. Burning the Quran is just plain stupid. Using one's voice to speak out against terrorism and teaching others about the dangers of extremism (whether Islamic, Christian or any other) is the way of a person of Wisdom.
    Gandhi was a person of courage and wisdom – follow his example.
    This pastor in Florida is perverting the message of the religion he pretends to be practicing. He is uneducated and clearly does not understand the message.
    Respect yourself, respect others. Speak out strongly against injustice, but do not be ruled by fear and hate.

    PEACE

    September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  2. Burnbabyburn

    Since when is it a crime to strongly oppose a cause? Some people compare this church to the Terrorists of 911 that flew planes into the World Trade Center. This is nothing like that but some people put them into that same category. Why? These people are not killing non-believers and they are not promoting harm to any Muslims. They are protesting what they believe to be a false religion. It may not be politically correct to Muslims but so what. That doesn't make it wrong. They are delivering a powerful message that is receiving international attention. I am not going to sit in judgement of someone expressing their disgust towards a religion...Islam... that is passive towards the terrorist component of their religion. I hope people can reflect on things themselves and quit lisening to the media.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  3. A Hall Of Famer's Severed Head

    No one is going to Hell.

    Burn a Q'uran, burn a Bible, whatever. Dance in the light of the fire. This is how extremists get attention.

    Did you know it's illegal to do any outdoor burning in the City of Gainesville? I'm sure the pastor and his minions will be happy to be arrested, taken downtown, and – who knows! – maybe even put in a jail cell. With a large, angry Muslim. Or maybe their little weenie roast will get out of control, and flaming debris will set their "church" on fire. Wouldn't that be ironic?

    September 8, 2010 at 12:01 am |
  4. D.S.

    The prophet Mohammed founded Islam based on violence. Either convert to Islam or die by the sword. If you are not Muslim living in a majority Islamic country today, you will be severely persecuted. The U.S. is less than 1 percent Muslim in population. As soon as the Muslim population in any country exceeds 10 percent, you start seeing uprisings, protests and violence like in Europe. When a country becomes majority Islamic, the non-Muslim has no voice in government. Can any Muslim on this site answer to me why this is so?

    September 7, 2010 at 6:00 am |
  5. D.S.

    Name me one majority Muslim country in the world that is tolerant to others. And they say Islam is a religion of peace. What a joke.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:48 am |
  6. Othi

    I feel so sad for this guy, he have no idea what he is doing & I also Have two words for him , Gaines-ville, Florida welcome to Islam...!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:35 am |
  7. MUHA MUHA

    YOU AMERICAN;S AND YOUR GOVERNMENT HAVE BETTER ADDRESS THIS ISSUE OR ELSE YOU ARE GOING TO RAGE A WORLD WAR AGAINST YOUR COUNTRY... YOU BETTER WATCH OUT BECAUSE SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO BE-FALL YOUR COUNTRY SHOULD YOU BURN OUR HOLU QU'RAN ... ALLAH HELP US ALL

    September 7, 2010 at 3:38 am |
  8. AGA

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83bFU3sNq0g&w=640&h=360]

    September 7, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  9. SUMAIYA FATHIMA.

    just read the quran before doing anything with it.the same has even mentioned in your bible.

    MAY ALLAH GUIDE YOU IN THE RIGHT WAY. INSHA ALLAH.

    September 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  10. umar

    !!ALL PEOPLE!!
    If you all read the QURAN you will find that we all have to accept the messenger of you (Christians) AND Ours (Muslims) The papers you can burn but how you will remove it from NASA Organization where Quraan is a reference Book. How WOULD you Remove it from every truth people's Heart. "OH PEOPLE IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT IS ISLAM, DONT SEE MUSLIMS BUT READ CAREFULLY QURAAN & BIBLE". Where it tells about peace. I CHALLENGE ALL WORLD THAT QURAAN HAS THE EVERY SOLUTION OF EVERY THING SPECIALLY EVILS (jews) AND ABOUT EVERY ONE'S LIFE. I am sad to see the Americans Christians who are under Jews law not JEZIS (PBUH)'s real LAW. I love him and we must speak 5 times in our pray to ALLAH about JEZIZ. WE MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS ARE THE REAL MUSLIMS OF ALLAH BUT UNFORTUNATELY JEWS MADE CHRISTIANS ON THEIR RULES.....ALLAH may GIVEs CHRISTIANS THE REALITY OF THEIR LIVES.–AMEEN– OTHERWISE AFTER DEATH I'LL STAND IN FRONT OF YOU ALL AND WOULD CRY TO ALLAH TO GIVE YOU THE HARDER PUNISHMENT (INSHALLAH). I PROMISE YOU ALL........ KEEP REMEMBER IT OKAY

    September 6, 2010 at 2:40 am |
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