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September 7th, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Pastor weighing plans to burn Qurans amid U.S. warnings

The pastor of a Florida church planning to burn Qurans told CNN Tuesday while the congregation plans to go through with the action to protest the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States by al Qaeda, the church is "weighing" its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, who was interviewed on CNN's "American Morning, said the congregation is taking seriously the warning from the U.S. military that the act could cause problems for American troops.

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Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Muslim • Quran

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  1. alee

    if you burn holy quran on any day ......... we start burn holy bible the next day we start a day called BBD burn bible day ....
    lets see who would be cursed by god .......

    September 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  2. alee

    david ...... i swear jews are the danger and eveil .... and not islam you bilind people cannot see the reality ????how greedy you all are ..... do you thing you will get justice by hurting and killing others ..... if muslims does not have peace do will not have same

    September 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  3. REALIST..

    Religion is a JOKE people.. All believers are weak minded imbeciles. Tollerance is not the answer. When men kill each other because "my 2000 y/o BS story is better than yours" I have to say GOOD.. there are now less feeble minded idiots on the planet and more resouces for the rest of us. Religion has taken from all of us by hindering the potential our incredible species. Just imagine where we would be if It hadnt been for the dark ages and what we could have done with all we have squandered on LIES. I say burn all the Qurans and bibles and whats left use for toilet paper. Neither Jesus or Mohammad ever existed and you're all FOOLS. This Islamic center is an enormous waste of time and money and a bad idea as is any religious center. Roughly 3 billion people have died as a direct result of religious persecutions in the last 10,000 years.. mostly because they were uneducated and had no science.. Can we learn from the past just once?? You people today that keep this crap goin should be ashamed of yourself and it should be considered child abuse to pass these asinine beliefs onto your kids.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Carroll Naine

    Let me see now if I understand this mess in full context. One "Pastor" has created a storm of media attention by his willingness to publicly break at least one of the ten commandments, insult the sensitivities of millions of people, endanger the lives of civilians and our soldiers by burning the Koran.

    What makes this pastor' behavior, other then the scale of severity, different from Osama Bin Ladin or other self appointed religious leaders who seek to kill everyone in the name of God? People of this ilk do not have the right, religious or otherwise to such behavior. All the Osamas and Pastor Jones'es, you may be of different skin color and national origins but you are all the same in fact: zealots; extremists who threaten, undermine the welfare of humankind in the name of your respective religions and to enrich yourselves by doing so.

    It is time for the voices of reason to step in and sanction these people and those who support them. If the cloak of religion is removed from this discussion it becomes clear that their behavior/conduct is in fact CRIMINAL.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  5. Stephanie

    Anyone who is killed as a result of this action, THIS PASTOR WILL HAVE THEIR BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

    WWJD, man?

    September 8, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  6. World Peace.

    Muslims, Jews, and Christians have lived side by side in peace and harmony for centuries. This is what we should do and try to do. We should get rid of prejudice and misunderstandings and should not be involved in propaganda directed against each other.

    Maybe we all should read the Quaran and get our facts straight before shooting off at the mouth. Has this Pastore read the Quaran????
    Read more: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-

    September 8, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  7. Tom

    So he burns the Quran...burn a few(or a lot) of bibles if it makes you feel closer to god..you won't be pissing any real supernatural beings off no matter what... This is the same as burning a picture of somebody's kid in full view of them, and no one deserves respect for that...but it's his right...

    September 8, 2010 at 5:28 am |
  8. Adeze Bethea

    Kate you see what I mean? there you go off tangent and emotional when all we are all try ing to have is a perfectly civil discussion where each and every person air their views without being labelled this or that. Too bad!! I'll leave you guys to it. Done. Bye. Long live America and her freedoms!!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Kate

      @Adeze Bethea

      Just remember which one is the First freedom.

      Just sayin'

      September 8, 2010 at 2:08 am |
  9. FYI

    I agree with DavidJohnson, the Koran is dangerous.
    I also think this "pastor" is inciting trouble, and should not be so stupid as to carry this out. What gets me is that they do things over there,like burning our flag, and having mock hangings of our presidents and so on. I remember on 9-11, they were celebrating the deaths of our innocents here. They need to learn that thier actions are not appreciated as well. Stop acting uncivilized.
    That does not mean we have to stoop to thier level. There are other ways to put a message across.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  10. Adeze Bethea

    Charles Kamber thank you so much. I am sick and tired of being scared to cough just in case I offend muslims. Give me a break!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  11. Charles Kamber

    According to Islam, Jews and Christians are pigs and apes.

    Apostates should be killed.

    Are these indicators of people who want to get along with others? Hardly!.

    Charles Kamber

    September 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  12. Charles Kamber

    Over the past twenty or so years, I've heard about American flags, bibles and torahs being burned. None of these were cause of riots and killings as we have seen in recent years being done by Muslims the world over.

    Why is it whenever Islam is the butt of protest, they can't handle it? What does that say about these people?

    Do unto others as has been done unto you", I believe is the old saying.

    Charles Kamber

    September 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  13. Adeze Bethea

    christians should stop being lukewarm in the face of an ideology that is threatening to consume America. We dont want to wait till we become Europe for America to rise up and protect her heritage, her religion and her future. Muslims are not content with peaceful coexistent in america which you cannot get in their country, no. They want sahria law in America. They now think they can stay in their Sharia country and dictate to americans inside American what we can and cannot do. What a sad sad day!!! If you are not able to speak out for the right of christians, pls let Pastor Jones and his like speak their minds. No one should try to muzzle him please.

    September 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
    • Kate

      @Adeze Bethea

      "His like"? You mean Dove and the Westboro Baptist Church the Jones' admire and support so much that dishonors and desecrates the memories of our fallen heroes?

      Want to know where I think you can stick your request?

      Just sayin'

      September 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  14. Kernneth Chaitman

    Shame on you Anderson Cooper and CNN and all other media for allowing Terry Jones to spread his filth all over the globe.
    I believe you and all the networks did more damage then he did..What did you hope to gain?

    September 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  15. Trail Mix

    CNN is Biased in his issue all because ou want to continue getting Visas to Dubai and all Arab country we did not burn qurans last month how come soldiers were killed shame on CNN

    September 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Iqbal khan

    And deal with them nicely and logically in the best possible way, as they don't know and are ignorent.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8NtgtG5HFc&w=640&h=360]

    September 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Gary P.

    Please read the books by Oriana Fallaci, these will explain what's coming to America!

    September 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  18. Charlie

    General Patreus, you say that burning the Koran could endanger the troops? Hmmm. Well, I think it's your job to not let it. Go fight our freedom ahole, or get out of the way and let someone who will.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  19. Hot Patata

    Of course she's questioning his intelligence. She'd be insane not to. Personally, this guy wouldn't even have to open his brain-dead yap for me to do so. The moustache alone is a dead giveaway.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm |
    • Kate

      @Hot Patata

      I used to think Ron Jeremy's mustache was bad – but this guy's is a throwback to the age when pr0n movies thought they had plots.

      Just sayin'

      September 7, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
    • Smite_Me

      If you look at his nose, you can see that it looks like it has been broken. Well, maybe he fell off his bike or tripped over the dog, but from the personality traits that we see here, I'd suspect that he has always been a bully and a scrapper and has gotten popped in the snout a few times.

      September 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
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