September 9th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

'Burn a Quran' pastor puts all at risk

Editor's note: Anthony Coley is the former communications director and chief spokesman for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. He works as a director at the Brunswick Group, a communications consulting firm.

Rarely do Democrats, Republicans, veterans, military generals and leaders of differing religions and denominations come together to condemn an act that has not even happened.

Yet there are those occasions when the security of our nation and safety of our troops demand it. This is one of those times.

On Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, says he will burn copies of Islam's most sacred and revered book, the Holy Quran. In Islam, the Quran is viewed as the eternal and literal word of God and any mishandling or mistreatment of it is considered extremely offensive.

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- cmccloy

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Florida • Islam • Quran • United States

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  1. Iqbal khan


    September 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  2. Ferdinand of Castille

    Arizee; Can a person be quoted 600 years after he lived??? The pastor will not burn Jesus's words but those of a fictitiois Muslim Jesus called Issa. PERIOD

    September 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  3. Watcher

    Let the books burn. Personally, I wouldn't do it. If there is a war over this, so be it. The sooner we get it over with, the better.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  4. ariezee

    isn't Jesus the most quoted person in the Qu'ran. So, the Jesus fanatic is actually burning some of his savior's words???

    September 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  5. to Anthony

    Whether you like it or not whether you know it or not, since the beginning Islam is at war with non-Muslims. It it not new. Only thing new is, after 9/11 few people are aware of the threat of Islam and protesting in their own manner. No body gives a damn when a Muslim behead a human being, but when a non-Muslim is burning the source of the violence the hell is broke.

    Learn true face of islam here

    September 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Ferdinand of Castille

    Drawing parallels between islam and Christianity is grossly wrong and is done either by hypocritical muslims and islamoignorant Christians. There is nothing like Christian radicals or American radicals. Those who use these concepts are trying to show that it is no only islam which is evil but also Christianity. This is tantamount to acknowleding their evilness. Just think of this; a small church in Florida threatens to burn the qoran and the US president condemns it. Despite the condemnation, the entire muslim world takes to the streets to burn the US flag and threatens the US with violence!! It seems that violence is a tool of first resort to this religion. People in the west needs to see this evil and contain it early. ISLAM IS EVIL AND THEIR QURAN SHOLD BE BURNT BY EVERYONE. IT IS A VERY DANGEROUS SOFTWARE ONCE PUT IN THE MIND OF A HUMAN BEING.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  7. Rick Bianco

    To all the people who think that burning the Quran is a bad thing. Have you forgotten all the times the Muslims have burned the American Flag ? Have you forgotten that on September 11 2001 Muslims all around the world Danced in the streets with joy over their brothers flying into the World Trade centers. Just as they did after the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beruit. Do you forget that they burned figurines of our Presidents in protest of Americans ? Do you forget that most Muslims HATE America and her people and all we stand for? And now you bleeding hearts say dont burn the Quran? I think we should burn every copy we can get our hands on and deport any muslim in this country that dosn't like it and shut down their Mosques. And don't build another one in NYC !

    September 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • bostonjim

      Nope, haven't forgotten. Seen all that. I may not like it, but at least they are actually directing their anger toward the right people. They are angry at America, and its leaders, so they display their anger. Some of it is wrong headed and ignorant, but at least they are clear on their target. Burning the Quran does not just show our anger with extremist terrorists- it essentially states that we are against all Muslims. This includes those Muslims who dies in the WTC on 9/11. This includes those Muslims around the world who speak out against extremists. This includes those around the world that are aiding us in our fight against terrorism. This includes those Muslims around the world who might otherwise be moved to support us, or to believe in the things we are meant to personify. We declare ourselves enemies of them all with actions such as these. We also declare ourselves too ignorant to actually understand the difference between those who attacked us and the other Muslims around the world. What makes me sad is that this may be the truth.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Rick Bianco...So what you are saying, is that we need to become more like the ones who burned the flag, danced in the streets, burned effigies of our presidents, etc.? No thanks. Then we would be just like those people, and I'd rather not be.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
    • loveabe black_stallion


      September 14, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  8. morton

    What some forget is that there was no burning of the Koran and yet 9/11 happened. This clearly demonstrates that it is not the burning of the Koran, it is not U.S. foreign policy ( be that what it may ), that incites violence in the Moslem heart. It is just religious indoctrination that Moslems have suffered over centuries that keeps them imprisoned in darkness. And they lash out at all who aren't Moslem using one pretext or the other – Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, all, none gets spared. Let's be shrewd and just stay mindful of this streak in the Moslem mind.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  9. Nonimus

    It's depressing to think that one ignorant fool in a small town in Florida can have this much impact.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
    • Reality

      Ditto for the ignorant Imam Rauf, a member of the Sufi sect of Islam. Said sect is despised by both Shiites and Sunnis.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  10. Billy Bob

    jus leave him alone , he has his rights to do so ... burn that $h1T ...

    September 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • TammyB

      Yep, let's just leave him alone...ignore him. No media, no blogging about it. Cool!

      September 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • USN Atheist

      Just because a person has a legal right to do something doesn't mean it is a good idea. Like building a mosque next to the WTC site -or- opening a K K K recruiting center next to a synagogue. People can make a statement of their own beliefs if they want but put some thought into the consequences and standby to accept those consequences. Hopefully it won't affect the innocent...not likely in this scenario though.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Reality

    For the eyes of new members:

    What drove the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  12. David Johnson

    Christopher Hitchens once said, "Religion poisons everything".

    This proves his point.

    The gods are a myth! You are fighting over something that doesn't exist.

    It was on the news a while ago, that hundreds of Muslims in Pakistan are in the streets protesting the book burning. They are totally pis sed!

    September 9, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • MediaVirus

      Religion may provide the poison, but the News Media provide the syringes to inject the poison into as many minds as possible.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  13. David Johnson

    This preacher has a church of 50 members. So we are making this big deal over the actions of 51 people.

    You can bet, if there is a burning on Saturday, the media will be showing it all weekend. Over and Over and Over.

    Fox News will find some way to spin it, so it is Obama's fault.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:17 am |
    • TammyB

      I agree. What would happen if NO media turned up to his little bonfire? The more credence the media gives to cretins like this pastor, the more they will do things like Quran burnings.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • USN Atheist

      Last night's train wreck will always make front page news this morning.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  14. David Johnson

    We don't have the right to stand up in a crowded theatre and shout, "FIRE!".

    Because of the media coverage, that is what this book burning amounts to .

    The idiot should be stopped.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:14 am |
    • MediaVirus

      No, the media should be stopped. If anyone knew the international ramifications of this event, it was the media...not some little uneducated backwoods preacher. Which is worse, an uneducated backwoods preacher and his 50 member church threatens to burn some Korans.....or a group of college educated journalists financed by the largest media corporations on the planet decide to hype the event knowing the international consequences of their hype?

      September 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
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