September 9th, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Obama: Quran-burning plan is 'recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda'

A plan by the pastor of a small Florida church to burn Qurans on September 11, which has triggered worldwide controversy, is a "recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda," President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan" as a result of the proposal by the Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, Obama said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "This could increase the recruitment of individuals who'd be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities."

Jones has said he will proceed with the plan Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, despite increased pressure to abandon the proposal and warnings that going ahead could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide.

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Filed under: Christianity • Florida • Interfaith issues • Islam • Quran • United States

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  6. 1Mohawk

    The Constitution protects everyone's right to religious freedoms. It is ONLY the NATIVE PEOPLES (Aboriginal) of America who's Religion is excluded, from these protections. Islam, like all other organized religions, have chosen a blind eye to view the GENOCIDAL effect in our land and upon our people since their arrivals. I question the validity of the statement, Islam is about peaceful co-existence, when in fact, ANY Islamic country targets their Christians for persecution and death.

    allah, buddah, jehovah, etc., must be DEVASTATED, HEART-BROKEN, LONELY, AND FEELING USELESS, since those they've created have abandoned the lands they were created from and sought self-satisfaction throughout the world of man.

    Are ANY of you AWARE that NONE of your religions acknowledge the existence of the Native People?

    The Native Traditions we've lived by, since the BEGINING, provided us to help your peoples when they came here in spite of knowing you were worthless human beings shipped here from the dungeons and collected from the fields, look at history and tell me different, Religious zealots were included on the boats too, back in 1492. RIGHT?

    Any preacher, desires the feedback on issues they may comment on, as well as some who would create these discussions for this purpose, but none desire the TRUTH. GOD DID NOT SEND YOU, WHO DID???? ???

    Impeachment would be the correct position to take regarding obama since he took an OATH and SWORE to PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution, why would he circumvent anyone's RIGHT to FREEDOM of SPEECH. It makes it very confusing to both muslims and others. Will he send Drones over Gainsville like he did with the Mohawk Nation? Or did he call the mortgage lenders to CLOSE HIS CHURCH?

    A little history lesson is required for the president, America was supposedly founded on CHRISTIAN VALUES, the obvious result of freedom of RELIGIOUS WORSHIP was meant STRICTLY CHRISTIAN CONCEPTS, Baptists, Pentecostals, Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, Mormons, anything outside the Church of England. This part of the Constitution allowed the Early Settlers an escape from the Church of England and to follow their own interpretations of the Bible.

    The Supreme Court chose to FORCE a CHANGE in the CONstitution to include DEVIL worship, leaving the door of interpretation open to ANYTHING people choose to believe. ANY QUESTIONS ???? ???

    September 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  7. Reality

    With or without the Florida burning, I am combusting my copy of the koran but also adding the ot/torah, nt and book of mormon to the pyre. Everyone should do the same. We will call it the Day the Angelic Myths and Greatest of Con Jobs Died. Alleluia!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 at 12:15 am |
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    September 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  9. James M

    He's getting a lot of attention from local police and federal agents. He will -never- get off that list of "people who get special attention." And by that, I mean he will be forever forced to meticulously account for and report every penny that comes into his church. That's what happens to "pastors" who step outside the normal boundaries of what a (tax-exempt) church does.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  10. Reality

    BO, although a professed Christian, is not very religious. Had he had some balls, he would say the obvious:

    For new members only:

    Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

    And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fiction section of my reference library.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  11. Thozz

    Anyone who would join Al-Qeada does so to kill westerners, and would be inclined to do so anyway.
    They're just using this as an excuse to fill liberals with a false guilt because of the liberal "racist-phobia", and the looney "political correctness" fiasco that liberals live by.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • NL

      Would all of the hundreds who joined the Armed Forces just after 911 have chosen to do so even if we weren't attacked? Point is, burning these Qur'ans will be seen as an attack on all Muslims, and as unjust as 911 was to us, and because they don't have the kind of freedom we do to do such things with warning and in the public, the average person in Muslim countries will see this as being sanctioned by the government and our military. That can easily be used by recruiters to stir up outright hatred where none existed before. Isn't the only solution to the problem of terrorism gaining these people's respect so that we can live in peace with them, or is conservative America's only solution to be in a constant state of war?

      September 10, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  12. Sam Woods

    I have but one question? Why is it ok for the Muslims to burn the American Flag, but not ok for Americans to burn the Muslims Quran?

    September 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
    • Thozz

      Hell Sam, it's ok for Muslims to burn people according to liberals.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • SFrerichs

      It's acceptable to burn either. It's a person's right to burn something in honor, in condemnation, in effigy; all in the form of freedom of speech.

      The thing here, is that it's a bunch of morons causing trouble and only making the situation worse. There is no good reason to burn these Qurans other than to give a middle finger to Muslims and Arabs as a whole. It's ignorant, it's outdated, and it's only going to make our image worse in the eyes of the world as a bunch of book burning clods.

      Remember: You have the right to speak your peace. At the same time, you have to accept that your opinion and your actions can make you and others associated with you look pretty immature.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • SFrerichs

      Oh, and no. It's not more acceptable for Muslims or Arabs or anyone when THEY burn our flag or our Bibles to make a point. Either way, it's intolerance of religion and the freedoms given to us in this country. Why would we support that behavior, whether or not it's them or us?

      September 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • Luke

      I haven't seen any American Muslims in America burning flags. When you see Muslims burning American flags, it is occurring in other countries. Furthermore, it is ok for Americans to burn the American flag whether they be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, members of the local iron workers union, a teacher, a hedge fund manager or shoe shine boy. How is your comment in any way relevant or coherent?

      September 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • Kaper

      Sam, neither is ok... both disrespectful and antagonistic. We have the right to choose.... but we don't always choose what's right or helpful.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
    • nahndi

      but do you understand that its not most of muslims fault. so by you burning our quran its a sign of disrespect..
      its like saying that all priests or pastors are child molesters. is it true?? no! has it been done before by certain people yes but doesnt mean that there should be a bad name for all of them
      but if you do honestly believe that it was all muslims fault then you are an ignorant person, and that really sad.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      what a stupid question! An American Flag is comparable to a Saudi flag, not the Qur'an.

      September 10, 2010 at 12:26 am |
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