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September 10th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Would a Muslim burn the Bible?

If you’re trying to understand what burning a Quran would look like to a Muslim, consider this:

“For Christians, Jesus is the word of God. For Muslims, the Quran is the word of God. Imagine someone burning Jesus,” says Emad El-Din Shahin, a religion professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Talk about the Quran has dominated the news ever since a Florida pastor announced that he would burn copies of Islam’s holiest book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The pastor has since announced that he has called off the event, then later said it is still being contemplated. But his plan has already evoked some of the vilest acts of religious persecution in Western history, religious scholars say.

To burn a Quran is not just offensive; it is the equivalent of “destroying a people’s soul,” one Muslim scholar says.

The Quran is so sacred that many Muslims will not touch it without washing their hands, face and feet, says Caner Dagli, a religious professor at the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

“Muslims always keep the Quran
in a high place. No book is ever placed on top of it. It is never placed on the ground,” Dagli says. “When a Muslim picks up the Quran, he or she
typically kiss it and then touch it to their forehead, and do the same
when they are about to put it down.”

The Quran teaches Muslims to respect the sacred books of Christians and Jews as well, says Chris van Gorder, a religion professor at Baylor University in Texas.

“To burn a holy Quran for a Muslim is to throw down a gauntlet,” he says. “Those who deface any holy book, including the Bible, in many Muslim countries today, will be executed.

“How many Bibles have been burned in the Muslim world in the last nine years? None.”

Muslims, along with Jews and Christians are known by some as “people of the book.” Each religion descends from the same branch. The prophet Abraham is their patriarch.

The Quran considers both Jesus and Moses great prophets. It also praises Mary, the mother of Jesus, says Shahin, the Notre Dame professor.

“Moses and Jesus are mentioned more than the Prophet Muhammad in the Quran,” Shahin says.
The Quran doesn’t just preach religious tolerance; the Prophet Muhammad demonstrated it in his life, Shahin says.

The prophet would meet Christian delegations in his mosque.

“He would allow them to perform Christian prayers in the mosque,” Shahin says.

Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in a series of revelations by the archangel Gabriel. They say the prophet journeyed to a mountain cave where, after falling into a trance, the angel came to him and ordered him to “Proclaim!”

The Florida pastor, however, says he is compelled by his own faith to something else –burn.
To do so, though, would replay some of the most wretched moments in religious history, says Ivan Strenski, a religious studies professor at the University of California, Riverside.

The Florida pastor who has threatened to burn the Quran has unwittingly evoked some of the worst moments in Western history, Strenski says.

When a group of people conquered another, they often sought to destroy their victims’ sacred books. The Spanish conquistadors and Christian missionaries, for example, destroyed the sacred books of the Mayans; American slaveholders tried to destroy the African religion of slaves.

Desecrating a people’s sacred book is like “destroying their soul; you destroy their sense of who they are,” Strenski says.

“It’s about controlling memory,” Strenski says. “You can oppress people. You can beat them down, but if they can retain some kind of memory of who they were before you beat them down, they can pass that on and when the time is right rise up again.

The notion of burning a Quran was so offensive to one religious scholar that he drew on his own personal history.

Van Gorder, the religion professor at Baylor University, says that Nazis not only murdered millions of Jews. They also burned Torahs.

“As a German-American,” he says, “I rue that the day of burning books has come to my own ‘civilization.’ "

- CNN Writer

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • 9/11 • Bible • Books • Interfaith issues • Islam • Persecution • Quran

soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Ed

    Did somebody say burned Bibles?

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html?cat=9

    September 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Lester

      I looked up the link and wow. I knew I remembered seeing this somewhere. Islam at its core only demands respect for itself and not other religions. There's no "treat others like you would want to be treated" (to paraphrase) from the bible theology. However, the media quickly jumps to the defense of this vile book masquerading as a godly religion. Christians have been beheaded along with Jews by Islamists. Churches have been bombed and presecution is a constant in the lives of our believers the world over and now we are suppose to have sympathy for these people because this book may be burned. I think radical Islam is much more prevelant than the media wants to admit. How else could these religious nut jobs continually be put into office even when voting is allowed. Its because the adoring public puts them in and agree with the positions. Islam breeds ignorance and hate and though not all muslims are of the hate variety...an honest interpretor of what that book teaches will not try and sugarcoat its doctrines for western eyes and stomachs.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  2. ohyeah

    No Muslim will ever burn a bible. It is a child act. They did it long time ago and now they moved on. They can do be-headings, stoning to death, floggings, amputations for petty robberies, Female Genital Mutilation,Suicide Bombings, Rocket Attacks.... and so many things and no time for burning Bible.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • drdawnlancaster

      Perhaps you have been living under a rock. The U.S. gov't ordered the burning of Bibles written in the two most common Afghan languages last year. Fortunately, the TRUE Word of God cannot be destroyed by burning. The Bible reveals scientific info not yet known by man at the time of writing. The Koran states only that which was believed (and later found untrue) at the time of writing, and is, therefore, not divinely inspired.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:57 am |
    • Kate

      @drdawnlancaster

      The Military burned them because they'd been sent over there to one of the soldiers who couldn't distribute them (proselytizing would be one of those things AQ/Taliban says the US is doing and so is absolutely a no-no), they couldn't be returned to sender, so they were disposed of in the easiest manner.

      There's a difference between burning bibles in that context and burning them to make a statement – the same way retired US flags are burned compared to as a protest.

      Just sayin'

      September 11, 2010 at 4:34 am |
    • freewoman

      of course the bible has great scientific knowledge
      1. the earth is flat
      2. To increase the length of a day you stop the sun
      3. the entire earth was covered with water after a 40 days of rain.
      4. Food can fall from the sky called manna
      5. A star will hang over a specific place on earth
      6. a god can be asked and will assist to kill ones enemies.
      7. it is possible for a person to die and return to life after 3 days.
      8. demons cause disease and can the diseases can be cured by simply casting out the demons by saying magical words.
      9. burning bushes talk
      10. babies can be born from virgins 2,000 + yrs ago.
      11. there are ghosts
      12 there are witches.
      13 there ARE other gods
      14. Women are less then men
      15 The son of the Christian invisible superhuman being is a Jew
      16 humans should not eat seafood with do not have scales.
      17. a person can ride 2 donkeys at one time
      18 snakes talk even though they do not have the ability to make sounds other than hisses. they do not have voice boxes, or lips and a tongue that would allow the formation of words .
      19. only 144k people are allowed in heaven, yet all Christians are guaranteed to go there after death if they believe in the super-being.

      These are all scientific proof that the bible is infallible and indeed true.

      It would have to take blind faith belief to believe this.. no rational mind would believe it.

      September 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @freewoman

      Fundies have no gag reflex. They can swallow anything.

      Fundies, AKA non-thinking sheep, have faith. You obviously lack faith. As I was told, "The devils gonna take you!" LOL

      September 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @drdawnlancaster

      You said, "The Bible reveals scientific info not yet known by man at the time of writing."

      Like what? You mean like these?

      Insects with four feet?
      "Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you."
      Leviticus 11:21-23
      Just for the record, insects have six feet and arachnids have eight. You'd think the ancient Israelites might have picked up on this little detail, what with eating locusts and beetles and all.

      Bats identified as "birds"?
      "And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, and the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat."
      Leviticus 11:13-19
      An almost identical passage occurs in Deuteronomy 14:11-18. The bat is of course a flying mammal, not a bird.

      Rabbits claimed to chew their cud?

      "And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you."
      Leviticus 11:6
      To chew the cud means to eat grasses, swallow, then regurgitate later for further chewing. Rabbits simply do not do this.

      Also: The people of biblical times believed the earth was flat. And Jesus predicted he would return in the 1st century. He is late. Maybe his alarm didn't go off. Maybe he overdied. LOL

      You said, "The Koran states only that which was believed (and later found untrue) at the time of writing, and is, therefore, not divinely inspired"

      The Christian bible and the Koran are equally worthless.

      You said, "Fortunately, the TRUE Word of God cannot be destroyed by burning."

      How do you know your brand of religion is the True Faith and that you worship the True God?
      An unexamined faith is a worthless faith. Let's take a look at yours.

      September 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • Keith

      David Johnson, The thing you keep mistaking as a 1st century return of Jesus is referring to the Transfiguration (which did happen). So would you drop it from your cut and paste responses-you really look silly by continuing to use it. Perhaps you could turn in that iron chariot of yours before Jesus crushes it. I see scrap steel is back up to $200 a ton.

      September 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • David Johnson

      For a moment there, I thought I heard a wee small voice from the past...

      Only fundie fuzzy math says the Jesus was talking about his transfiguration. Which never happened either.

      The Jesus predicted his return before the end of the 1st century. The entire Christian Religion is based on an error.

      And Dave thumps Jesus on the ear!

      September 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Philip

    I just posted a comment with a link to a video of Muslims burning the Bible and it was removed. Way to keep it real CNN.Go to the video site we all use and type in muslims burning bible. It's the sixth video down.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • Kate

      @Phillip

      It's back to the comments system being primitive again, it's an auto shunt to moderation status after posting if enough people hit report.

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
    • Lester

      Of course, they are normally fair but its in the media's agenda to play down radical islam and make it seem as though its not more mainstream in countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even Turkey. Christians should be fearful of the further spread of this intolerant religion. Look at the societies as a whole for they are a reflection of the major religions practiced within their borders. America sadly has lost her way and the Christian culture of inclusion has gone to the extreme. Whereas racism is a vile evil practiced by the ignorant among us...now a politically correct society has decided to be tolerant of the intolerant in an attempt to paint all religions as being virtually the same. Some are just evil and should not be practiced because they breed ignorance, hate and Jihad in the name of diety. The "left" is quick to point out the occassional fringe element associated with Christianity and since the majority are familiar with the Bible in the U.S. at least to some degree...we dismiss those fringe groups as clearly off the mark. However, radicalism and Islam go hand in hand. It is true that Islam has its moderates but the American muslim is not the Iraqi muslim. The American muslim is not the Saudi Arabian muslim and so on. Whose to say though that once their numbers get great enough in our countries they will not attempt to create a little iraq or pakistan here in the states. Many care nothing about assimilation into our culture and see it as being completely evil.

      September 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  4. wyson.

    is it at all possible that some muslims would burn the bible and some wouldnt? and that some christians would burn qurans and others wouldnt?

    September 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • TammyB

      That is exactly what it is. Some extremist radicals in ALL religions do whacko things. I refuse to be Islamaphobic or Christianaphobic, or any kind of religiousphobic just because there are a few whackadoos out there.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • wyson.

      i agree. every group of people got their nutjobs. religion, politics, sports fans, american idol fans, those guys that dress like elvis in vegas. balance.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
    • Kate

      @TammyB

      You know you're far too intelligent and rational to be allowed to live when the revolution comes, don't you? 🙂

      Just admirin'

      September 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Kate...Awed by your kind words...thanks!

      September 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
    • Lester

      Yes you are absolutely right. But is it also possible that some religions have more "radicals" in it than others and thus should be more strictly monitored and restricted for the overall good of the public trust. I'm a Christian and though you do have fringe elements (which the media quickly points out...because its not the norm) you do not have no where near the level of radicals constantly being bred based on the core teachings of the Quran. Its hard for me to have sympathy for muslims struggling to get a building permit for a mosque in lower Manhattan (where many other mosques and prayer centers already exist) when as a Christian I know that Church bombings, bible burnings, beheadings, and the like are the norm for Christians struggling to practice their faith abroad. I'm sure moderate muslims exist but I'm not so sure that radical Islam is as small an element as some would have you believe. The society overall is a direct reflection of the religion practiced within its borders. Christian Virtues led to the formation of our nation and the protection of the rights many take for granted. What if that Christianity was radical by and large and ignored the freedom of conscience and we forced people to close down all strip malls, porn shops, alcohol stores and the like. You see....we may not agree with all those things but the inherent freedom to have these freedoms are built into scripture. God does not force our worship and neither should we force those around us. Islam does not have these safeguards. God in the Bible gives us the ability to choose. Females in the Arab world are subjected to mutilations. Christians are not allowed to carry bibles into Saudi Arabia as they are confiscated at the airports and yet we are to sit quietly and not speak out against this. The media does not defend mainstream Christianity and so why should I defend intolerant islam. I've read portions of that book and know what evils it can lead too. Its breeds Jihadists. Moderates will say that these verses have been misinterpreted but how else can one take statements like "kill the infidels" in comparison with the bible "Thou shalt not kill" or "do not take Christians or Jews to be your friends" in comparison with "love your neighbor as yourself" or what about the teaching in the Quran that its okay to "lie" if the ends justify the means in comparison with "thou shalt not bear false witness". There are major differences between Islam at its core and Christianity and even Judism. We must be honest in our dialogue if we want to discuss these issues. The top thinkers in Islam at the Universities may interpret scriptures one way but they are not in power and the regular folk, mullahs, and clerics may interpret the teachings totally differently. I wish moderate Islam was more prevelant in its not. It only speaks up when Christians decide to mount some sort of response to all the hate. Where are the moderates during the beheadings, Christian Church bombings, Bible burnings and the like. They are "moderately silent".

      September 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  5. josephine

    how do we define common sense? majority? or what you believe?

    September 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Is it really true that no bibles have been burned by Muslims? I find that hard to believe, but I cannot remember ever seeing any video or photos of Muslims burning bibles.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
    • Bill T

      Oh no, they have been at for quite awhile. Just more poor reporting by the liberal press.
      Just try taking a Bible to Saudi Arabia and see what happens.

      http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

      September 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  7. boocat

    These are all just symbols of superstitious nonsense.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Bill

    Where would a muslim find a Bible to burn? In many muslim majority countries the Bible is effectively banned from the marketplace of ideas. You can't burn something that isn't there.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
    • Lester

      So true Bill, its confiscated for instance on the spot at airports in Saudi Arabia. Christian Churches are constantly bombed in the Middle East and beheadings are all to common. Its hard for me to sympathize with their hurt feelings about any regards to a book that can breed such ignorance.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • mhmmm

      And you have to ask yourself why is it that the Bible is allowed to be banned from muslim countries, but if it were ever on the opposite foot there would be world war three? We are accused of being intolerant of their culture when they are openly hating ours and show that by killing innocent people, but we just let them into our country keep our lips sipped because we have to be open to diversity! It works both ways!

      September 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
    • Kate

      @mhmmm

      It's called the Const|tution. We have one that guarantees religious freedom, they don't. It working both ways requires either they develop it, or we abandon it – which would you prefer?

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  9. Mikel

    Islam is an evil religion. This is quoted from Aljazeera: "I hear that 'Death to America' was chanted, an effigy of Barack Obama [the US president] was burned, and that people there were chanting 'long-live the Taliban, long live Osama bin Laden'." Now if you call it a peaceful religion, you need to read a little further.

    September 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • TammyB

      The Taliban is a faction, and does not represent all Islam. Some priests are pedophiles, but they don't represent all Catholics.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • Lester

      Please TammyB. the Taliban was a faction allowed to be in power by a majority that bought into their teachings. The populace shares some responsibiltiy for the state of affairs allowed to exist just like we do over here. The truth be told is that if we forcibly removed them from power...just like in Iraq and give them the right to vote...that they will consistently vote these nutjobs with such views back into power because the Quran is a breeding ground for ignorance and failed ideas.

      September 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  10. morton

    The answer to the question, 'Will Bin Laden burn the Bible?" – is a resounding yes – only he didn't, because burning the bible would not have caused any carnage. So he chose to ram aeroplanes into buildings instead. He lusted for a grander spectacle, whereas Pastor Jones is merely burning the Koran in his backyard, as a way of protest that is legally sanctioned under the First Amendment, in perfect keeping with the constitution of the United States, without taking a single human life.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Miya MIya

    all Muslims are not evil or terrorists. The media makes us think that. So if a few Muslims flew the plane into the towers that does not mean that it was every Muslims. None of this would have happened if the U.S hadn't went to the Middle east in the first place trying to take over. They make it seem that they are going over there to fight terrorist but they are over there for a whole other thing.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
    • dutchblitz1

      If all this happened because of us being in the Middle East? Is that why Black September killed those Israeli athletes in 1972? And all those airplane hijackings in the 1970s and 80s? The Muslim Brotherhood- who Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas trace their roots to- was founded 20 years before modern Israel was even established. Couldn't all be due to our presence in the Middle East.

      September 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
    • tab

      I agree, 90% of Muslims give the rest a bad name

      September 11, 2010 at 1:36 am |
    • freewoman

      As long as they believe in the Koran that tells them to kill infidels they are no my friends. they are killers waiting for an opportunity.
      Re-write the Koran and take out the intolerance .. then we can discuss their seriousness on being humans.

      Humans do not believe in killing other humans if they do not believe in their supernatural myths.
      Take out the demands for killing first...
      Then we can talk about peace.

      September 11, 2010 at 9:00 am |
    • KHS

      @ Miya Miya.. If there are so few Muslim extremists why are we hearing about Muslim terrorist cells all over the world? Cells iimply groups of people. Why do we also hear about "traning camps"? in Pakistan? Training camps exisit to train large groups of people. This is more serious than three guys at a kitchen table plotting to blow up a plane.

      I am a Christian and proud of it. I'm sad that a SMALL percentage of my fellow Christians are not acting Biblical towards Muslims and their faith. Having said that, I also feel it's vastly unfair that the very tolerance for Muslims that is demanded from non Muslims by the media, especially the news agency running this website, is NOT encouraged toward me for MY beliefs. Christians today are not blowing up planes, setting off bombs in crowded public areas, stoning women, chopping off children's hands, yet we are called racist and haters while the media ignores the acts that occur regularly in the Muslim world and screams TOLERLANCE. Jesus loved everyone, which is what we are supposed to do. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek in a manner of speaking .. and forgive 70 times... as much as it takes. That's why the majority of Christians SHOULD condemn a Koran burning, NO MATTER HOW MANY BIBLES ARE BURNED. We should not condemn anyone who isn't Christian. Our duty is to pray for them to experience the love Jesus has for them and come to know Him. Unfortunately there are far too many people who listen to what is told to them (both Christians and non-Christians) rather than read Jesus' words themselves.

      September 11, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  12. Caty

    Jesus isn't only the "word of God." He is the Savior and Messiah of mankind. So "burning Jesus" would be infinitely worse than burning any book of scripture. That was a weird and slightly ignorant comment to make in this article.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
    • freewoman

      jesus never existed.. it is a character created by the Roman's to convince the Jews to worship Titus Caesar as a god.. thats why the origins of the Christian myth are in Rome.

      Jews were not allowed to live in many places in Europe. they had to leave England or convert. Many faked conversion to stay. those found out were killed.

      The Single Strand

      September 11, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  13. Jennifer

    Would Muslims burn a Bible? They would and they did. Where was the outrage then? http://www.onenewsnow.com/Security/Default.aspx?id=516980

    September 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • JayDee

      According to your link, it wasn't the Moslem that burned the Bible, it was the US Army that did it. "The U.S. military is confirming that it has destroyed some Bibles belonging to an American soldier serving in Afghanistan."

      Maj. Jennifer Willis at the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, who said "I can now confirm that the Bibles ... were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed."

      September 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • dutchblitz1

      You aren't even allowed to bring crosses, Bibles or a Star of David into Saudi Arabia. They don't allow any churches or synagogues. No non-Muslims are allowed into Mecca. And we are the ones who get accused of being intolerant?

      September 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
    • freewoman

      Tolerance is a one way street in Islam land.
      We must accept them but they can kill us.

      They stone women.. because they are stone age people. with a stone age myth.

      September 11, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  14. sita

    At the Heart of Islam, lies pure EVIL

    http://www.TheReligionOfPeace.com

    September 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
    • TammyB

      At the heart of most humans, lies pure evil. When the ignitor is ANY religion (Christianity, Islam, whatever), evil rears it's ugly head.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
    • Jibril

      If all religion is bad, why are we seeing Islamic terrorists in the news almost everyday ? Where are the Shinto terrorists ? Jewish terrorists ? Buddhist terrorists ? Can go on and on ........

      September 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  15. Adam

    Burn the Koran, burn the Bible, burn the US flag. Who cares? People are stupid.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
    • donavon

      everyone's stupid except you adam

      September 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  16. muhammad riza falefi

    all events in this world is written in the Quran ... how the process of creation of the universe is also written in the Quran .. learn.
    Simak
    Baca secara fonetik

    September 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
    • aa

      so if they are written, then why fight against it, let gods will be done.

      the koran is just a rehash of the torah, bible and other religeous texts. e.g. don't eat pork – the jews came up with that, die fighting and got to heaven – the vikings came up with that, suicide missions – the japanese had this attitude for eons, halal meat – this came from jewish kosher.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • Bill T

      Learn to treat others and their beliefs with respect and you might see some of the same.
      Please explain about the good Muslims that dothese kinds of things...
      http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

      September 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Bill T....Yes, but the Muslims that are burning Bibles aren't the good Muslims.

      September 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • Lester

      Sounds like TammyB only knows the "moderate muslims" and is unwilling to recognize that to obey the core tenets of that faith means inbracing a radical view. I'm first to admit that moderates exist but I think radicals are more prevelant then they care to admit. Where was all the outrage when bibles are burned? Soldiers have died for our freedom and greatly respect the flag and so wheres the outrage when flag desecration takes place? Wheres the outrage from moderates when Christian churches are bombed and Christian and Jews beheaded? The Quran does say some good and noble things but it also says a whole lot of evil and vile things that people do not want to own up to. Why the anger at a preacher in Florida for what he may do? Because its not a normal act within the realms of Christian circles to do something so provacative and yet muslims incite violence and do provacative acts quite normally. Not all muslims by any means but the so called "moderates" are almost quiet. I expect to hear an uproar about Christian persecution just like the one we currently hear about the Quran burning from these so called moderates. Write letters, utilize air time to fiercely condemn intolerance abroad, and then I will stick up for us and we will feel compelled to stick up for your rights. In fighting for Christian rights to exist peacefully...you honestly safeguard you own

      September 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • Kate

      @Lester

      Sorry, but I object vehemently to the casual way you just dismissed the contribution and sacrifices of Muslims in our Military, some of whom are right there in the list of soldiers you cited who have died for "our" freedoms.

      As for the "quiet", blame the media, which is much more interested in column inches on the actions of those extremists than any moderate voice. Conflict sells paper sells ad space – nice is relegated to the bottom of page 9. Why? Because the public is more interested in extremists than moderates because then it reinforces minds already made up.

      As for the rest of your comment, I'm not entirely sure you know who you want to rail at – Muslim moderates, left wing Christians, or what?

      Just growlin'

      September 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • Jibril

      Muhamad, it's all written ? Then why do you guys keep trying to re-enact the "big bang" by blowing up innocents ?

      September 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
    • Canisius

      Islam is a false heresy bent on destroying anything that it cannot subdue...... Death to Islam

      September 11, 2010 at 8:31 am |
    • freewoman

      too bad the Koran does not tell its readers that real humans don't fly planes into buildings to make a religious statement for idiots.

      September 11, 2010 at 8:47 am |
    • Niez

      Muhammad, You hate the truth about your religion of falsehood. Until you come to the realization that Jeus Christ is the only way to heaven and accept Him, you and everyone elsewho don't believe that statement, are headed to eternal damnation. I dare you to read about the only true Holy book, the Bible before you and your Muslim friends try to burn it. And as far as this professor goes, what other lies is he telling to his students? Obviously, CNN has an agenda.

      September 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  17. eddie anderson

    Would Muslims burn a Bible? Maybe not, but they fly planes through a building, we know that for a fact...

    September 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • Kate

      @eddie anderson

      Would Christians burn a Qur'an? Maybe not, but they desecrate the memories of our fallen heroes. We know that for a fact too ...

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
    • Jibril

      Hi Kate

      I know the 19 hijackers are "fallen heroes" to you. Hope you'll understand if we Americans don't want to "respect" them.

      Keep Islammin'

      September 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ Jibril....Kate was speaking of the WBC....Westboro Baptist Church. Americans that protest outside fallen heroes funerals here on American soil. Look beyond your hatred, to ALL the news in the world.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
    • Kate

      @TammyB

      Jibril's a troll, he does stunts like this all the time.

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
    • Sam Hussein Mohammed Deakins

      Why burn a Bible when they can burn a CHRISTIAN?

      September 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  18. umish

    The arabs have burned bibles, flags, Torahs, and people. The have blown up the Buddah, and dessicrated other religions' holy sites. They are just being normal illiterate uneducated brutes who believe what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. Please.... Besides, since there is no god, then the bibles are just works of fiction and burning one has not significant meaning. Look at it from this point of view, the Grand Mufti in Egypt in WW2 supported the Nazi eradication plan for the Jews. So who is calling the kettle black.... They will do what ever they want and use any excuse to cause mayhem.. Unfortunately, the schmuck in Florida was throwing gas into the fire. If you provoke a dog he will bite you.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  19. dutchblitz1

    Would Muslims burn a Bible? They did that in Gaza in 2007.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html?cat=9

    September 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • JayDee

      In the same article, we read that the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack as barbaric and despicable and blamed Hamas militiamen. The torching of the church is one of the fruits of the bloody coup that Hamas staged in the Gaza Strip,' he said.

      I guess the desecration of a Christian church isn't looked upon too favorably among the Moslems.

      September 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  20. muhammad riza falefi

    if they want to burn the Quran is the same as they do not want peace on earth ... Islam is peace loving ... if they study the Quran, they will see how peaceful Islam ...

    September 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • tt

      So who is more peaceful, the sunni suicide bombers in pakistan killing shiites or the shiite suicide bombers in iraq killing sunnis?
      What about the muslims killing christians in nigria, are they following the peaceful way of islam? The people who blew up the trains in london and spain, were they peaceful? the muslims killing blacks in sudan are they peaceful?

      Infact i cant think of one conflict around the world that doesnt involve muslims. lebanon, russia, yemen, somalia, pakistan israel, sudan, the list goes on.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Kate

      @tt

      Northern Ireland, Mexico, to name two off the top of my head.

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • TammyB

      @ tt...Abortion clinics, abortion doctors, the US in Iraq killing Muslims (I know...not politically correct, but true...since we instigated that war), the Bosnian/Serbian debacle...Muslims were killed in that and not by other muslims exclusively. The KKK who burns crosses and terrorizes persons in the name of God....I am sure there are more I'm missing. And don't even look at anything historically, as Christianity played a big part in the demise of many, many, many people.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
    • Peter F

      The problem here is that people keep making huge judgments about a religion based off of its followers, and skewed historical perspectives. What we really need to do here is to go down to the nitty gritty details, found in the Scriptures themselves. Obviously that is going to be difficult for those of us who have not studied the Koran in great detail (or the Bible for others), but we can learn something here if we try.

      If I had been wondering if Islam really was the true way to go and the next day the two planes flew into the WTC, then no one would blame me for being disgusted with Islam. And if I had been considering the claims of Christian Scripture and then noticed some Christians protesting at funerals of fallen soldiers, or heard about a gay man being beaten to death by supposed church-goers, then everyone would say I am correct to count out Christianity. Wake up, people. There are false prophets out there. There are wolves in sheep's clothing. Not everyone who claims to live by their faith is actually obeying the words.

      Again, we cannot judge a book by its cover, er.... its misguided followers.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      Closed Mind, Closed Heart.

      A single living cell divides, now there are two,
      Beginning of a dream, a thought, there’s me and you.
      There is that other cell, you, and here’s me,
      My mind, my soul, my space, my place to be.

      For you, who think have answers, know it all
      Who think, that you are this and that and not a single cell
      That “other” cells you own, that they belong to you
      Here are the cells, there’s you, what you believe is true.

      You think you breath, blink, swallow, even beat your heart
      You think, so you’re right in your belief you’re smart,
      Not, if you truly did that, you could try to stop
      But because your mind is closed and so is your heart

      There is no space to enter, no flow, good or bad
      The only place your world exists, is only in your head
      “There may be more out there”, I say, “just listen, look”
      But all you see or hear, you say, is “Gobbledygook”

      Day after day you suffer, fearful, stuck in time
      Stuck in your thoughts of WHAT IS should be, “me”, and “mine”
      Off course, whatever you think, you are only right
      The choice is yours, if you see darkness or become the light

      Until you realize, there’s nothing outside
      That everything you are, there is, can only be inside
      Until you let Life flow, let yourself receive
      There is no peace, there’s nothing Life can give

      So there’s your truth, no matter where you go
      What closed your mind, is your false self, your ego
      It makes you think that you’re alone, apart
      It keeps your mind shut closed and so is your heart.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
    • SomeTruth

      Peter F:

      "...we cannot judge a book by its cover..."

      Right, but we can do a good job of evaluating its contents - as historical fiction, fantasy, reports of the products of delusions and hallucinations, legends, myths and superst itions. And I am referring to ALL religious texts.

      Yes, there are some pearls of wisdom on how humans can live well in all of them, but the unproven supernatural aspects of them are out of the realm of believability.

      September 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
    • Jibril

      Muahamad – Yes we all know how peaceful it is – can you keep that peace and not share it with the civilized world ?

      September 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
    • Tommy Carlucci

      Islam is NOT a peaceful religion. I have been to Yeman, Iraq and Iran. I have seen what you do to your women because you have small penis's. I have seen first hand a stoning and have been to many rally where I witness the raging hate from your people.

      We know what you are and we ARE ready to fight you in this country. Death to Muhammad and Allah!

      September 11, 2010 at 8:57 am |
    • ACS

      In 2007 a group of Palestinians broke into a Catholic church in Palestinian territory. They used RPG's to blast down the doors. Desecrated a statue of Jesus and Mary. Then went on to burn the Bibles in the church and mission.
      This article is flawed in stating Muslims have not burned Bibles in the last 9 years. This was just 3 years ago.
      What else is did this writer write that is either wrong or out right lie?

      September 11, 2010 at 9:43 am |
    • Anonymous

      Yeah, we have seen how peaceful they are. Just threaten to burn their book of swine and they riot. So very peaceful.

      September 11, 2010 at 10:10 am |
    • Brett

      Muslims DO burn bibles, see the drudgereport front page this morning..... http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html?cat=9

      Religion of peace, not...

      September 11, 2010 at 10:15 am |
    • Sam Hussein Mohammed Deakins

      LOL!

      September 11, 2010 at 10:29 am |
    • cjstgeorge

      @tt Peace through Submission to Allah

      Qur'an:9:5 Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.

      Don't waste your taqiyya lies on me.

      September 11, 2010 at 10:30 am |
    • whiskey_tango_foxtrot

      # 2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

      # 2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

      # 2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

      # 2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4

      http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

      September 11, 2010 at 11:01 am |
    • Steve

      Muhammad, you are incorrect. The only way that islam teaches peace is when all of the world converts to islam.

      September 11, 2010 at 11:35 am |
    • Martin Lebouitz

      I suggest you review the events corresponding to the Hamas takeover of Gaza. Church doors were blasted open by rocket propelled grenades, crosses were destroyed, prayer books and bibles were burned.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Dave Gaffney

      Correction – to the Christian, the Bible is the word of God. Jesus is the Word made flesh. For the record, Jesus was crucified, yet the followers of Christ did not take to the streets in revolt, threatening to kill Romans and Jews. Instead, they spread the good news of His resurrection, because death could not hold Him. How can anyone make a comparison to burning a book to burning a person? That concept is ridiculous on its face. For the record, check how many Christians are killed every year in Muslim nations just for declaring their faith.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
    • Jules

      If it's so peaceful, why are all these crazy jihadists running around bombing places, flying planes into buildings and beheading people? What kind of people allow stonings and beheadings as punishment? Until moderate muslims start coming out in huge numbers to protest these acts of abomination, then don't blame the rest of the world for thinking this is an intolerant and barbaric religion. It seems that muslims will make the effort to come out in numbers to protest in favor of building their mosques in contentious places or they'll protest at the proposed burning of the Quran, but where are they when hostages are murdered on camera or even when one of their own is about to be stoned to death for some ficticious crime? The muslims need to stop acting the victims and start admitting that their religion has been hijacked by a bunch of mentally unstable terrorists.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
    • kenji

      ask anyone who live in muslim nations who are not muslim have the first hand account of islam as THE religion of peace.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
    • Nicole

      How can you say that Islam is a peaceful religion when there are more acts of violence happening( by people who are Muslim)??? Over history many and many of years many people have burned the holy bible. Do you see christians setting fire to tires and killing people ?? just because someone threatens to burn it ?Out of all the religions in the world people keep saying that Islam is the most peaceful but yet there is never any peace.

      September 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • Right

      In Saudi Arabia, Bibles are not allowed. In Afghanistan, Bibles are not allowed. Last year, American soldiers were ordered to burn their bibles to convince the Afghanis that they were not there to preach to them. What is happening to Bibles that get confiscated in this countries along with the person discovered in possession of them? It's not hard to find out the answer to that, folks. It is a lie that a muslim respects the Bible, or the Taliban and other "devout" muslims would not BAN the Bible book's existence in their countries. Try again, Muhammad. What happens to a muslim person in Indonesia who is found reading the Bible? Hmm? How come there are so many dead bodies laying around, if Islam likes and has reverence for this book? It's just strange to me that so many whole countries who are Islamic do not display this respect you speak of for the Bible. Not fringe individual groups of radicals. Whole Islamic countries.

      September 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
    • Zac

      Even if you are right about zero bibles being burned in the last nine years, which I am sure you are not. Do you know how many Christians have been killed because of Islam in the last nine years?? Read the news, 3 teenage girls were beheaded in Indonesia just for being Christian, it happens all the time, maybe you remember what happened on 9/11/01. How many Muslims have been killed by Christians in the last nine years for not converting?? ZERO

      September 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
    • Bridget

      Gaza 2007: Hamas burning bibles and crosses. Please read whole article, incl. second page.
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.htm

      September 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • Jim

      The King of Saudi Arabia burns Bibles every week! Having been to Saudi twice, I know Bibles are confiscated at the airport upon arrival and later burned. I was warned not to go near Mecca or face arrest and imprisonment. If I should get to Mecca I would be executed. Muslims who leave Islam face murder. No Churches nor Temples are allowed in Saudi. There is no relious freedom in Islam. The facts are that Muslims attack then hide behind women and children knowing we will not knowingly harm the innocent. Now they attack and hide behind "religous freedom" for which they have no respect. Americans wake up! Who would brainwash youg people into strapping on a bomb or flying a plane to kill the innocent? Would Jehovah or Jesus? NO NEVER! Would Satan? ABSOLUTELY! Would Allah or Muhammed? If Muslims answer NO, then why are they not demanding the heads of Osama, Taliban and Al Kaida who blaspheme Allah? If they answer YES, then we know they stand with Satan. It cannot be both ways. It is time for good Muslims to stand up and demand an end to terrorism and support for religous freedom. Otherwise, pack your stuff and go home to religous tyranny. Do not try to force your sharia law and religion on us.

      September 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
    • Mike

      Would a Muslim burn a bible? Yes, they did in 2007...
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285123/christians_in_gaza_fear_for_their_lives.html

      There are crazy people of every religion, though some religions do encourage conflict and hate more than others...

      September 12, 2010 at 10:22 am |
    • Steve

      Can this "professor" honestly print this and not expect to get called on the carpet for it? If I can add anything to this rebuttal, it would be this.: THE PRESS should stop "walking on egg shells" around the Islamic side of this subject and either release ALL the news concerning the Islamic-Christian issue or release NONE of it. HEY, CNN!! Where's YOUR stories, on YOUR website, of Palistinians, Pakistanis, Afghanis, and Egyptians murdering Fundamentalist Christians, Catholics, and Copts, and of course, burning Bibles? And before another poster brings up the Crusades, can we keep in mind it's the Muslims who insist this is a Holy War? If anything, the US would L-O-V-E for the Middle East to convert to Secularism, NOT Christianity.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • Pamela Celina Davis Fadalla

      YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK. Go back to your country. With a little help from ALLAH you and your people can have a country like the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ... THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST. Type in "terrorists" and get an eye full. Don't rely on CNN, FOX etc. to teach you anything. EDUCATE YOURSELF. PS: I didn't burn you bible, I have decided to save on the Charmin Tissue.

      September 25, 2010 at 8:47 am |
    • Jerome

      How many times does the word "love" appear in the Koran and in what context?

      October 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
    • MUSLIMS DO BURN BIBLES

      Here's just one example:

      http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/Images:Pakistan

      In the August 2009 riots against Christians in Gojra, Muslims not only burnt Bibles, but they also burnt alive Christian women and children over an alleged desecration of a Quran. A hundred churches and Christian-owned homes were also looted and destroyed. One of the photos show Catholic nuns looking at what's left of a burnt Bible in a church, after it was attacked by a Muslim mob.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:13 am |
    • MUSLIMS USE BIBLE AS TOILET PAPER

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/2005/05/palestinians-used-bible-toilet-paper.html

      December 31, 2010 at 8:21 am |
    • MUSLIMS URINATE ON TORAH SCROLLS

      http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=17101

      December 31, 2010 at 8:24 am |
    • mageline

      The main difference between the Islamic faith and the Christian faith is that Christians are told to go out and spread the word of Jesus not to demand that others must follow or be less than Christians, where as the Islamic faith teaches that all MUST follow or be less than someone who follows the Islamic faith. Christianity still gives the right of choice with no strings other than to who you will answer to when you die. Islam says you either join or else.

      January 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
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