Florida church plans ‘Burn a Quran’ Day on 9/11

On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in vengeance or protest of what it calls a religion “of the devil,” The Dove World Outreach Center; a church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an “International Burn a Quran Day”(Nauzubillah). This anti-Muslim activism among some conservative and religious groups in US has apparently sparked after the controversy over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to commemorate 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page (which is not accessible in Pakistan), it invites Christians to burn the Muslim Holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The group also has a You Tube page and a video which claims all Muslims are unhappy. The group’s leader and controversial preacher, Pastor Terry Jones, has self-published a book entitled “Islam is of the Devil” and his church sells coffee mugs and T-shirts promoting the book’s title since 2009.

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The event is creating significant abhorrence and hostility across a range of religious and cultural groupings all over the world. Muslim advocacy groups, God Believers Association (GBA) and evangelical Christian organizations alike have condemned the church for its plans.

The church has drawn condemnation and demands to cancel the event from the National Association of Evangelicals, which said in a statement that “Burn a Koran Day” shows “disrespect for our Muslim neighbors and would exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims throughout the world.”

Meanwhile in reaction to this news, a petition has also been filed in The Lahore High Court by Judicial Activism Panel (JAP) Chairman Azhar Siddique advocate, seeking permanent ban on Facebook website in the country for launching blasphemous competition against the Holy Quran. Earlier this year the Facebook website had been banned in Pakistan over “Draw Muhammad Day” controversy from 19th to 31st May 2010. The ban was lifted afterward on the assurance of the federal government, ministry of information technology, PTA and the Facebook management that such a mistake will not be allowed in future.

On the other hand, The “In Protest of ‘International Burn a Koran Day’” page on Facebook is not aligned to any religion or culture, it states,

“The mission of this group is to peacefully show opposition to the disrespect that Dove World is exhibiting towards the Muslim people” and employs a quote by the late civil rights figure Martin Luther King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”

CNN host Rick Sanchez invited Jones on his show to ask him about the provocative action. When Sanchez pressed Jones about why he would try to anger the world’s Muslims by burning their sacred text, the evangelical Pastor replied, “Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred,”. Jones later went on to explain, “What we are also doing by the burning of the Quran, we’re saying stop, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law, stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims; they are welcome in our country.” When Sanchez asked him how he would feel if Muslims burned the Bible, Jones admitted he wouldn’t like it but emphasized that it was his “right” to burn the Islamic text because “we live in America”.

Living in America means you are allowed to promote this kind of provocative insanity? which will only inflame tension sowing the seeds of hatred and the saddest part being propagated through a church. In his ethos, it’s OK to burn other peoples sacred scriptures, but not his? The American President Barack Obama is a Muslim personality and it will be a test for him to deal with such negativity and hatred against Islam and Muslims.

18 thoughts on “Florida church plans ‘Burn a Quran’ Day on 9/11”

  1. It is indeed a very shamefull act that a group of people with a sadistic & satanic approach have attempted to insult our religious book. Such an act shows the intolerance of a small group of people towards the followers of the second largest religion of the world. We the Muslims strictly condemn this inhuman & sick attitude. The civilized & educated people who are followers of other religions/ faiths should aim to reform the world in a way where the human race lives in peace & harmony & where such shamefull act is not repeated against any religion/ faith.

  2. Philip777,

    A major thank you from a Muslim. I, and countless other Muslims, sincerely love all good people of the world. May we all be blessed with more people who think the same, amen.


  3. Just a way to show all Christians don’t think that way. I’m sure the vast majority of Christians in the world, and even in America, are against this horrendous and completely anti-Christian initiative, we can prove it if this group reaches more members than the International
    Burn a Koran Day page. Please join.


    We won’t burn a Koran, because Jesus wouldn’t have done it !!!

    Muslims are also welcome, if they want to discuss in a respectful way (but all agressive/disrespectful posts will be deleted, no matter who posts them).

    Our way to spell Islam : I Sincerely Love All Muslims


    Philip from France

  4. terry jones is not a christian. So beware. he’s most probably a fire worshipper. Fire worshippers live hidden these days. Please don’t take him as your community member. terry jones is not of your community.

    The proof is his moustache, he doesn’t wear it like christians, his moustache is like those of fire worshippers.

    Fire worshippers were defeated by Ceasar of Rome (a Christian) (Roman empire) about 1000 years ago. Muslims prayed for Ceasar of Rome to win the war against fire worshippers. It is also predicted in the Qur’an (the winning of Rome against fire worshipper) so that’s what make them (the fire worshippers) so bitter against Islam and Muslims.

    Don’t fall into trap of terry jones. he’s not your friend.



  5. Acts of one person or a certain community should not be translated into as an act of a whole country. The previous FaceBook controversy was started by one person and we blamed the whole nation. Rational and liberal thinking is required here.

  6. This is somewhat sad to hear and witness. I think all religions should be respected the same way like one expects to deserve. Differences such as this need to be addressed by especially the secular portion of population.

  7. The sentiments of Muslims should not be played with. We are a peaceful nation as well as tolerant people. Such actions however hurt us and the terrorist organizations get more material to make youth stand against the west.

  8. The page is a total flop nutcase invention like all others in such cases. Mostly for cheap publicity. The people who write in such pages have hidden identities and seem low lives. People who dont know any better. Some one said hey dont do that, see you have to buy it from them so they are eaerning profit from sales.. huh? no need to panic i think. They always die their own death. The perverts do it. How can you reason with a pervert?


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