Should Pastor Burn the Koran?

A pastor of a small 50-member Christian church in Gainesville, FL, the Dove World Outreach Center, has achieved national and international attention because of his plan to burn copies of the Muslim Koran this Saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America in which more than 3,000 people were killed.
Pastor Terry Jones believes “Islam is of the Devil.” And indeed, for Christians, there is only one God and Jesus Christ is the second person of the Divine Trinity, which makes all other “gods” idols and, therefore, of the Devil. In other words, Pastor Jones’ “failing” is that he actually takes seriously his theology and, by calling false gods what they are, has committed the contemporary sin of being politically incorrect.
For that, he is criticized, condemned, attacked, and vilified by his own country’s government officials (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), military (General Petraeus), fellow Christian and other religious clergy, the new Black Panthers (whose leaders have called for the killing of white babies), and by Muslim mobs in Afghanistan and elsewhere who have burned the pastor’s image in effigy. Jones has even received death threats.
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Many of his critics only recently had spoken out with righteous indignation in support of the construction of the Ground Zero mosque, in the name of our Constitution’s sacrosanct First Amendment right of freedom of religion.
At least two dozen Christian churches, Jewish temples and Muslim organizations in Gainesville have mobilized to plan counter-events this Saturday. Some will read from the Koran at their own weekend services. A student group is organizing a protest across the street from Pastor Jones’ church.
But as Adam Kirk of WOKV.com wryly observed on September 8, 2010: 

But just last year, when the pastor of a 14 member church in Canton, N.C. promised to burn all translations of the Christian Bible it considered evil, only a handful of reporters showed up…. And as far as we can tell, the top General in the war on terror, the Secretary of State, and the President never weighed in. The church backed down in the end, after threats of fines for violating local statutes, but their ultimate ceremony was even ignored by the local paper that covered their area.
[…] This morning on NBC’s “The Today Show” senior political advisor to President Obama David Axelrod said when asked whether the Gainesville church has a right to burn a Koran, “it’s not a matter of whether they have the right, it’s a matter of whether it’s right.”
Burning a Koran is considered by Muslims among the most offensive actions taken against Islam. In 2005, 15 people died and scores were wounded in riots in Afghanistan sparked by a story in Newsweek magazine alleging that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention center placed copies of the Koran in washrooms and flushed one down the toilet to get inmates to talk. Newsweek later retracted the story. Just this week a group of 500 protesters chanted “Long live Islam” and “Death to America” a world away in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan.
In a blog on the website of the Dove World Outreach Center, writer Fran Ingram offered the groups’ reasoning for burning the Koran, arguing that it is not God’s word and denies Jesus is the son of God, that Islam is totalitarian and that the religion teaches idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals.
Jones said he now carries a .40-caliber pistol on his hip, because of the level of response and death threats his church is taking seriously. He also said he’s praying about his decision to go forward with the burning, and that he could change his mind if he gets a sign from God.

So, do you think Pastor Jones should burn the Koran?
~Eowyn

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Judy
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My choice wasn’t there, so here it is: Christ admonished to turn the other cheek and love your enemies; love those that spitefully use you. Somehow, burning something of value to someone else doesn’t seem very loving. Should I be a doormat? No. We are instructed to show forth greater love. “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Do you believe that? Really? This action is so Law of Moses. “You burned my Bible, so I’m going to burn your Koran.” Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses. It’s finished. No more eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Do you… Read more »

Hollowpoint
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Hollowpoint

Afghanastan is a country full of pedophiles. Men who “love” boys. Women are for reproduction and boys are for pleasure. They claim they are not homosexual because the “are not in love with the boys”. Oh, I get it now! My point is, we are so worried about offending these kind of people but who cares how many children are raped at the hands of such wonderful people?! This practice is widespread in the strict Muslim countries where the women are required to wear the full covering. Personally, pedophilia offends me and I believe it disgusts most good Americans. So,… Read more »

Milton
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Milton

They must be following the TALMUD:
Yebamoth 63a. States that Adam had sexual intercourse with all the animals in the Garden of Eden.
Yebamoth 63a. Declares that agriculture is the lowest of occupations.
Sanhedrin 55b. A Jew may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years “and a day” old).
Sanhedrin 54b. A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old.
Kethuboth 11b. “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing.”

Milton
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Milton

Burn Koran, BAD. Burn NEW Testament, GOOD: Last update – 18:04 20/05/2008 Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Or Yehuda By The Associated Press Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land. Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material. After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people… Read more »

tina
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Not without having a huge pig roast afterwards!

igor
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igor

actually i think the koran was actually first used as an implement to wipe ones buttocks after defecation… tear the pages out and put them in outhouses acrosss the nation..

igor
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igor

i was just thinking this tiny white christian church has gained notoriety by saying not doing but saying they wanted to burn the koran and people who couldnt find florida on a map are outraged. people like billary clinton, angelina jolie etc celebrities and i wonder where was there outrage over beat whitey night at the iowa state fair?????? you can beat white people, discriminate and kill white people its all good…. but heavens to betsy dont you touch our koran..

Kalif
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Kalif

“It is saddening to see humanity at this great time of peril, confronted with intractable issues such as the freak weather conditions everywhere, the new types of diseases that hint of being man-made, the looming hunger on the horizon and reported dwindling food supplies, the ever increasing oil spill accidents as if fulfilling an agenda, the joblessness homelessness and aimlessness of whole societies, the collapsing financial institutions defrauding even while on its death-bed, the collapsing trust on all forms of authority and law, the collapsing ecosphere and the demise of nature right in front of our eyes and the ever… Read more »

microserf
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microserf

I haven’t read all the comments but my view is NO. why would we do that? Not all muslims are terrorists and not all christians are terrorists. How would we like them burning the Bible or Torah? Time to build bridges not burn them.

Charlie
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Charlie

I see alot of the usual news whore’s, abc, cbs, nbc are talking about this and condeming the Rev. for his dicision to burn the koran but I don’t recall a news cast of any size when these barbarians stone to death women, or behead Christians, or American news people such as Daniel Pearl. To own a Holy Bible is a death sentence in any of the places that are so concerned with the burning of a koran. Go figure.
Posted by Charlie on September 8th 2010, 8:25pm

tina
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Bernice
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Bernice

Don’t forget, there’s nothing more insulting than building a victory mosque near the world trade center. Islam’s only objective is to conquer all territory by attrition. If you don’t stand up to them now, they will eventually own you.

Dave
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I really don’t get this whole Qur’an bonfire thingy, as I see it as being rather pointless, and this Pastor Jones guy strikes me as a bit of a fringe-kook type, anyway. But, if they are going to do it, why not do it right and build a big BBQ pit, toss the Qur’ans into it, douse them with bacon grease, light it all off with a flare, then put the cooking grate in place and grill up some nice, thick center-cut, bone-in pork chops. I mean, why waste a perfectly good fire? And I have a really great Hotter… Read more »

Dave
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Kalif, Stop spewing your bullshit Islamic propaganda here. Islam is not a religion, but is instead a violent, 7th Century tyrannical political movement, one of the biggest (not to mention oldest) lies from which is that there is such a thing as “moderate” and “radical” Islam. Bullshit. There is neither. There is only Islam, and the fact that these so-called “moderate” Islamists aren’t out raising Hell over camel-washers strapping bombs on to young children, or protesting the torture and disfigurement of young women, proves this for all to see. Muhammed was no prophet, but insrtead a lying, murderous child molester… Read more »

Ted Nougat
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Ted Nougat

I don’t have a problem at all with this private citizen burning the Koran. Perhaps he and his congregation should have just gone about it quietly, but their goal was to make a statement…so here we are. I think he might be doing us a favor. The response from the Left and from those in the highest positions of Government – the selective outrage – is insightful. The message is clear: do not make the Muslim world angry. If nothing else, the barbaric response of the Muslim world will once again be on display, along with those whose mission is… Read more »

Roland
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Roland

Anyone who doesn’t believe that the Christian extreme right wing of the Republican Party isn’t fascist, better think again! “When books are burned in the end people will be burned too.” Heinrich Heine German critic & poet (1797 – 1856). Remember that the Nazi’s burned books in the 1930’s, and went on to burn people as well. Books are meant to be read, even if you don’t agree with the contents. If the Christian fascists think that the Islamic fascists are their enemy, then they should read the Koran to better understand their enemy. Instead, they decide to burn it!… Read more »

Dave
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DCG,
LOL. Eowyn really likes me, but what irritates her at times is that I am not quite as “polished” as she is – being that I have no Ph.D hanging about.
But I love her just the same. 🙂
The reaction to this will be not a little interesting:
https://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2010/09/09/quran-burning-threat-leads-network-news-discover-wisdom-palin-and-pope#comment-1332662
I am far beyond tired of playing games with these hideous, 7th Century illiterate barbarians.
-Dave

Dave
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Roland, where were you when the camel-scrubbers were burning up Bibles and burning down churches in droves?
And did you miss the untold millions of innocent non-Muslims these illiterate barbarians managed to kill in the last 1400 years?
If Christians were the fascists you claim them to be (and I doubt your gevernment-schooled ignorant ass even knows what a fascist even is) you would have been dead a long time ago.
Go crawl back into the basement of whatever government school you attended, as you are of insufficient intelligence to be posting here.
-Dave

igor
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igor

whenever muslims have moved into christian held territories either peacefully or through invasion the christian ends up converted or dead..
i mean how many quick eee marts do we need anyway. and as far as masss slaughter remember what the muslims in turkey did to the chrisitan orthodox armenians after ww1 somewhere around 2 million killed . 2 million christians killed by muslims…. burn the koran

microserf
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microserf

It’s all a moot point now, the pastor has backed down, there will be no books burning september 11.

Sam
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Sam

I am jewish and i think that this JUST LIKE WHAT NAZIS DID. How you would you like it if a Muslim burned our Bible and called it the religion of the devil. This is not what your Jesus would have wanted.

Kalif
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Kalif

Hello Eowyn this is for you !!!! Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as… Read more »

Kalif
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Kalif

– Max Ehrmann may not be the real author as people like to plagiarize other’s works.

Dave
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Kalif, All you have done is convince me that you are not a true believing Muslim. Care to know what the true-believing Islamists consider you to be? I hope you don’t have to find out the hard way. Funny you mention me not having grown up, as the five children of two business associates of mine who died in the WTC on 9/11 are now aproaching their 10th year of life without their respective fathers. One of them has tried to commit suicide. Twice. As lond as I live, I will never, ever forget the pictures and videos I saw… Read more »