September 7th, 2010
07:29 PM ET

Pastor weighing plans to burn Qurans amid U.S. warnings

A Florida pastor told CNN on Tuesday that while his congregation still plans to burn Qurans to protest the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the church is "weighing" its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, who was interviewed on CNN's "American Morning," said the congregation is taking seriously the warning from the U.S. military that the act could cause problems for American troops.

"We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it," Jones said.

"We are definitely weighing the situation. We are weighing the thing that we're about to do. What it possibly could cause. What is our actual message. What are we trying to get across."


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  1. Sam

    #1. When did Americans start burning books? We are supposed to be the good guys, or so I've always been taught. In America we can hate what books say, we can ban them in certain municipalities, we can rail and preach against them at the top of our lungs, but, Americans don't burn books. That is what the "bad guys" do, not us. The greatest danger the Muslim extremist pose to our country is that our reaction to their physical and political threats may cause us to become as intolerant as they are. Today we burn their "holy" book, tomorrow, what? Public beheadings? Do not let them drag us down to their level. Once we get that low, we may never be able to get back up. Someone once said, "We will often do things in a group that we would be ashamed to do by ourselves".
    #2 The Bible says "Do not return evil for evil, or insults with insults. Instead, pray for blessing. You were called in order to inherit blessing," (First Peter 3:9) and "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:43-45) and the ever popular but always neglected "But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." so don't try to tell me that Christ wants us to do this when evrything he ever preached was against it. I hate what they did to us on September 11, I hate the way they persecute "infidels" and ignore their own teachings that they profess to live by. If we do this in the name of Christ, who told us not to act this way, aren't we ignoring our own teachings, too?
    #3. Not every Muslim is a terrorist. Not every Muslim hates Americans. Yet. To burn their "holy book" would do what? Would it cause one single Muslim to love us? Would it cause one single terrorist group to decide, "Hey, let's leave these guys alone"? Would it maybe be seen as spitting in the face of all Muslims everywhere and send maybe thousands of non-violent, America-neutral Muslims over to the other camp?

    There are many reasons not to burn the books. It is wrong (not illegal, but still wrong), It is directly against the teachings of the very Christ it's organisers claim to follow, it is politically counter-productive and can only make the situation worse, and it is frankly shameful.

    The only reason I can think of for burning them is that it would feel good in a mob-rule renvenge kind of way. We're supposed to be better than that. We are not responsible for what -they- do. We are entirely responsible for what -we- do.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. philipe12

    You can tell a tree by it's fruit. You can tell what a nation is founded on by that nations behavior. Obviously there is not one single nation founded on the teachings of Jesus. (aka Christianity) So let's stop pretending otherwise.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Burning these books would make GOD LOOK BAD. Get there attention with love. That's what the bible teaches. Jesus said by love all will know your my disciples.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. ren

    OK so we respect their Quaran. Would they respect our Bible. It also says an eye for an eye. Or is that barbaric too. I don't see anyone quoting the Quaran. Come on give it a try then see if they are living up to it.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      When will people realize and understand that we live by the New Testament. Stop quoting the Old Testament. The Old Testament was the law, Jesus fulfilled the law. The New Testament is Mercy and Grace. If your truly a Christian then you should know this.

      September 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cantan,kerous

      Read my post

      September 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tolook

    Yea, lets give in to them and see what it bring us tomarrow. the time is right to let them rule. you say buring a book is hate and It's ignorant and it provoke violence. eveyday Muslim extremist are killing man / woman and kids in the name of religious and that is not more violent then buing a book.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wayne

    Every religion has its share of radicals this also includes Christians. In America those radicals are called KKK they are terrorist who always claim to be Christian, but the KKK does not represent Christianity as a whole. Just like Middle Eastern terrorist do not represent Muslims as a whole. Being Muslim is NOT a race there are Americans not from the Middle East that are Muslim. Just as there are people who are Christians who are not from America. Bottom line terrorist are terrorist whether Christian or Muslim and no religion represents terrorism. Terrorist represent terrorist and anyone with common sense should see this.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wayne

    Nowhere in the Bible does God or Jesus force us to accept Him. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament and we live under the New Testament. God says whoever believes and accepts my Son shall have everlasting life. Meaning we can't force Jesus on anyone. When Jesus was alive He did not force Himself on anyone. He actually allowed them to kill Him rather than force them to follow Him. Which He could have easily done. Jesus did not destroy anybody or anything. He turned over tables in the temple for the business transaction "the hustlin" they where doing in the temple. He did not strike anyone in the temple or tear down any temple items. Our duty as Christians is to live a Christ-like life and spread the Good News of His word. People have the choice to accept His word those who don't, that's between them and God. Jesus never attacked other religions, remember Christianity is love and Islam is Peace. Some people who claim either to be Christian or Muslim and do or say things that do not reflect their religion only reflects who THEY really are as people. Remember Muslim or Christian is a religion, NOT a race or nationality when people get an understanding of this then we can begin to have intelligent conversation

    September 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ren

    Does anyone remember South Park? Whether you like the show doesn't matter. Fact is they threatened the producers with their lives and got away with that. And Wayne when will Americans realize that we don't live by the Quran either? Do lets tally this up. They build a religeous monument where thousands were slayed by muslim hands and they can threaten Americans in public and we aren't suppose to react? Lets just lay back and do nothing. Maybe you fancy beating your wife too.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      First off, I've never beat or touched my wife in that manner. So I don't know where that is coming from. Secondly, if you want to Do something join the MILITARY. But spreading hatred is not helping the situation. Again being Muslim is a Religion not a Race or Nationallity. On 9/11 we were attacked by terrorist. Not Islam!! Do you realize some of OUR troops, born in America, are MUSLIM.

      September 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • cantan,kerous

      Naaaa, but maybe knock some sense into YOUR head....

      September 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wayne

    @mother5 and Linda, can you locate Muslim on a MAP????????
    Go back to their own country??? That's one of the most idiotic, ignorant, uneducated statments I have ever HEARD!!!!
    The only thing you know about being American is that you were popped out in America.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ren

    Many people have been hurt and killed people in the name of Chrisianity. Nothing new but we know they are nuts. However these people hide behind their Quran and we think its ok to do anything to anyone because we are respecting their right to their religious beliefs. So then you say it is ok to kill people in the name of Allah but GOD forbid we even recognize CHRISTmas. However don't forget to respect Ramedan while you're at it. Get on your knees and face Washington DC

    September 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wayne

    Anybody who kills in the name of religion, IS nuts. However, the same positive and negatives that exist within the Christian religion exists in the Muslim religion. Both religions have produced murderers and terrorist. I have never seen Muslims protesting Christmas just as we shouldn't protest Ramadan. Will people ever understand we are not at war with Islam. The terrorist are not at war with Christians they are at war with America and the GREED of America.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ren

    You really don't see the handwriting on the wall do you? My point was that God is not allow to be mentioned in schools and government functions, but Allah is.Islam is. They are given religious freedom while Christianity is being considered taboo. That's probably why that pastor is doing what he's doing. "One nation under God" is getting sick of being repressed by people who believe in Jihad attacking us with the presidential seal on it.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    Robin "Sunshine"

    The burning of the Quran by this pastor is for publicity...when he does burn these Qurans, I suggest, not TV camera, or news crews be present to exploit this event. People burn books all the time, even in private...I am a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ...but to create havoc which can cause punative damage and harm to people is not what God intents...God does not tell us to destroy or to condemn others in His name. God says to first take the log of your your own eye, before you can take a splinter out of your brothers eye. Which one of these so called extreme Christians are not of sin and malice? How sad this world will be destroyed over religion...and who is casting the stones back and forth, one hate for another. Thanks to this crazy pastor all Christians have to live in a little bit more fear. Not to mention the lives which will be at risk in this religous war in the middle east. Even some of the postings I have read on this comment page, shows other radical Christians. I would tell them to look in the mirror, they are not much different then the radical muslims who have destroyed in the name of their god. Thanks Robin for letting me post my comment on this matter.

    Very Concerned American born in India....


    September 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cantan,kerous

    There will be a burning of the bible on September 12 to protest christian ignorance. God is dead and the bible will burn fast. The burning will be downtown Columbia, SC and more info to come. Burn baby burn.........

    September 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrea

    I would like to own the movie rights to this story! One small town Christian pastor defies intelligence for fame and profit and brings years of hard won positive, expensive diplomatic international relations into the dark nuclear ages. At a revival/carnival he publicly attacks a sacred text of another religion to taunt and provoke them and become a reality TV star. At the event he pees on 50, sacred to many, books. And the video of it went viral on You Tube. As a result we experience from 2010 – 2040 the most devastating worst world war imaginable. I might suggest naming the movie “The Carnival Barker”.

    Despite having been warned a head of time of his intentions, people stood by like deer in the headlights. He even defies the top military commanders of his country after being specifically asked to stand down and not proceed with the carnival hate speech pee event. Some believed his evil message was legal under free speech. Some had an inkling that Hate Speech may not be the same thing as Free Speech. (Some hateful ignorant things said, can have consequences, is the premise of the movie). (If you cannot say something nice Don’ t say anything at all).

    Others believed in the carnival barker pastor. Donations flowed in and soon he had a new trailer (and haircut). Also the church followers grew and they spent 50 million $$ to buy land and build a monumental cathedral dedicated to the Carnival Pastor, (which was much later burned down by fellow countryman.)

    Top military commanders and leaders of his country felt powerless to stop the carnival because they worried about the perception of limiting free speech. Other countries and religious leaders opposed it. But Free Hate Speech appeared legal in the country of USA. Instead of the Barker standing down, we did and the events were cataclysmic. According to the Barker/ Pastor his show must go on.

    Not enough people stood up to his Hate Speech and as a result we experience from 2010 – 2040 the most devastating worst world war imaginable. There are other subscripts and scenarios played out in the movie.

    One, there was to be an election soon and one party decided to remain silent knowing ahead of time the possible consequences of the carnival because, they believed that if they opposed the barker they would lose votes of some increasingly large grass roots organizations and voters. One of those organizations was called the Lemonade party and the other the Beer Party.

    Another sub story has a teacher (Angelina Jolie) and a firefighter (Nicolas Cage), and maybe a librarian, hook up accidently and start a protest across the street at the event. They connect realizing the potential and possibilities to avert disaster. They park a trailer across the street and give away good books and T shirts that say things like "Read Books Don't Burn Them” or “Burn Books = Burn Bridges” or “Support our Troops Don’t Burn Them”. Also a top commander in US Forces (real not an actor) comes to the event and makes an impassioned, educational speech that turned out to educate many and he becomes great friends and allies with Angie and Nick.

    Some books like “Three Cups of Tea” Childrens Edition. “Mrs Piggle Wiggle” and “Ruby Holler” turned out to be some of the favorites amongst both children and adults. They managed to get a wide base of support and donated books in a very short time before the event. Their efforts ultimately save the world and promote lasting, cooperative peace throughout the world, as well as literacy.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
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