September 9th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Quran burning reaction pours in from around the world

[Updated 4:59 p.m.] Increasingly earnest reaction poured in at home and around the world Thursday to a pastor's plans to burn copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, on Saturday. The Rev. Terry Jones, the head of a small church in Gainesville, said he will go ahead with plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The statements in reaction received so far are as follows:

The statements in reaction received so far are as follows:

- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said, "While I
will defend any American's First Amendment rights, our generals in the field
tell us that the men and women defending those rights would be endangered as a  result of this stunt. If this group insists on going forward, I would hope that members of the media will not reward them with what they crave most: news coverage."

- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who said he has been in touch with the
church, said, "I think common decency would dictate that this would not occur  and that we would be respectful and are a respectful people of all religions."  He said there was little he could do to stop the burning because of the First Amendment.

- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is "deeply disturbed" by reports about the plan. "Such actions cannot be condoned by any religion," he said. "They contradict the efforts of the United Nations, and many people around the world, to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions. ... I sincerely hope that they will not take such unacceptable actions."

- A spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan tells CNN: "If in Florida they were to burn the Quran, we will target any Christians, even if they are innocent, because the Quran is our holy book and we do not want someone to burnour holy book."

- A senior Iranian Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpayegani, condemned the plan to burn the Quran and calling for the arrest of Jones, head of the Dove World Outreach Center, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency. Should such an "inhumane incident take place in America, the U.S. government and President [Barack] Obama will be held responsible," he said, according to the report.

- Interpol, the international police organization, warned of "tragic consequences" that "may well claim the lives of many innocent people" if the burning goes ahead. Secretary General Ronald Noble said September 11 should be a day to fight terrorism, not a day to "engage in provocative acts that will give terrorists propaganda" to recruit others to their cause.

- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he hoped Jones would refrain from carrying out the burning, and he pointed out Muslims are about to celebrate Eid, the end of their holy month of Ramadan. "To seek to mar it in this calculated way would be selfish and provocative in the extreme," Hague said.

- Sajjad Karim, a Muslim and British member of the European Parliament, told the chamber Thursday that the Quran burning "is the act of one man and his followers alone. His actions should not be identified with the West or Christianity. Muslims globally must know that, through this Quran burning, this man will achieve nothing. He has been isolated in his country and his religion. It is only through a reaction that any perverse sense of achievement can be earned."

- U.S. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, urged Jones against the burning in a posting on his Twitter page Thursday. "Pastor Jones' threats to burn the Quran will put American service men/women in danger – for their sake please don't do it!"

- Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Paris Grand Mosque and France's most important spokesman for the Muslim community, urged Muslims to respond "wisely" to the burning and "not to fall into the trap of provocation."

- Bernard Valero, spokesman for France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, "This incitement to hatred is unacceptable and can only reinforce all forms of extremism. It is also an insult to the memory of the victims of September 11 and also to all the other victims of terrorist acts motivated by intolerance and the abuse of religion."

- The U.S. Embassy in London said Washington is "deeply concerned about all deliberate attempts to offend members of any religious or ethnic group" and condemned such acts as "unrepresentative of American values." While the embassy said it believes firmly in freedom of religion and freedom of expression, "we reaffirm our position that the deliberate destruction of any holy book is an abhorrent act."

- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says the burning could be used by extremists to carry out more violence. He spoke after meeting with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd Austin, and U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey. "If it does take place, it will inflict the most severe damage to inter-faith relations and human and cultural dialogue and will be used as a pretext by extremists for more killings and retaliatory killing," al-Maliki said.

- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grave concern over the threats to burn copies of the Quran. According to spokesman Farhatullah Babar, Zardari said anyone who even thought of such a despicable act must be suffering from a diseased mind and a sickly soul. He said it will inflame sentiments among Muslims throughout the world and cause irreparable damage to interfaith harmony and world peace. Zardari called for doing all it takes to stop such a "senseless and outrageous act."

- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on Interpol, the international police organization, to stop the church from carrying out the burning, which he called a "crime against humanity." Malik said the burning would be an international crime because it will affect "international peace and harmony."

- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to stop the Quran burning, which he called a "hideous act." A presidential spokesman said Indonesia is concerned the burning will incite hardline Muslims in Indonesia and around the world.

- A hardline Indonesian Muslim group, the Islamic Defenders Front, told CNN it will protest the planned burning and will issue a death sentence on Rev. Terry Jones if he carries out his plan. "This is not a problem between Muslims and Christians but rather between Terry Jones and mankind," said Sabri Lubis, a secretary general with the group.

- The Vatican implored the church Wednesday not to burn the Quran, saying it would be an "outrageous and grave gesture."

- The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, also expressed concern Wednesday, saying the burning will "lead to uncontrollable reactions" and spark tension worldwide.

- The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, warned earlier this week that the plan "could cause significant problems" for American troops overseas.

- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, plans to hold a news conference in Washington on Thursday to address the issue. The group's "Learn, Don't Burn" initiative includes the distribution of of 200,000 Qurans and other activities planned for Friday and Saturday, the planned date of the burning.

- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the right of the church's pastor, Terry Jones, to go ahead with the plan, even though he condemns the idea as "distasteful." Bloomberg said this week, "The First Amendment protects everybody, and you can't say that we are going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement," Bloomberg said, citing the section of the Constitution that promises freedom of speech.

- The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting U.S. troops from religious intolerance, has promised to buy one new Quran and donate it to the Afghan National Army for each one burned in Florida.

- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Quran burning would be a "disrespectful, disgraceful act."

- Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Jones on Wednesday to halt his plans, saying the burning "will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don't feed that fire."

- The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan condemned it as "disrespectful, intolerant and divisive," in a statement on Wednesday. "We are deeply concerned about all deliberate attempts to offend members of any religious or ethnic group," said Stephen Engelken, the second-ranking diplomat at the embassy.

- The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday issued a statement saying the U.S. government "in no way condones such acts of disrespect against the religion of Islam, and is deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups." It said it condemned the "offensive initiative" by the Florida church.

- The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James Jeffrey, issued a joint statement with Lloyd Austin, the commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq, to condemn the act.

- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman denounced the Quran burning as "contrary to the teachings of tolerant divine religions and totally incompatible with the logic of dialogue among civilizations, religions and cultures." He noted that a United Nations conference on religious tolerance two years ago called on people "to renounce hatred and intolerance and terrorism," and "to reflect on the Christian teachings and concepts of humanity that emphasizes the love and respect for the other."

- Muhammad Ismail, a spokesman for the hardline Indonesian Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir, said earlier this week, "The burning is not only an insult to the holy Quran, but an insult to Islam and Muslims around the world."

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  1. Efzaran

    The famous letter from a Rabbi, after Europe’s persecution of the Jews, found in Phillip Mansel’s book “Constantinople ”, reflect the reality of peace, justice, security and protection under Islamic Spain.

    “Here in the land of the Turks we have nothing to complain of. We possess great fortunes; much gold and silver are in our hands. We are not oppressed with heavy taxes and our commerce is free and unhindered. Rich are the fruits of the earth. Everything is cheap and every one of us lives in peace and freedom...”[1]

    Ulick R. Burke, a prominent historian specializing in the history of Spain, reached a similar conclusion,

    “Christians did not suffer in any way, on account of their religion, at the hands of Moors…not only perfect toleration but nominal equality was the rule of the Arabs in Spain.’[2]

    [1] Philip Mansel. 1995. Constantinople : City of the World's desire, 1453-1924. Penguin Books, p. 15
    [2] Ulick R. Burke, A History of Spain , London , 1900, Vol I, P. 129.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Timur himself recorded the invasions in his memoirs, collectively known as Tuzk-i-Timuri.[22] In them, he vividly described the massacre at Delhi:

      "In a short space of time all the people in the [Delhi] fort were put to the sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels, and all the goods and effects, the treasure and the grain which for many a long year had been stored in the fort became the spoil of my soldiers. They set fire to the houses and reduced them to ashes, and they razed the buildings and the fort to the ground....All these infidel Hindus were slain, their women and children, and their property and goods became the spoil of the victors. I proclaimed throughout the camp that every man who had infidel prisoners should put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death.

      ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND INFIDELS, impious idolators, were on that day slain. Maulana Nasiruddin Umar, a counselor and man of learning, who, in all his life, had never killed a sparrow, now, in execution of my order, slew with his sword fifteen idolatrous Hindus, who were his captives....on the great day of battle these 100,000 prisoners could not be left with the baggage, and that it would be entirely opposed to the rules of war to set these idolaters and enemies of Islam at liberty...no other course remained but that of making them all food for the sword."

      .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Hindus

      September 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Efzaran, I'm glad you know your history, but what about non-Muslims living in Muslim dominated countries today? Can you honestly say that the tolerance inherent in your references is also present in most Muslim-dominated countries?

      September 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saxson

      A hardline Indonesian Muslim group, the Islamic Defenders Front, told CNN it will protest the planned burning and will issue a death sentence on Rev. Terry Jones if he carries out his plan. "This is not a problem between Muslims and Christians but rather between Terry Jones and mankind," said Sabri Lubis, a secretary general with the group.

      ^^ Is the Reason Non Muslims dislike the muslim religon you're a Hateful an violent people.. You are willing to take a persons life in the name of a religon.. The Christians are hateful but not violent.. i dont have to fear walking down my street at any moment some guy wearin a rag on his head isnt going to run into me an blow himself up all in the name of the Qur'an.. As I agree Burning the Qur'an is wrong but he dose have the freedom of speech and unfortantly the goverment cant and/or wont stop them.. So it looks like Islamic Defenders front will be the next on america's terroist list..

      September 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AB

      Saxson- you said christians are hateful but non-violent group?! HAVE YOU READ A FREAKIN HISTORY BOOK EVER? Okay, lets name a few examples of Christians being violent, and these are pretty well-known: The Crusades, started by Chrisitans to take back The Holy Land, KKK white Chrisitans attacking african-americans, the NAZIS Chrisitans massacering another religion. You might think Christians are all high and mighty, but there is not one religion without blood on their hands. Throughout history, I believe the Muslims and Christians have the same amount of blood on their hands.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • a2b2

      Religion sucks period. If people would follow properly their books non of this would have happened. Quran had been burnt, Bibles had been burnt, churchs and mosques had been destroyed and I have never seen these much lunacy at all. we have lived in peace and we can. wake up people.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • leat

      yes there is. Buddhists are pretty peaceful.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      ---TROJAN HORSE --TROJAN HORSE -–TROJAN HORSE---This mosque is a trojan horse .Fight the cancer .

      September 9, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • alejandro henriquez

      To the STUPID people who claim they are CHRISTIANS specifically the people IN FLORIDA!!! Burning a Quran is only going to hurt our service men in Afghanistan and Americans abroad in the middle eastern countries by stupid people who claim they believe the true principles of Islam and who are really muslim radicals giving a bad name to the Islam religion. When you attack other religions for there belief how true are you to the roots and principles of the scriptures of both religions. From the peace speaking Love and Harmony promoting Jesus and the prophet Muhhamed we live in a physical world where all our spirits will be judged in front of the creator whether you call him ALLAH GOD JEHOVAH OR JESUS CHRIST. Promoting WAR and DEath is not the true core of either religion. Acknowledgement of righteousness and furthering progress to mankind and ones final destination to the Afterlife granted for one actions on earth should be the concern for all spirits trapped in the physical being.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      Has anyone ever boticed that this "Nut Job" in florida doesn't even know how to spell the word Quran? He spells it Koran. Here is a fool that is so ignorant that he wants to burn something he can't even spell. That is sad.

      September 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Efzaran

    Remember, many innocent Muslims working in the world trade centers also lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It was an act of terrorism, not an act of Islam.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Dski

      there are evil people in ALL religions.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Hello, does anyone remember Oaklahoma City? As I remember that was done by a homegrown, Christian extremist. Does that mean that there are no good Christians either and that Christians should not be in this country? I certainly hope not since I am a Christian.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      @ Mary

      Timothy McVeigh did NOT bomb the federal Murrah building BECAUSE of his Christianity. He bombed it because he was a conspiracy loon and anarchist who hated government and joined militias. As for my opinion, I regard all conspiracy theory peddlers, anarchists, militia members to be crazy and delusional people.

      The people who flew planes into WTC and Pentagon WERE in fact motivated by their faith in Islam. They were fighting FOR an Islamic cause. How do we know? Al Qaeda and other Islamic crazies tell us this themselves.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Mary you are a buffoon. McVeigh did not kill all those people in the name of Christianity or Jesus. How can you be that ignorant. Stop watching MSNBC.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      IS THERE REALLY ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEM TERRORIST AND ISLAM???

      September 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boston

      @DJ

      Yes there is!! Muslim hate and fight only those who hate and fight them. That's why they are not attacking Canada every day. The blind U.S. support for Israel and the Bush war on many civilians in Iraq doesn't set very well with Muslims. If defending your religion and your fellow Muslim is an act of terrorism, then I guess we're guilty.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim G

      Are there christian churches near the site of Timothy McVey's bombing? Is there a difference between muslim bombings and Christian bombings?

      September 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      For all those calling Mary stupid you are ignorant. And though McVeigh may not have been fighting completely in the name of Christianity he called himself a CHRISTIAN patriot. After seeing what the government did with Waco he went crazy and bombed the building.

      What also needs to be said (because people in this country can't get it through their thick skulls) is that the Muslim religion isn't inherently violent....at least not any more than Christianity. Have ANY of you actually read the old testament or even the new testament or do you just listen to your religious leaders when they say god loves everyone the same.

      Here or some verses you may have forgotten:
      "Women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says." (1 Corinthians 14:34)
      "Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her as a covering." (1 Corinthians 11:13-15)
      "One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the congregation of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 23:2)
      "But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. "Why have you let all the women live?" he demanded. "These are the very ones who followed Balaam's advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD's people. Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves." (Numbers 31:7-18 NLT)

      There are plenty of insane stories of prophets doing insane things in both religions. And this is my point, you can't just say that the religion is innately awful because of what is written in their holy book. It's always up to the interpretation of the individual. Some people take these stories literally. There are many many things even in the bible that Christians don't follow anymore.

      The crusades, the inquisition, etc etc...these acts were acts not just made up by someone but were taken from their holy book. It takes the individual to know the difference of what is of value today...and this is where many people fail. Burning the quaran is a stupid publicity stunt that does nothing more than to aggravate an already delicate situation. You don't want terrorists to bomb things, don't f***** give them a god damned reason to.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan J

      What are you talking about "many muslims" died on 9/11?! The number of muslims accounted for that died on 9/11 is less than 100.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lived In Saudi for 4 years

      You're delusional. 9/11 was PURELY an act of Islam!

      September 10, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. laxer87

    Why can't we stop this man this is and should be considered a national security issue' in regards to our troops fighting over see's. Why can't the government step in' this could cause soo much damage to us inregards to the underground fighting units also. This does not make any sense.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Garland

      I agree one hundred percent. This guy is a threat to out national and international security. I appreciate the fact that the 1st ammendment covers our freedom of speech, President Obama needs to make an executive order in this case and stop this guy for his protection and ours.

      September 9, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Slippery slope. Think about if the government was able to trump on individual rights with the pretense of national security. There may be instances where that currently exists, but could prove to be extremely problematic when dealing with the ability to express one's ideas openly.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Wrong. This "pastor" does not threaten anyone's security. Muslims who kill and butcher others (e.g. in Nigeria after the Danish cartoons) because of a perceived insult are the ones who threaten international security.

      In any case, our troops would be safer if they were allowed to come home. What were the objectives in Afghanistan? Oust the Taliban, smash Al Qaeda, send a clear unequivocal message to the Muslim world that terrorism against the US does not pay dividends. All of these have been achieved. We don't need soldiers as shooting ducks 9 years after 9/11. We need intelligence to keep terrorists in check. And if necessary, if terrorists in Afghanistan start getting uppity again, we return with our bombers and missiles and subject them to another whopping. Occupation makes absolutely no sense.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dfox2116

      i dont see a problem with it. if radical muslim groups have the right to stage protests in New York and say that America will burn and that Islam will take over the world i dont think a quran burning by a church should be considered anything but but a group of people using their first amendment rights. If muslims all over the world feel like they have to resort to violence because of this protest the only thing they will be doing is proving this pastor's point.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      Robert has it right, I agree. We shouldnt even have soldiers still there. The president is calling for no burning, but states we must allow the mosque to built in New York. Both things offend people but we have the that freedom . I dont think the president stood up there and told them not to build the mosque because there would be people out there asking cab drivers if they were muslim and then stabbing them. I doubt the guys on the primetime news programs will lose a minutes sleep over a soldier getting hurt because of their building this thing to a global stick of dynamite. bottom line is this is not a national security matter, the guy has the right to burn them if he wants, weather or not it is the right thing to do. If islamic faith people commit a crime against the man then they will go to jail just like the guy in New York that stabbed the cabbie because he was muslim.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      As other people have stated, the problem is with fundamentalist Muslims who think everyone should care about their religion or parish. By them threatening this religious leader I think it gives cause for him to do it. Who are they to make demands? Who are they to threaten Americans on American soil. Let them come, I will stand by this man and fight anyone who dares to attack him (although I don't agree with what he's doing he should be able to express himself this way if he chooses).

      September 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      then we are no better than Iran, Cuba, and other countries were freedom of speech doe not exsist. I totally disagree with this preacher point of view & he actions. Becareful of what you wish for it will cause a back lash.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      RC, you're an idiot. Yes, Obama does support the mosque. He supports because he in fact believes that it is an attempt to share ideas and promote peace. How does he know this? Because the people building it tell him that. And the President is not the only not-muslim that believes them. A lot of people support it, albeit a lot of people don't. I don't think it's a good idea personally but they have the right to build it.

      These idiots in Florida are burning Korans simply to spread hatred and more than anything else to keep Terry Jones in the spotlight he lost when the tv channel he was on shut him down. This is about one man's delusions of celebrity, his bigotry, and his dumb as followers. You can't even spin this to sound right. Obama is against this burning but also acknowledges they have the right to do so.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen ATL

      Correct Jonathon. This is just some nutjob redneck acting out his need for attention. How in the hell did this guy become a national figure anyway? Oh yeah, Faux news' needed a story.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stop the Press

    Everyone – Email every TV station, newspaper and media outlet and ask them not to publish images of Qurans burning on 9/11. This will only fan the flames and jeopardize American lives around the world. Do not publicize this lunacy! Send an email and save a life!

    September 9, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Absolutely! While we unfortunately cannot stop this heinous act, our news media CAN refrain from showing it to the world and playing into this fanatic's hands. Let us turn our collective backs on this hate-monger and not give him the stage he craves.

      Both freedom of speech and freedom of the press are critical to who we are and to preserving the best of our way of life - there's nothing that says, however, that our press can't voluntarily refuse to allow one person's free speech to harm so many. Stop the press, turn your back, and spend 9/11 remembering those whom we lost and working to make the world a better place!

      September 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      We should absolutly not stop this man from burning the Quran, it is his right, your right, my right to burn any book I want. If people want to cause violence over it, it is there will, this man is not making them do that. With that said, he is still an idiot for doing it, and if these muslim clerics issue a death sentence on him, then I will not care if he dies, becaue we all have to pay for the consequences of our actions, wether they are right or wrong. Personally, I hope he dies, we need less idiots like him polluting our world.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      If we refuse to report on it, we'd be accused of trying to cover it up. No, we must accept what this man does, we must show the world that here in America you are allowed to say or do whatever you want to, so long as no one is injured. And since the Taliban and other Muslim extremist groups already want to kill Americans and American soldiers, I hardly see cause to blame the pastor for it, no matter what he does.

      What the media needs to do is allow Muslim leaders to voice their opinions of the event, which they have been doing quite well. If you're going to write letters, how about sending a few to those who target Park51?

      We must, absolutely must, live out the freedom we claim the rest of the world requires. Anything less and we're just imperialists with a catchy slogan.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dski

    i was thinking about starting a grass roots campaign to make Sept. 11 a national holiday. i'm not so sure how to get the words out besides using the net. if anyone agrees that it should be a national holiday, then please spread the word.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristiane

      National Holidays are, for the most part, days of joy and celebration. Sept 11, 2001 not unlike Pearl Harbor Day are the nations days of memorial services in rembrance of those who lost their lives and reminders that we live in times of peril and that there will always be wars and rumors of war and that is horrible. That said, your request has validity and it is that we shall never forget what was done by a handful of evil people who sought their own "man-made" glory by taking the lives of people they did not even know.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      It would just become another capitalist way of making money. Veteran days sales, Memorial Day sales, Labor day sales and so forth. But I would like to see a proper memorial sight at Grown Zero with American Flags flying.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. laxer87

    This man is a not right and we are not a Nation that has a hate for all muslims. I have friends that are muslims and if they burned a bible I would be upset yet I would ask him why and if they answered to get back at this man I would understand but to give him all this press shut it off don't anyone attend and don't let anyone film it please people wake up this is a Bigeot

    September 9, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      I hate them and everyone I know hates them.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      RJ why do you hate them all?

      September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      it is a closed mineded mentality and a fear of something different that tends to be a major cause of HATE and DISCRIMINATION, if people weren't afraid of what was NEW it would be doubtful as much hate would exist in the world. ISLAM AT ITS BASE IS A PEACEFUL RELIGION. comparing these extremists to the entire culture is like comparing white supremecisits to every christian in society who is white...

      September 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dski

    if not Sept. 11th, how about SUPER BOWL MONDAY???? the day after superbowl.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. NMCB

    this should have just been ignored to begin with. if nobody knew about it, it wouldnt be a problem overseas

    September 9, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • shanna

      Just because you ignore it, doesnt mean the problem goes away.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nb37

      AMEN the media talking about this 24-7 informing the world about an idiot in Florida. CAUSING more of a problem than would have already been. ONE person can cause SO much trouble. I read the preacher has his own e-bay store and encourages all the members to quit jobs and go to work for him. He shouldn't have been allowed to appear on television and recieve all the attention that he is getting.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      People tried to ignore men like Hitler, The ones who did listen spread hate & terrorism across the world.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    This self proclaimed pastor is not listening to the voice of God, it's his ego that is running the show. He should stick to selling furniture on ebay instead of using religion to justify his need for attention. He should be locked away with the criminally insane.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      God has nothing to do with this!

      September 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DKJ

      Religion is the core of all evil and most wars.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tod

    Does war put our soldiers lives in danger? I guess the soldiers are not in any danger right now. How about travelers, are they in danger right now? Well, based on recent killings, we are in no danger anyway, right? Do we know where all the extremists are hiding?..well duh, no we don't otherwise they would all be eliminated already. Will this act pull more extremists out into the public eye or into the soldiers sights? HOPEFULLY, then we can stop them from future attacks.
    Look, these religious extremists are brainwashed in their beliefs and how do you change that? Remember history when the Catholic church was in control, much of the same type of brainwashed extremism and murders all in the name of religion. So the question remains, how do we change this? One way is to talk to them, did this work during the dark ages?..NO Has it worked at all in the last 20-30 years?...NO What about eliminate all of the elders so they can't teach any kids their twisted view of the Quran? Isn't that what we are trying to do? So, if these book burnings expose the extremists that would do us harm regardless of the book burnings, would that be a good thing? Would we get an idea of who we need to pay attention to and eliminate? What I would do, is "SAY" I am burning the Quran, then burn a bunch of magazines(secretly) and let them see it on tv or hear about it. Let them attack and then show them that the books were actually playboy and hustler magazines. I think that is a great way to expose the EVIL muslims, because if they are true muslims, they would pray for those doing the burning and then once they find out they are not real Qurans burnng, all the good muslims will be relieved. Let's play this smart and DO NOT BE AFRAID, God is on the side of the GOOD right? It is our duty to root out all evil and eliminate it or pray for them as they cut your head off like in the dark ages. Stop living our lives in FEAR and stand up to evil, it is the only way to stop it.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Spockanator

      Well Said... Lets espose the bad guys

      September 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • What...

      Your whole concept of evil and the triumph over evil through God's will is frightening.

      The Muslim extremist is saying the exact same thing about you on his end.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      What is the lesson: Visit your own country and help our economy.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • cjg

      im in total agreement with you buddy. they ask is such an inhuman act to take place in america? burning paper isnt inhumane, this falls in the freedom of speech category, what about all your god hating, atheist children? and for those who feel differently, try to put yourself in ther shoes of the people who lost someone in 9/11 or in this almost decade long war on terrorism

      September 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      In response to "What": I never said it is "God's will". I said "God is on the side of the Good, right?" I am not God, because if I were God, there would be no evil. I despise murder, lying, cheating, corruption, war, and people who think they should control everyone with FEAR. I do not FEAR death, I nearly died once, I can handle it. The problem is, people FEAR life too. It is my opinion through all of my 46 years of life(and near death) and education in religion, math, science, engineering and history to the PhD level (and still learning, always), that LIFE IS SACRED. The mere fact that these extremist muslims threaten a SACRED LIFE over a BOOK, a history book I might add, tells me what kind of people they are(the extremists). I might get mad if you burned a physics or math book because they cost so much to replace, but I would never, ever, threaten the life of another over such a small act (defending my life or the life of another is the only way I could see myself doing great harm). To value a book over a life is appalling to me. To value any material thing over a life is appalling to me. The fact that these extremists threaten our lives because we believe in LIFE, LIBERTY, the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS and freedom for all mankind tells me that we do not want people like this in charge of anything.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nate

    Why doesn't someone who burns two hundred bibles, which would be considered a small number to burn in some countries, get this kind of publicity? Rev. Jones point is solid – just as christians endure their holy bible being burned, the muslims and islamic people need to learn the same tolerance.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      You hit the nail on the head Nate, all the Muslims do is make demands about how everyone else can appease them. Time for them to Suck It Up and deal! I'm tired of hearing them demonstrating in the streets and making threats because of a cartoon in a newspaper, but we're supposed to bow down to their Mosque at Ground Zero and stiffle any oppinons about it, so that THEY don't get offended?!? Tell me to find another country to populate, you know why they're all here???EVERYBODY ELSE THREW EM OUT! AND WE SHOULD TOO!

      September 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Sorry if this is a double post...

      Replace Muslim with Christian in "You hit the nail on the head Nate, all the Muslims do is make demands about how everyone else can appease them. Time for them to Suck It Up and deal! ". It's the Christians vs the gays!. Hypocrites!!!

      September 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    Burn it. I'm just suprised it took this long for americans to be fed up with all this muslin crap everytime u look at the news there goes another muslim blowing somthing up and our troops r under constant attack now so it won't b any worse just get all troops out and let those animals kill each other. Islam is soo weird. Listen to a fairytale book from the bronze age our religious peolpe r nuts but like those wacky kill everyone muslims all religion does is cause trouble when will humans outgrow the fairytales of all religions

    September 9, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      We are better than that. I don't agree with Muslims way but I will not disrespect a group by burning their bible. I am even against putting a mosque near ground zero. However, it is not right to burn the Koran. A group of Muslims may hate Americans burn our flag and bible...our beliefs. So, does it make sense to burn theirs? Why should we stoop to their level? Americans are better than that...we must rise above their hatred and wrong doing and do what is right. Most of all we should do it to protect our own overseas fighting this senseless war which there are no winners.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sjdl

      hey mike i am a muslim we are very kind it says in the Quran to be kind to all people and that we should are tret each other with love for each other if i see someone wanting to burn a bible or torah i will get angry we need peace and your ignorance is stoping us from acheeving that why dont u be quiet and actually read a Quran and LEARN.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RickInTexas

    I don't really agree with the planned burning; not so much because I disagree with some of the points trying to be made, but really I just don't think it's the right forum for making a case against certain aspects of the Muslim faith.

    I wish we could read the reactions of important world leaders every time an idiot burned a Bible, American flag, or picture of the president!

    September 9, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    So tired of americans bending over backward to kiss the muslim rearend. They see all of us as the infidel that needs to b killed. They are our enemy weather we like it or not so if its a fight they want since the troops can't just wipe them out as they should. The german army of world war 2 would have been oout of there years ago and not 1 muslim remaining. I don't support the view of germany back then but man did they know how to kick some u know what. Take a lesson from them. This is war

    September 9, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerad

      Mike, you exemplify Ignorant America. Kudos to you for being another intolerant idiot who needs their breeding card revoked. Please stop talking, typing, thinking, or any other "T" words that come to that Vacuum of space contained upon your neck.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Its not realy worth argueing your point seeing that your very ignorent to society. However, people who are muslim does not mean they are bad nor terrorists. Because they practice those believes does not mean americans should target the religion as a whole. How about we burn video games cause they disrupt the minds of many teens? Lets start a new trend... Now i'm trying to educate yourself to be more open minded. This should have nothing to do with religion, nor do you have the reasoning to have such views.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeremy

    This event and the muhammed cartoon drawing really show what is clearly evident to me: Islam and Free Speech are inherently incompatible. They may talk about freedom, but it's easy to permit expression when you agree with the content. The TRUE test is permitting content which you find offensive and abhorrent. It's obvious that Muslims will never grasp that concept.

    Further, I'm concerned with these vieled threats. Muslims ask us to seperate the extremists from the rest of their followers; they tell us Al Qieda, Hammas, and the other represent a minority and that they should not be judged or punished because of the few. I think Americans clearly follow this thinking anyways. However, why do they not afford us the same treratment? They say Americans everywhere will suffer retribution for the acts of a few people from a tiny Church in Florida. They act as if the actions of 50 people represnt the stance of 250 million Americans! How hypocritical (and unreasonable) is that stance? Especially when you consider the thousands of Bibles and American flags that Muslims have burnt?

    I mean just look at the stance of the NYC mosque. He says if he had known this was going to create such division, he wouldn't have went forward. However, now he knows yet he says he has not plans to move the site. How does that even make sense?

    No no no my fellow Americans. It's about time we stand up for ideals no matter what the "Politically Correct" answer is and no matter whether we agree with the speech or hate it. It is the action itself we support, not the content.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Spockanator

      Amen

      September 9, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • dfox2116

      well said and i agree.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorbrads10

      Well said.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonnAmerican Muslim

      "Muslims ask us to seperate the extremists from the rest of why do they not afford us the same treratment? They say Americans everywhere will suffer retribution for the acts of a few people from a tiny Church in Florida. They act as if the actions of 50 people represnt the stance of 250 million Americans! How hypocritical (and unreasonable) is that stance?"

      As a muslim, I totally agree with your line of argument. But I think you are making a similar mistake of stereotyping. General muslims very well know that one pastor in Florida does NOT represent America. As a foreigner, I want to let you that newspaper in our country (which is a muslim one) is publishing all the news about how prominent americans, both inside and outside government, are against this act. It is only some stupid terrorist groups who are mixing things up. So, please, don't confuse the reaction of some extremist group with that of a billion people.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathy

      You sure hit the nail on the head. Muslims are for fundamental freedom – theirs. Anyone who disagrees isn't afforded freedom.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      TROJAN HORSE ---DOES ANYONE REMEMBER . This HAND OF FRIENDSHIP will cost you guys your country -it is just a matter of time and numbers . The more they are the more demanding they will get .You will loose yourlifesyle and freedom . Islam and democracy do not go together .

      September 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
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