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Don't burn the Koran: chapter two

Despite the condemnations from Gen. David Petraeus, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even the Vatican, Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is still on course to burn the Koran this Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. He doesn't seem to care about the impact this will have on our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Or the impact his holy bonfire will have on America's image in Muslim countries, which ain't all that high anyway.

Now, contrast what Jones is planning to what Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is trying to do in lower Manhattan. Rauf is the man behind the "mosque that isn't a mosque" who wrote eloquently in the New York Times on Wednesday about the goals of Cordoba House, the community center that would reside within Park51. I thought about Jones when I read Rauf's description of how the support of Cordoba House was received by Muslims during his two months overseas, including the last two weeks representing the United States on a tour in the Middle East.

President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg both spoke out in support of our project. As I traveled overseas, I saw firsthand how their words and actions made a tremendous impact on the Muslim street and on Muslim leaders. It was striking: a Christian president and a Jewish mayor of New York supporting the rights of Muslims. Their statements sent a powerful message about what America stands for, and will be remembered as a milestone in improving American-Muslim relations.

The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith. These efforts by radicals at distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of Americans worldwide. This is why Americans must not back away from completion of this project. If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides. The paradigm of a clash between the West and the Muslim world will continue, as it has in recent decades at terrible cost. It is a paradigm we must shift.

Burning Korans on Sept. 11 would harden -- not shift -- that paradigm.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
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In 1993, Islamic terrorists bombed the World Trade Center in New York City, killing 7 people and injuring more than 1,000. In 1995, 19 Americans were killed and 500 were injured when Islamic terrorists blew up American barracks in Saudi Arabia. Islamic terrorists bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously in 1998, killing 258 and wounding more than 5,000. Seventeen U.S. servicemen were killed when Islamic terrorists bombed the USS Cole at a Yemen port in 2000. In 2001, Islamic terrorists hijacked four U.S. airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania, killing more than 3,000 people.

So when Muslims plan constructing a mosque two blocks from ground zero, you gotta think Americans are really stupid, that they are so blinded by political correctness that they would allow such a vile slap in the face.

Obama was foolish to support this tribute to Muslim martyrs! And Jones would be foolish to burn Korans!

What has happened to common sense???

Posted by: 2012frank | September 8, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Did this pastor secure enough carbon credits for all the CO2 these burning books are gonna release? If not, put me down as outraged. Can't we try and be offensive in an enviroMENTALly friendly fashion?

Posted by: kreminitly | September 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This "church" has around 50 members. 50 whackjobs who are now front and center on the world stage with everyone from Hilary Clinton to Angelina Jolie commenting on their proposed lunacy. How did this happen? It's so discouraging that an ignorant and intolerant few can cause so much trouble.

Posted by: calgrl75 | September 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

May 10, 1933 -- Nazi youth groups burn 20,000 books. Burning the Koran is unChristian, unMuslim, unJewish, unBuddhist, unAmerican, unHuman.... It is an attempt to manipulate the world back to the same evils of 1933. This time, however, we have our knowledege of the complexities of that history to offer us wisdom, along with our sweet goodness and what we simply know to be true.

Posted by: pgalien | September 8, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

This "church" has around 50 members. 50 whackjobs who are now front and center on the world stage with everyone from Hilary Clinton to Angelina Jolie commenting on their proposed lunacy. How did this happen? It's so discouraging that an ignorant and intolerant few can cause so much trouble.
Posted by: calgrl75 | September 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse
Calgrl75,

Completely agree. I think the question goes back to Capehart. Why does the media continually feel the need to blow things like this completely out of proportion? Right now the media has some bizarre obsession with Islam at a time when our economy, unemployment, elections, two wars and a gulf coast disaster are probably a bit more of a priority?

Maybe the last country to blame a religious minority to distract attention away from a failing economy and high unemployment was Nazi Germany or Taliban controlled Afghanistan?

It would be nice to have a reset button for the US media to get us back to issues that actually matter in a very important election year. Some lunatic in Florida acting like a Christian version of Al-Qaida is not newsworthy, but it should make us question the Florida educational system which probably is very newsworthy.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Jones burning a Quran will hurt the feelings of some people. Building the Islamic Center near 9/11 will also hurt the feelings of some people. What is the difference?

It seems to me that the people who are endorsing the Islamic Center really have no basis for criticising Rev. Jones' bonfire. How can endorse the Muslim practice of religion near 9/11 and criticise Rev. Jones' expression of his religion? If Rev. Jones has purchased his copy of the Quran, shouldn't he be entitled to destroy it? (I will grant you that Rev. Jones probably shouldn't go through with this -- but -- on what basis can someone who supports the Islamic Center come down hard on Rev. Jones?)

Posted by: herlick | September 8, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

herlick,

He can do whatever he wants and I don’t think anyone is objecting to his freedom of speech. I think the issue is he is going to publicly burn a holy book for Muslims during the holiest time of the year for them, the end of Ramadan, which is also the day in which the Koran was presented to Mohammed. I’m guessing if Malaysia or Indonesia had troops in The Philippines they probably wouldn’t be happy about Muslims back home burning bibles on Christmas...in fact burning a bible in both countries at any time is illegal (even if your Christian).

It’s not a matter of freedom of speech it’s a matter of looking out for the hundreds of thousands of American troops and civilians (such as myself) currently living in Muslim countries.

I’m not worried about being killed but I am worried about losing clients to German, Korean, Chinese or Japanese competitors and having to layoff a few hundred more American workers at a time when our country is struggling to create jobs. It may just be one crazy guy in Florida but the American (not Muslim) media has made us out to be a bunch of Koran burning Muslim haters just as they have made Muslims out to be American haters with a few shots of extremists in Afghanistan.

The instigation by the American media is doing us no favors and only hurting our global reputation at a time when we need to be going all out to improve it. We are not in danger of being taken over by the Muslim faith but we are in great danger of losing more and more jobs and work to the Chinese economy.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Draw a cartoon in a turban and receive a death sentence. Kill 3,000 infidels and receive tolerance and understanding. Something is very, very wrong.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | September 8, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Southeasterner

I am sorry that Rev. Jones' actions may have adverse impacts on you and others. I have to agree that this is cooked-up issue. It must have been a real slow news day.

My point was that I see a double standard. Some of the same people who support the 9/11 Islamic Center oppose Rev. Jones' actions. Why the difference? Both are expressions of religion and speech protected by the Constitution. It seems to me that someone who went out of his way to endorse the Islamic Center should keep his mouth shut about Rev. Jones' bonfire. Both the Islamic Center and the Quran bonfire are protected by the Constitution.

Another double standard? I suspect that some of the people upset at Rev. Jones also opposed legislation making flag burning illegal. What is the difference between burning the Quran and burning the stars and stripes?

Posted by: herlick | September 8, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

to all,

i have just one sentence for the pastor of that church: GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES & PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS FOR BEING A "HOLY FOOL", WHO WILL CAUSE GRIEF, INJURIES & LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES FOR NOTHING.

what you CAN do & what you SHOULD do are two separate things.

your planned actions are a SHOULD NOT! = the Constitution allows you to be filled with HATE, burn the Holy Books & expose yourself to public, worldwide, ridicule and Americans to violence BUT the answer for you, pastor, is PRAYER & REPENTENCE!

otoh, i wish to tell every Moslem, who may be reading these words:
WHERE are the MILLIONS of decent, law-abiding, moderate Moslems, who are marching for PEACE & RELIGIOUS TOLERENCE of all other people's beliefs?

also, WHEN are you going to DO something POSITIVE to take back your religion from the LUNATICS, who provoke/use violence against the innocents?
(IF it was a handful of crazies, who had done to my church what the radicals have done to your faith, i would HAVE done more than talk, talk & talk to them.)

TALK IS CHEAP, moderate Moslems. - it's time for you to DO something to END the hate & PUNISH the lunatic fringe.

just my opinion.

yours, tn46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 8, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The liberals, cowards and new world order supporters say "Don't burn the koran. That will inflame the muslims. And we don't want to offend them. And beside, burning books is evil, terrible and wrong".

It is appalling, the outcry from obviously muslim-sympathetic Americans who say that we own Islam respect and understanding and a place in MY COUNTRY.

THEY ARE BOOKS, PEOPLE. GET OVER IT.

Book burning may have been terrible in the old days when books were hard to come by, but books are as coomon as dirt today. Are we to save all of our cds and dvds now because they have digitized books on the.

*Here is the truth about the act of burning books, even back in the day when every book was hand written...

/Acts 19:19...Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver./*

So... BURN ON!!!
The only negative side effect will be a bunch of Muslims realizing that we don't care about their rediculous views!!!

I am going to download a copy and print it out and I will be burning it in the trash barrell on 9-11. Americans across the land should all burn copies of the Koran on 9-11.

Posted by: sofasurferlinux | September 8, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I imagine the Pastor prayed real hard over it and then decided to do what he wanted anyway.

But here is a great idea, simply don't televise it or put any images in the news. None, be responsible.

Also, since they are breaking the law by burning books which are considered to be toxic material due to the ink in the paper according to the law in their county, have the fire department put out any fire they try to start and arrest them for breaking the law.

Posted by: writeseth | September 9, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Muslims will be upset over the burning of the koran, so don't do it. But if anyone is upset about a mosque near ground zero, they must be intolerant. The imam in New York has warned that the stopping of the building of the mosques will result in violence. In other words, build the mosque or else. A great 'out reacher'.
It seems there are two standards being used. The overriding rule is: DON'T CROSS THE MUSLIMS, OR ELSE!
Predictably, liberals side with the muslims, who have gained 'most favored victim' status among liberals.

Posted by: scvaughan | September 9, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

The Rabbis and other church leaders, who
spoke out recently about the Quran burning,
mentioned "civility in public life".
Where indeed, is the civility in constructing a mosque/community center
just two blocks from ground zero?
The first amendment gives people the right
to burn books and build mosques, but of course, those are not "civil" actions.
Are they?
With all due respect to the detractors on
both sides of the Islamic issue, it must
always be remembered, that the Quran clearly calls for the annilation of any
non-member of the Muslim faith.
Christians and Jews alike should bear this
in mind. Finally, throughout history the
Muslims have always built a 'victory'
mosque at the site of a military 'conquest'.
History always repeats itself and as always, we are not paying attention to the
history of world events.
Good luck, America. Good luck.

Posted by: pophamsmith | September 9, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Even though I am an Indian and I am sitting out here in India, I too believe, Jonathan has a point out there. While all these years, our country has been at the receiving end of Islamic fundamentalists, Hindus and Muslims have still managed to coexist and will continue to do so. And this is what I think makes our country a successful democracy just like the USA. But then again, we owe this success to the religious tolerance shown by both the communities. In this case also, I think Rev.Terry Jones should realize the need of the hour is to build bridges between the USA and the Islamic World. Something which won't happen and is certainly not going to happen in the near future, if he does not hold himself back from such ghastly acts.

Posted by: nayarbasant285 | September 9, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Thank God for our sensation seeking press. Of course the Irreverent Jones has the publicity he seeks. More newspapers sold and media time is filled. Internationally Americans have slipped back a bit towards our status in the Bush years.
I do wonder if Koran burning is a practice of religious beliefs that is unconstitutional-- as some of the health practices of Jehovah's Witnesses and Christian Scientists have been found to be. Many people don't realize that the Supreme Court has ruled that you can believe anything you want, but you can't necessarily practice those beliefs-- particularly if they endanger someone. This Koran burning, according to Gen. Petreus can put our soldiers in more danger. It might also put American citizens, and possibly their churches, in danger of a jihadist attack.
But as long as the media can fill time and space with a non-story free enterprise and freedom of the press is served.

Posted by: coachoconnorucla | September 9, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

A few months back, a Christian monthly, the Herald, decided it would use “Allah” to refer to God-- as Imam Rauf is fond of saying, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all Abrahamic faiths whose adherents worship the same deity, right? So why not use the same name?

It turns out that tolerant, moderate Malaysian Muslims didn’t see things quite that way. They took the Christians’ ecumenical gesture as an affront — an effort to proselytize for Christianity or, as Imam Rauf himself put it, “to manipulate the word [“Allah”] to win converts.” So the tolerant, moderate Muslims did their usual Terry-Jackass-Jones-on-steroids routine: They didn’t just burn Bibles, they fire-bombed churches. Non-Islamic proselytism is prohibited by sharia, as Imam Rauf, who wants the United States to be more sharia-compliant, could tell you.

And what did Rauf do? Did he condemn this blatant Christianophobia? Did he lecture Malaysians that the Herald was perfectly within its legal rights to invoke “Allah” in the service of Christianity, and that living in a tolerant, pluralistic society that ensures free expression means accepting the Herald’s actions even if they make Muslims uncomfortable?

Are you kidding?

Instead, Imam Rauf took to the newspapers to admonish Christians on the need to show more sensitivity to Muslims’ feelings. “My message to the Christian community in Malaysia,” he proclaimed, “is that using the word Allah to mean the Christian God may be theologically and legally correct, but in the context of Malaysia, it is socially provocative. If you want to have influence with people in Malaysia, you must find a way to convey your message without provoking this kind of response.”

You know what else might be “socially provocative”? A giant mosque at Ground Zero.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

what the koran says?

koran is the last and final divine revelation to mankind all the way to the last day.

koran is challegeing mankind across hiostory and across time to bring 2 verses or even 1 verse similar to the koran.

so the competition is free and wide open for those who want to challenge the koran.

so america as one nation under god and one nation under the constitution ready for the challenge?

the issue is much deeper than burning the koran especialy where merica is fading theologicaly and ideologicaly ,

banckrupcey is not limited to money and wealth,
good ideology always beat bad ideology .


Posted by: mono1 | September 9, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

RE,the burning of the Koran. Muslims and the liberal media don't seem to mind the burning,spitting,urinating or stomping on of OUR bible and OUR flag or the burning in
effigy of OUR leaders. Then it's "Freedom Of Expression" by the oppressed. I will leave with one of my favorite quotes, "If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him.--Sun Tzu

Posted by: manscave | September 9, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Do any of you really believe that not burning their Koran will make them love us? While we keep "taking the high road" and "turning the other cheek" they are planing to cut off our infidel heads. Turning the other cheek is a fine and noble thing, but at what point do you realize that all they want is to kill you and as many of yours as they can? Is it after the first 1,10,100,1000,100,000 or does it take MILLIONS before the truth is realized? These terrorists are like mad dogs and should hunted down and shot wherever they hide. Borders cannot be recognized and those countries that offer safe haven to terrorists should be treated as terrorists and given a long over due lesson in the consequences of their actions. Or do you think that Iran, who was proven to be offering $1000. bounties for each American killed is really going to convert or start a group hug? The only way that would happen is if one of them was wearing an explosive vest. And instead of "An Eye For An Eye" we need to make it "A Head For An Eye" I will close my rant with a quote from one of my favorite authors: "Those who cling to the untrue doctrine that violence never settles anything would be advised to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." by Robert A Heinlein

Posted by: manscave | September 9, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Where was Obama's exquisite concern when George Soros orchestrated his pro-jihad rent-a-gutter-riots to "endanger our young men and women in uniform"?

Leftist Quislings for sharia law are encouraged to Enter the “Leftist-fascist Hall of Shame” and recall what Kristalnaght-style gutter “arson” looks like.
http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

If one's particular religion is so strong and good why bother with the other fellow's at all. If he hasn't got the sense to follow what you think is the right path, just leave him alone.
I believe that a lot of this heat comes from people who are insecure about their own beliefs added, of course, to those who are congenitally authoritarian and just must control even the innermost thoughts of others.

Posted by: shiboleth | September 9, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

A thought experiment: How long before Salvador Dali’s “blasphemous” caricature of Mohammed burning in hell is expunged from art history classes? How about Auguste Rodin? or Gustave Dore?

Each of these artists caricatured Mohammed roasting in Hell— as related in Dante’s trilogy “The Divine Comedy” [Inferno XXVIII, 19-42]. http://zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/dantes_inferno/

The same forces that repeatedly plot to destroy the fresco of Dante’s Inferno in Bologna’s Church of San Petronio remain at work today.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2205263.stm

And if Western media remain unwilling to fight this battle, what’s to stop the global Taliban from silencing any and every expression Muslims deem “offensive”? Archived depictions of Mohammed serve as a poignant reminder that such imagery has been part of Western AND ISLAMIC culture since the Middle Ages— and serve as a resource for those interested in defending free expression.
http://zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Muslims burn Bibles routinely and often.

Google "Muslims Burning Bibles"

Sauce for the goose....

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Terry Jones' big mistake?

He didn't request a grant from the NEA first.

Free expression clerics will NEVER forgive that heresy.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Burning a Koran is now front-page news across America... subject now to condemnation by President Obama himself.

How many of the hundreds of honor-killings by Muslim families in America made it to the front-page ?

The liberal intelligensia is in a fit of outrage at the insensitivity of burning a Koran... but finds no outrage at the building a VICTORY mosque at Ground Zero !! no outrage that Americans cannot pray or carry bibles in Saudi Arabia.

Somehow burning a Koran will somehow further endanger American lives in the Muslim world ? What nonsense !

What appalling hypocrisy.

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 9, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Ok, here's what EVERYONE (including you capehart) can do to minimize the damage from this event. Ignore this idiot, and his idiot congregation, and get on with your lives.

Posted by: wadeb123 | September 9, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

This entire situation has been created by the media! If they had not created this mountain out of a mole hill, who the hell would give a cr-p what some nutcase minister in some backwater swamp hole in FL and his congregation of 30 people do. Instead they made it world news, marvelous........

Posted by: 2012anewstart | September 9, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I just do not seem to remember the MSM stooges like Capehart getting their collective panties in such a bunch back in 1987 when Andres Serrano displayed his "Piss Christ" (Crucifix in Urine) artwork.

Back then, we were all lectured to by the media elites in this country about the nuances of freedom of speech, the US Constitution, and the overriding principle of tolerating speech even when we find it absolutely abhorrent. What, pray tell, is so different now?

Oh, yeah, back then Christians did not systematically advocate the murder of Mr. Serrano and anyone else who may have offended them? Today, however, Muslims around the world will...

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | September 9, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Previously the President spoke to the constitutional right to build the Manhattan mosque while purposefully sidestepping the wisdom of doing so. At least now when he lambastes the Koran burning he acknowledges that there is a constitutional right to do so. Contrary to what some third world dictators would have us do, the United States cannot and will not prevent political expression, including book burnings. What the United States government and people can and should do is express our outrage at all acts of disrespect and insensitivity, regardless of the legality of those acts. Maybe then the rest of the world will profit from our example.

Posted by: lmmbham | September 9, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Burning the Koran is stupid and needlessly disrespectful, but I don't really care what some Muslim somewhere thinks about Americans. The Feds care because of their Imperial ambitions. Liberals care because they are scared to death of Muslims. "Oh my, what will they think of us." No such worries about continually insulting Christians.

Posted by: independent123 | September 9, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, this turkey and his gaggle got what they wanted: cheap publicity. World wid in fact. He can exercise his 1st Amendment rights all he wants to, but he forgets that with every right comes responsibility and judgement. The responsibility starts at the end of his nose.

So we get all these people in a tizzy over his proposed actions and probably blown them all out of proportion. He took charge of the world's media.I guess nothing of relevence and importance has happened Had there not been this hayday, this obscure fellow and his equally obscure following would remaim just that: obscure. But we had to blow it all out of proportion.

Maybe he'll burn himself up in the process. No great loss.

Posted by: davis4640 | September 9, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Hypocracy has no limit.People who are lecturing America for 'recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship' should lecture to Musalim countries, including Abdul Rauf's birthplace. America has more tolerance than any other country in the world.
The erecting the Cordova place is equally provocative as the burning the Koran.
Any person who cares for America's interest and honor, hospitality should desist from offending sentiments of the American public.

Posted by: mohantys | September 9, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Jones can now distinguish himself from the blackmailing Feisal Abdul Rauf -- who now claims he must go forward with the mosque project because to do otherwise, at this point, would "endanger national security." He can call off the Qur'an burning, and substitute for the burning a Qur'an Reading, in which he will simply read out two dozen of the most chilling verses, and explain that it was these, and a hundred others, that so disturbed him and that he thinks ought to be form the basis of a discussion of Islam, and whether or not it is a religion at all, within the meaning of the First Amendment.

Show reasonablenness where Feisal Abdul Rauf -- having now made what I think is a fatal mistake in attempting to blackmail Americans into abandoning their opposition to the mosque -- shows himself to be more and more sinister.

But use the occasion to begin discussing not some vague thing called the Qur'an but particular passages from the Qur'an. For now, forget the Hadith and the Sira, and just start enlightening people as to the contents of the Qur'an. And make sure they also know, as Wafa Sultan keeps reminding us, that the Qur'an is even more violent and vicious in the original Arabic, and toned down considerabbly in non-Arabic, especially English and French, versions.

Reverend Jones has it in his power to present himself not as what I called, in a posting yesterday, a stock figure in the modern American Commedia dell'Arte, the Southern holy-rolling narrow-minded fire-and-brimstone Preacher Man. He has it in his power to contribute his might to the pedagogic edifice that has to be built, all over the Western world, to make people understand the full meaning, and menace, of Islam.

I doubt if he will rise to the occasion. I fear that he won't. But he might. One never knows, does one?

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

U.S.Gov't: Burn the Bible not the Quran
"Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.
. . . .
"Military officers considered sending the Bibles back to the church, he said, but they worried the church would turn around and send them to another organization in Afghanistan -- giving the impression that they had been distributed by the U.S. government.
"That could lead to violence against troops or U.S. civilians, Wright said."
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/05/20/us.military.bibles.burned

Posted by: Wigboldus | September 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Why are reasonable secular voices like this so rare among Muslims in the West?

"Get Over the Quran Burning," by Asra Q. Nomani
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-09-08/get-over-the-quran-burning/

On the plan to burn Qurans this weekend, I say to Muslims: Let's get over the symbolic insult and deal with the very real issues of literal interpretations of the Quran that are used to sanction domestic violence, terrorism, militancy, and suicide bombings in the name of Islam.
Gen. David Petraeus has weighed in, saying that the planned burnings by the Rev. Terry Jones' congregation in Florida will endanger U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. But I believe that there is something that endangers Americans and American soldiers even more: certain passages that--when read literally--pit Muslims against Americans and the West.

We, as Muslims, need to tear a few pages out of the Quran.

I believe the Qurans are being burnt because we, as Muslims, haven't dealt sincerely and intellectually with very serious issues that certain Quranic passages raise, particularly in the West. These include verses--when literally read--that say that disobedient wives can be beaten "lightly," that Muslims can't be friends with the Jews and the Christians, and that it's OK to kill converts from Islam.

We, as Muslims, need to tear a few pages out of the Quran--symbolically, at least, by rejecting literal adherence to certain problematic verses....

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

President Obama said: "Let me be clear: As a citizen, and as president, I believe that members of the Dove World Outreach Center have the same right to freedom of speech and religion as anyone else in this country."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Obama's words a "clarion defense of the freedom of religion" -- and also claimed that he had recently run into a filthy jihadist who actually supported the Quran-burning!

Keith Olbermann read the poem "First they came ..." on air in defense of the Quran-burners, nearly bringing himself to tears at his own profundity.

No wait, my mistake! This is what Leftists said about the ground zero mosque only five minutes ago when they were posing as First Amendment absolutists. Suddenly, they've developed amnesia when it comes to the free-speech right to burn a Quran.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

At least the Rev. isn't burning women or Blacks, just books.

Look in the mirror he's holding up to American religious people. This is what Christianity looks like to those of us who aren't Christian.

Posted by: Robynmarigny | September 9, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

At least the Rev. isn't burning women or Blacks, just books. This time.

Look in the mirror he's holding up to American religious people. This is what Christianity looks like to those of us who aren't Christian.

Posted by: Robynmarigny | September 9, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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