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Don't burn the Koran

Terry Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. He is the author of the book "Islam is of the Devil." And he has declared Sept. 11 "International Burn a Koran Day." This is stating the obvious, but I'm compelled to say it, anyway: This is a very bad -- no, make that a horrible -- idea.

Gen. David Petraeus, the man tasked with getting things right in Afghanistan, condemned Jones's proposal and warned of the backlash such disrespect would cause.

"I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible Koran burning," Petraeus said. "Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

Jones was unbowed this morning on CNN.

Kudos to anchor Kiran Chetry for highlighting how burning the holy book of another religion to send a message to the radical elements within it will end up offending everyone who practices or is of that faith by heritage. That Jones's church apparently only has 50 members is of no comfort. In Kabul yesterday 500 people took to the streets to burn the U.S. flag and Jones in effigy. It can only get worse if Jones follows through.

A Facebook friend instant messaged me last night with an idea to counter Jones. "People should, leading up to and on the day of, go out and BUY a copy of the Koran to counter the bigot's act. people of ALL faiths" he wrote. That's a superb idea. There's gotta be an iPad app for that.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 7, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Actually you don't need an app for that. You can get an actual copy for free of a translation of the Quran along with additional information at:
http://www.gainpeace.com/Pages/free-quran-literature.aspx

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | September 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

All decent Americans should go out and buy a copy of the Holy Quran's English Transaltion to see for themselves what a great revelation the Quran is:I recommend "The Message Of the Quran" by Muhammad Asad (the former Jewish scholar Lepold Wiesman who converted to Islam decades ago).

He also wrote a truly facinating book :"The Road to Mecca."

Available at amazoon.com

Posted by: asizk | September 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

All decent Americans should go out and buy a copy of the Holy Quran's English Transaltion to see for themselves what a great revelation the Quran is:I recommend "The Message Of the Quran" by Muhammad Asad (the former Jewish scholar Lepold Wiesman who converted to Islam decades ago).

He also wrote a truly facinating book :"The Road to Mecca."

Available at amazoon.com

Posted by: asizk | September 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

All decent Americans should go out and buy a copy of the Holy Quran's English Transaltion to see for themselves what a great revelation the Quran is:I recommend "The Message Of the Quran" by Muhammad Asad (the former Jewish scholar Lepold Wiesman who converted to Islam decades ago).

He also wrote a truly facinating book :"The Road to Mecca."

Available at amazoon.com

Posted by: asizk | September 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Except for the fact that this self-appointed, pistol-packing, mockery of a "Man of God" is attempting to set back Christian-Islam relations by many years, my first response would have been, "isn't Terry Jones a member of Monty Python?" No, he isn't. This freak is just another sanctimonious, pompous, blowhard attention-seeker hiding under the guise of "Christian Values".

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | September 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. He went to Amazon or Borders or Barnes & Noble and bought a copy of the Koran in order to burn it? In my ethos, that's not only acceptable, it's rich because the joke's on him. It's his $15-20.

On the other hand, if he is burning books that belong to a library, or that he has stolen from someone else, or that belong to an institution that he works for, I start to have a problem. Still, that problem has its own natural and logical consequences (e.g., he risks library fines or jail for theft.)

I'd similarly have a problem if he tries to make a claim for fire insurance for the destruction of his library.

Other than that, if your local jurisdiction does not generally forbid burning paper in an open fire on your property, then what he's doing is legal. Really stupid and wasteful, but legal, and therefore acceptable as far as I'm concerned. (My threshold is usually there - did the person commit a crime or not? What law was broken by whom and when, and what is the evidence?)

This pastor just wants attention for whatever reason pastors want attention. I'm guessing it has to do with poverty and humility, but I'm not theologian.

Posted by: james0tucson | September 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It is very unfortunate that Mr Jones was given a platform to speak on National TV about the Quran and failed to mention that the Quran not only promotes hatred but the systematic institution of it's hate filled policies world wide or death to us all.

9-11 was bad enough but since the election of Obama our Nation is being held hostage by the threats of Islam. The troops in Afganistan are not responsible for the situation we and they are in but the leaders of our Country certianly are.

Do they think we are going to win the hearts and minds of Muslems?

Words connot describe this stupidty.

Posted by: f2speed | September 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

muslim blows up and kills other muslims and muslim children...and not one will gather and protest....burn a book and they gather like a swarm of flies ready to murder.....go figure.

Posted by: JWx2 | September 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't burn the Koran.

and

Don't Build the Ground Zero Mosque.

Religious freedom gives those who plan these acts the RIGHT to do them, but they are BOTH WRONG!

Too bad Capehart isn't more consistent. Though, I am not surprised.

Posted by: MikesAmerica | September 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

He has the right to burn it.
Typical christian - burn what you cannot defeat.
Burn what you cannot understand.

Burning Books. THIS is what some whacked out christians are doing. Burning Books.

Gracious. Hey SkyFairy - bring on that dang rapture already and call your crazies back to you, wouldya.

Posted by: Greent | September 7, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Mikes America: You got it all mixed up. GroundZero Mosque is an issue if you believe all Muslims are terrorists or have something to do with 9/11.

Koran burning does nothing but sets relations back and potentially create additional danger for our troops in Afghanistan. Logic has a strange way of making things clear, thats if you follow it.

Posted by: Swerve10 | September 7, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

There are radical elements of any religion, everyone wants to believe that their way of believing is the way-You find similar messages and themes throughout different faiths. At the core we all believe in a higher power, and we should respect and try to understand those that are different-after all isn't that what Jesus would do?

Posted by: raganwalker | September 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Better than going out and buying it, people should organize an International Read The Koran day.

Get small groups together to read passages in public places. Maybe discuss how the passages relate to western cultural practices.

P.S. It would be great if this could be done without mentioning terrorism, extremism, Palestine or Israel at all, since these are polarizing issues. Instead it would be nice simply to get people together to appreciate our differences.

Posted by: ltownsend1 | September 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Speech at Dartmouth College (14 June 1953)
The best response by real Patriots to the "Reverand" Jones -- go out and buy a copy of the Koran or Quran, read it, and determine for yourself what you think it really says. You'll probably discover that like the Bible that Christians revere - it has uplifting but also sordid aspects, it inspires the most noble behavior but also condones actions many can't accept. But don't mistake "Reverand" Jones for a Christian - he is a hate filled fear monger who reads HIS Bible to cleave all the blessings unto himself, and all the damnations unto others.

Posted by: humbleandfree | September 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

It's wrong to burn the Qur'an. Please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/quran-key-to-world-peace/

Posted by: Nabihah | September 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I barely know where to start with this one.

OK first - DON'T BURN THE KORAN!

As a believer of Christianity, it would be MOST anti-Christian to do so.

Posted by: kban495 | September 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This "pastor" appears to think that he must counter hate with more hate. Exactly opposite of what Jesus Christ said repeatedly. Therefore this "pastor" and his followers are not Christians.

Posted by: kbachus7 | September 7, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I would bet there were at least two or three copies of the Quran in the world trade center when it burned to the ground. Hmm.... didn't think about that did you ???? These people look for anything to get all fluffed up about. Their violent ways say it all..there's no hiding that.

Posted by: lookingglass2 | September 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Cross placed in a jar of urine is considered art, worthy of tax dollar support.

Posted by: cjmoss12001 | September 7, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Cross placed in a jar of urine is considered art, worthy of tax dollars support

Posted by: cjmoss12001 | September 7, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Burn the Koran, yes Everyone in the USA should get one of these bad sh..t books that teach nothing but Killing, and BURN IT.
Burn the Koran,,, and Laugh
look what they did to many people on 9-11
Yes B U R N ...THE....Koran and piss on it

Posted by: conntaxman | September 7, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Islam is anathema to western civilization. Islam is death. I believe in western values of freedom and tolerance, but evil cannot be tolerated. I support the burning of this fraudulent document, and I would burn one myself except I am not about to buy one, and I wouldn't want to touch it.

Posted by: doctorfixit | September 7, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So much fuss over burning paper. The press is responsible for even carrying the story much less taking it world wide. It's not really a story. It's meaningless.

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

People like Terry Jones are as scary (in their thinking) as radical muslims. This country is full of knuckleheads. They are as intolerant, disrespectful, & uneducated as terrorists. Sure he has a right to burn the Koran, as much as I have a right to pee on the bible, but it's such a stupid idea. I'm sure they'll call for his head (ala S. Rushdie). These are the same whack jobs that killed folks over a freakin' (Danish) cartoon...stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: gmuer | September 7, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't think books should be burned as a protest against the ideas contained in them. So I would not burn a Koran.

BUT! A HUGE GIGANTIC BUT!!!!

Muslims who riot, burn American flags, and threaten to kill people who "insult" their prophet or holy book are also utterly wrong. Even more wrong than this Florida preacher.

People died over cartoons, people died for criticizing not just Islam, but for not belonging to the "right" sect of Islam.

When riots & protests happen over "nothing" events like this Quran burning, Islam paints itself as a religion of violent zealots who deserve no respect for their religion of anger, violence, and intolerance.

If you show no tolerance, and respond to mild slights with violence and threats, you deserve little tolerance in return.

The Muslims responding to this column would do better to question the behavior of their co-religionists.

Posted by: pilsener | September 7, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Burn books and blame one specific religion for all your problems.

Hitler would be so proud of this generation of Americans.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

How hypocritical of Liberals! They have no problems with so call "arts" with the Christian Cross in the urinal or movies such as "The Last Temptation of Christ". Now they screaming bloody murder about the burning of the Koran. Give me a break!

Posted by: davevu | September 8, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Sorry this is America right. Freedom of speech. They the Muslims burn our bibles and burn our flag here in the good old U.S.A. .Freedom of speech goes both ways, and if you all are in fear of them rioting, well then they are not the peaceful loving people that they claim and it will show how intolerant/ignorant people, they are for our freedoms.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | September 8, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Well I personally witnessed them grinding our flag into the ground. And also I witnessed our own people just look on with the oh well, freedom of speech right, attitude. So I expect no different response from them, because they are a peaceful religion right?? That's what they claim. So wait and see, How peaceful they really are. They preach hate of us here in the open burn our Bibles and flag and we have to show tolerance????? AHHHH double standard is exactly what this is. I belive this man that wants to burn the Koran is trying to show just how violent these people really are. Yes we have to show tolerance, but they don't have too??? Is downright wrong, Don't back down is what I say, if they can kill and pillage because someone burns a Koran here or make a cartoon in Denmark then they are not a peaceful people they are barbarians.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | September 8, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

burn the koran? yes, and the bible and the torah. let us rid ourselves of old stupid beliefs altogether. enough of lazy witchdoctors running dumb peoples lives. wake up! yes burn the koran and the bible and the torah. freedom? lets put a jesus church in mecca! see how much freedom they have in oil land. jim fenton

Posted by: freebutch1embarqmailcom | September 8, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

We could burn a bunch of books and launch holy wars against each other until nobody is left on the planet or maybe we could take rational action against extremist groups and have open religious dialogue between the moderates of each religion. If a Church, Mosque, Temple or Mormon space ship leader preaches violence against others take away their tax exempt status and treat them just like a neo-Nazi group meeting in Jim Bob’s basement.

Freedom of speech? Yes. Freedom of religion? Yes. Free from taxes? As long as you behave yourself and respect other Americans. Otherwise you can sit in your front yard and burn the Bible, Koran and American Flag until the cows come home but just realize you will be categorized as an idiot by the rest of the world just like all the other idiots burning flags, Bibles and Korans.

The odds of Muslim extremists converting the world to their religious views are pretty bad. The odds that the Chinese will have complete economic control over the world by the time that happens? Much better.

So instead of a debate on religion which will never be resolved in any of our lifetimes why don’t we re-focus on the US economy and get Muslims, Christians and all other religious believers back to work so they have less time to think about and do stupid things.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

I am opposed to burning copies of the Quran or any other holy book. Period! No equivocation! However, I am getting sick and tired of all the Muslims saying Christians should go buy books about the Quran and go to a mosque and have an imam explain it to them. When was the last time you saw Muslims trooping over to Christian houses of worship and sitting at the feet of a minister to learn about the Christian Bible?

Posted by: usr105 | September 8, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh please, please. Burn anything but the beloved Quran, Koran, Qur'an.
Burn the Bible, burn the American flag, burn Ej Dionne's bra, but please not that sacred holy book.

Posted by: ej_smug | September 8, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Buy an I-pad, download the Koran, and then DELETE it.

A digital book-burning, if you will.

Let's see the Muslims get up in arms over THAT one.

Posted by: jpmenavich | September 8, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

usr105.

Last Sunday for me. We had a group of muslims come to our bible group (keep in mind I live in a muslim country) and discuss the prophet Jesus. They probably knew more about the bible than 99% of the Christians I know back in the US.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Let's see the Muslims get up in arms over THAT one.

Posted by: jpmenavich | September 8, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Besides the Muslims you see in a few news reports who are angry about it do you really think over 1 billion people around the world are "getting up in arms" over some idiots in Florida burning the Koran?

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I figure of all you liberals are OK with all the slams Christians have endured (Urine on the Crucifix comes to mind)and call such acts art. I figure you can endure a little bar-b-que of some fatwas. Sorry panty-wetters, this is an expression of his 1st amendment rights and so long as the book isn't stolen, I say fire it up dude! Muslims, please grow some thicker skin like they tell us Christians to do.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | September 8, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

But for all the death threats our reverend has allegedly received, he shows little sign of putting out the bonfire that has surely caught the attention of those entities who would stop to show the Reverend that two can play with ‘no return upon sale’ match sticks. Which begs the question does Reverend Jones really just want to end up as a martyr?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/florida-church-to-hold-international-koran-burning-festival-on-911/

Posted by: carouser | September 8, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

But for all the death threats our reverend has allegedly received, he shows little sign of putting out the bonfire that has surely caught the attention of those entities who would stop to show the Reverend that two can play with ‘no return upon sale’ match sticks. Which begs the question does Reverend Jones really just want to end up as a martyr?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/florida-church-to-hold-international-koran-burning-festival-on-911/

Posted by: carouser | September 8, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

But for all the death threats our reverend has allegedly received, he shows little sign of putting out the bonfire that has surely caught the attention of those entities who would stop to show the Reverend that two can play with ‘no return upon sale’ match sticks. Which begs the question does Reverend Jones really just want to end up as a martyr?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/florida-church-to-hold-international-koran-burning-festival-on-911/

Posted by: carouser | September 8, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

But for all the death threats our reverend has allegedly received, he shows little sign of putting out the bonfire that has surely caught the attention of those entities who would stop to show the Reverend that two can play with ‘no return upon sale’ match sticks. Which begs the question does Reverend Jones really just want to end up as a martyr?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/09/florida-church-to-hold-international-koran-burning-festival-on-911/

Posted by: carouser | September 8, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Let's all start our day with a reading from the Koran, that holy book of the "religion of peace":

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" (5:33)

Ah, just gives you the warm fuzzies inside, doesn't it?

Posted by: Hk45 | September 8, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I think it's funny that many of the posts defending this act go something like this: Well the Muslims burn the flag, so we should be able to burn the Qu'ran. That's great logic, right on the level of a third or fourth grader.

Burning a book is NEVER a good thing.

Islam is no more or less violent than Christianity.

Posted by: amartin4 | September 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

any resulting american blood will be on his hands. good luck living with that, padre.

Posted by: mcsquared65 | September 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

any resulting american blood will be on his hands. good luck living with that, padre.

Posted by: mcsquared65 | September 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

HK45

Try this link

http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/bible_quran.html

number of cruel and violent passages in the bible - 842
number of cruel and violent passages in the Koran - 333

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 8, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

mcsquared65 wrote: "any resulting american blood will be on his hands. good luck living with that, padre."

WRONG! Any resulting American blood will be on the hands of those who shed it. Fortunately, only 1 of the following list were successful:

Nov 2009 - Fort Hood massacre, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan;

Dec 2009 - Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab;

May 2010 - Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad

Posted by: pilsener | September 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

If they want to burn the Koran, who cares? Is their freedom of expression not covered by the 1st Amendment? As if this would have any effect on how the Muslim world views us. News flash: they hate us. They hate our culture, our way of life and they want nothing to do with it. The burning of some Korans won't change anything, just as not burning Korans won't change anything.

Posted by: LouisianaDoug | September 8, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

If they want to burn the Koran, who cares? Is their freedom of expression not covered by the 1st Amendment? As if this would have any effect on how the Muslim world views us. News flash: they hate us. They hate our culture, our way of life and they want nothing to do with it. The burning of some Korans won't change anything, just as not burning Korans won't change anything.

Posted by: LouisianaDoug | September 8, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I think that it is a great idea for all literate Americans to purchase or obtain a copy of the Qur'an. Let us lift the shades of ignorance from our eyes and gaze upon the beauties of the eternal word of God! Then, and only then, will Americans have an accurate idea of what is actually in this book. Perhaps it is gibberish; perhaps it is beautiful Arab, unmatched for its eloquence. Perhaps some will realize that burning is its best fate, or at least that its loss will represent no loss to contemporary civilization. Arberry's translation, by the way, is the best.

Posted by: katibdavid | September 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Alright, the guy's an idiot. So what. Everybody wants to be in someone's face today. This columnist and the Ground Zero mosque builders are great examples of that. "I'm a righteous victim so I can be an ass". Get ready for hard times people.

Posted by: independent123 | September 8, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

you can only burn the (paper and ink) quran but never the revelation,

long time ago much smarter *jones* tryied to burn the quran by writeing a counter book to defeat the quran ,
they failed misreably.

burning a copy or even ten thousands million copy of the quran only demonstrate theological and ideological imaturity and impotence,another plus to delusionism .

america is fading theologicaly and ideologicaly , time is ripe for interfaith and intervalues.

quran is in the bussiness of dialogueing and *CIVILOGUEING* for more than 1431 years,soooo gush it all and ooz it all at the table of dialogueing ,cash no plastic.

Posted by: mono1 | September 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The reactions to this news item are mind-boggling, ranging from disapproval to "go out and buy the Koran" to "burn it" and spread your filth on it. The issue is simple. A fanatical exhibitionists plans an action that will put our soldiers ln greater jeopardy than they are already. And some of the respondents here cheer him on. By adding vulgarity and vitriol to their condoning of hatred, they sink to lower depths.

I am heartened by the posts that condemn Jones's proposed koran burning. On the other hand, as an American who believes in what this country stands for,I am embarrassed and offended by the crudeness and mindlessness of the expressions of hatred for a religion the posters they probably know little or nothing about.


Terrorism is born of hatred, ignorance, and arrogance. We are not the only ones on a planet inhabited by myriad cultures, religious beliefs, national or ethnic or other loyalties. But we all share the same humanity. Violence and hatred bring us all down. In this instance, if Jones carries out his fanatical act, America loses. We are all diminished by this small man; worse, our brave men and women will be placed in greater danger, as General Petraeus warned.

Posted by: castleb | September 8, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The FBI should be instructed to arrest every member of this Koran-burning organization; their action is a blatant hate crime that threatens our national security at home and abroad, immediately and in the future.

Posted by: djphilbin | September 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

If you disagree with "International Burn the Koran Day", sign the (peaceful) petition on the below site:

www.pleasedontburnthekoran.com

And post this link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you are so inclined.

Posted by: dobbinssabrina | September 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

You can't talk sense into the Devil and his minions.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | September 8, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but why all the hooha over a small, insignificant church in Florida burning Korans? OK, so its a Muslim "holy book". Well, la de dah. This American Nation was not repeat not founded on Muslim identity or beliefs to begin with. The 'freedom of religion' concept in the Constitution had its origins in European history and the Reformation, the reasons for it. Remember, in our 'good old days' immjigrants assimilated. Today they find legal justifications not to.

Posted by: IowaLad | September 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

HK45
Try this link
http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/bible_quran.html
number of cruel and violent passages in the bible - 842
number of cruel and violent passages in the Koran - 333
Posted by: Southeasterner

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When Christians start flying hijacked planes into buildings, then I'll start worrying about the text of the Bible.

The point is, Christianity has already gone through its violent catharsis and has learned to co-exist with the rest of the world.

Islam has been going through its catharsis since its founding, with no signs of ending.

Yes, the Old Testament instructs people to stone sinners. But nobody does it anymore.

The Koran instructs Muslims to kill nonbelievers. This is still being done, to say nothing of what they do to women and homosexuals.

Posted by: Hk45 | September 8, 2010 2:13 PM | 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’s suffering 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 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The Buddha called-- he'd like his Bamiyan monuments back.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Odd, most liberals think it is ok if they burn the bible or the Dhammapada (Sayings of the Buddha). Yet this man wants to burn the Koran and the world goes up in flames.

We are america, teach the world we dont agree but he has the right. JUST AS EVERY MAN on the world has the right (I mean person not Man as in male).

We try to protect muslims from this? Why? They do not even allow bibles into a lot of muslim conutries, if they demand respect for what they believe then they should also respect others.

That is what we need to defend, not the burning but the RIGHT to burn them.

Posted by: tinch | September 8, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

He has the right to burn the qu'ran...Id like to send him a copy whats the address?

Posted by: rman420 | September 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Estamos retrocediendo, casi a la Edad Media, deberíamos repensar las consecuencias que traen las guerras religiosas. La biblia católica o la Torah judía o el Corán musulmán no son violentos en su esencia, sino que violento los convierten aquellos que son violentos. Nuestro planeta se puede convertir en un infierno si es que además de todos los problemas de guerras que tenemos a lo largo y a lo ancho de su territorio, le agregamos guerras de origen religioso. Creo que hay que reflexionar y tratar de ser mejores seres humanos.

Posted by: hectorrmachado | September 8, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I do not advocate burning books nor do I plan on burning a quran. That being said, these people do have the right to do as they wish. What I have a problem with is the mentality of... "don't burn the quran it will upset Muslims with no self control. The fact that Muslims. Muslims are once again proving the point of the Anti-Islamics. The death threats are a perfect example.
Every religion, race and organizations has lunatics and no, we shouldn't judge the entire organization by those few. I have no deep hatred for a muslim. It is islam that I have a problem with.
I used to believe that Islam was a religion like any other and a few extremist gave it a bad name. Now, the more I see and learn of Islam, the greater my discuss for this "religion of peace". Lets be honest, Islam contains some really sick twisted doctrine!! The Hadiths actually make me feel uneasy reading them. What other religion could the burning of a book cause people to blow themselves up?
If the book burning insites violence from muslims it will prove that these people are not mentally capable of being part of society!
I am sure this post will be looked upon negatively by some. Sorry but everytime I ask someone to prove Muhammed wasn't a pervert all i get is off subject giberish or some misquotes from the bible. Not a single muslim i have asked can have a true conversation about what I consider the evils of Islam.
Just a note to Islamist. Some of the response over seas to the planned burning have not help your cause and have only strenghtend the argument of Islam being violent. No "non- believer" that sees Islam as violent religion with a perverted pedophile for a profit and heavenly rewards that are based on sexual perversion will ever change their mind until muslim actions prove them wrong. The acceptance of Al-Taqiyya does not give your words much merit either!

Posted by: dan1271 | September 9, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Why should Americans & Christians allow the US flag to be burned and fight so hard not to allow the Quran burning? The extremist Muslims are waging a Holy War against Christianity and the American way of life. Sure we want to have tolerance and except different religions and opinions into this nation but does this mean we are willing to give up our way of life to allow a violent minority to dictate what is acceptable and not acceptable in our country? They do not offer Christian the same latitude in there strong holds yet they want to use our laws against us. We are not winning this war we are losing miserably and it has nothing to do with our troops deployed in the middle east, thats not even the real war. Thats the side show put on by these Muslim extremists. The real war is being waged right here in the USA, and the weapon they are using is our laws our desires to be politically correct and tolerant of other religious views. The building of the mosque at ground zero is a slap in the face to America and a war trophy to the extremist and terrorists.

Wake up America this is a war and the only way we can win is to get back to our American Christian values and not allow these continued insults.

It is not us that should be compliant it is they who need to be compliant with our laws and way of life.

We cannot continue to yield to them. What ever happed to the saying we won't give into terrorism. Reality check thats exactly what we are doing. Stop lying to your selves claiming this is not a Holy War it is and its been raging for a long time now. How can we stand a chance at winning the war if we don't even accept the fact we are at war?

Posted by: Citizen35 | September 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

All decent Americans should go out and steal a copy of the Holy Quran. and never ever burn it. What you should do instead is wipe your ass with it. That would be a much better use of the crap in the rag those muzzies think is the truth. One copy should last for about 40 or 50 craps.

Posted by: ruger1956 | September 10, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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