UnNews:Florida church plans Koran burning on 9/11 anniversary
21 August 2010
MIAMI, Florida -- An area church said it plans to publicly burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, prompting threats from extreme Islamic groups and warnings the move will trigger a rise in hate crimes.
The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Florida said on its Facebook page it will hold an "International Burn a Koran Day" on September 11, asking other religious groups to join in standing "against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!"
Reactions to the Koran burning announcement were swift.
Members of the Al-Falluja jihadist forum have threatened to "spill rivers of your (American) blood" and "a war the likes of which you have never seen before."
On the other hand, mainstream Muslim groups praised the move, and plan to echo the sentiments promoted by the Gainesville church by holding a simultaneous "International Burn A Holy Book Of A Faith Other Than Islam Day" in Muslim-friendly cities in Wisconsin and North Carolina.
The British National Party also applauded the move, although their enthusiasm was numbed somewhat by the news that the event was not actually the 'Burn a Korean' day.
Mullah Magilla bin Laude of the "International Muslim Brotherhood For Peace And Fellowship Among All Men" told UnNews, "This Pastor Terry Jones, formerly of Monty Python, he is a a brilliant man. We feel that such burnings will be cathartic and spiritually invigorating, and can only help to promote peace and love among our various communities here in the United States.".
"Unfortunately in (Florida) and nationwide, Islamophobia are actually on the rise," Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesman Ramsey Kilic told UnNews.
"I'm more afraid of those who have anti-Muslim sentiments and may think this is a legitimate action and may want to attack a mosque or attack a Muslim on the street," he added.
However, Kilic said, "we are not taking any action to avoid this... we don't want to give attention to this, because that's what they want."
Besides the Koran burning ceremony, the Dove World Outreach Center also plans an anti-homosexual event October 2 outside Gainesville's City Hall. The "No Homo Mayor Protest" targets the city's first openly gay mayor, Craig Lowe.
The Rainbow Coalition For The Eradication Of The Dove World Outreach Center has replied in kind, promising that the properties of pastor Jones and his organization shall be "a pile of smoldering ash before the sun sets".
The website also has for sale "Islam is of The Devil", "The mayor has no gag reflex" and "Stop the influx of Muslim terror babies" T-shirts and books by pastor Jones.
There are a vocal group denouncing Terry Jones on the basis of his personal history. "Not only is Mr. Jones dead, but when alive, he was an admitted member of the Monty Python cult, and continues to be lampooner of Christianity on the Travel Channel. I think we can hardly trust the motivations of such a man."
- Anon "Florida Church plans Koran burning for 9/11 anniversary" Agence France-Presse, July 31, 2010