A Florida church is vowing to burn every Quran that it can find on the 9thÂ anniversary of Sept. 11. Dove World Outreach Center, in Gainesville, Florida, is planning to make Sept. 11 'Burn Quran Day', despite concerns by the U.S. military that the burning of the Quran will only incite violence and put American's more at risk.
The city of GainesvilleÂ has not given the chruch permission to burn, but the church said it will do so anyway. The pastor, Terry Jones, who wrote a book titled "Islam is of the Devil", is using the burning as a message to wake Christians up and 'stand up' to what he calls a monolithic Muslim threat. A Facebook page set up for the event has gotten thousands of 'likes' and people from all over are mailing him Quran's to burn.
Burn Quran Day is already stirring up emotions in the Muslim world.Â The topÂ Sunni university, Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt,Â is condemningÂ the eventÂ as "stirring up hate and discrimination."
The US military is also quite worried about Pastor Jones' idea to burn the Quran.
Gen. David Petraeus has been speaking out on the issue recently. HeÂ says thatÂ the plan to burn the Quran couldÂ endanger U.S. troops and the safety of Americans worldwide. He alsoÂ says images of the Quran burning would be used by Islamic extremists to inflame and incite violence.
Of course, Pastor Jones is rebuffing the General's warnings. Jones told the Associated Press that he agrees his plan to burn the Quran could provoke violent opposition However, JonesÂ went on to say thatÂ America should quit apologizing for its actions and bowing to kings.
Pastor Jones is absolutely insane to host this event. Yes, Americans are angry with the Muslim religion, but does it mean we have to hate all Muslims and purposely disgrace their holy book? It would be the same thing as a group of Muslim's who hate Christian's because we've bombed their cities and killed civilians, getting together and creating a bonfire with the Bible. Can you imagine the outrage that would cause? Just because some renegade Muslim's have done a terrible thing, it doesn't mean that every single Muslim is a horrible person and should be subject to discrimination and hate.
As a Pastor and a supposed believer in Jesus, Jones should know better than to create an event that is spreading hate and fear of another religion. He should be loving his neighbor, no matter what their race or religion, not creating unneeded animosity towards them. If Pastor Jones and his congregation have any common sense and humanity, then they will cancel this event at once. If he doesn't, then he may just be throwingÂ gasoline into the already burningÂ fire of a Holy War, whichÂ willÂ in turn, engulf everything and put Americans around the world at greater risk.Â Â
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