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Church Promotes “International Burn a Koran Day”: Is this Christ-like?

Someone Burning the Quran

Later this year, on September 11, a Florida-based Church will conduct an “International Burn a Koran Day.” Why? According to the website:

In Islam, many actions that we consider to be crimes are encouraged, condoned or sheltered under Islamic teaching and practice, though. Another reason to burn a Koran.

The ceremony is intended to honor the victims of 9/11 (some of which were Muslims, incidentally) and to stand against Islam. The Church is famous for having signs and T-shirts saying, “Islam is of the Devil.” According to the Church:

We are a New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church that believes in the whole Bible and that we are to act in response to the word of God in order to change the times we are living in. Those times have gotten further and futher away from God; full of deception like abortion and same sex marriages.

When asked why they put up such as sign, they reply:

To expose Islam for what it is. It is a violent and oppressive religion that is trying to mascarade itself as a religion of peace, seeking to deceive our society.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups:

As of this writing, nearly 500 people have clicked “like” on the event’s webpage, which also features Photoshop images premised on the nuking of Iran and Mecca. One of these shows Mecca’s Grand Mosque full of pilgrims, with the simple tag: “Nuke It.”

At least some of the page’s supporters seem to have learned much of what they know about Islam from Fox News’ distortive hyping and conspiracy mongering regarding the case of a conservative mole at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). A person who identified herself as Fran Ingram, for example, posted a video of Fox News’ coverage of the CAIR story with the title, “No Moderate Muslims.”

This is the same church that has planned a “No Homo Mayor” protest on August 2. According to the Church’s website:

What is homosexuality? Detestable, indecent, wicked, offensive, perverted, shameful, unnatural, degrading, impure, futile, foolish, godless, dishonorable, a lie.

So, one really shouldn’t be surprised that such hate would come out of this church.

But…this planned “Burn a Koran” day is eerily reminiscent of another spate of book burnings…

Why, none other than the Nazi book burnings in the 1930s.

Crowds gather at Berlin's Opernplatz for the burning of books deemed "un-German." Berlin, Germany, May 10, 1933.

It seems that this church is hell-bent on seeing Islam as its enemy, judging by the many parts of its website devoted to promoting Islam as being “part of the Devil.” Now, I don’t see Islam and Christianity as being enemies of one another, quite the contrary. But, this church does.

Yet, if this Church is, according to their website, a “New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church that believes in the whole Bible and that we are to act in response to the word of God in order to change the times we are living in,” then I wonder why they have neglected this fundamental teaching of Jesus:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:43-45)

Or, is this passage not part of the “whole Bible” in which they believe? Are they really followers of Christ?

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  • http://buddymarks.com/4/bookmarks.php?id=new46york6718ce gawker christine o donnell

    If this is not Christian love at its best, then i don’t know what love is , aren’t they crazy about God , just plain old crazy ?
    The church is located in the Mile Run subdivision of Spring Forest , in Gainesville, Florida. So if you ever drive through these parts don’t forget… to drive away as fast as possible from these xenophobic mogwams. You all come back now, not.

  • real american

    I spent the day watching the discovery channel. The people jumping from the 80th floor to their deaths. The shots of muslims celebrating in the streets. Wake up you liberal idiots. The so called “religion of peace” wants you dead. War brings peace. We can pretend that peace talks in the middle east and diplomatic solutions can bring resolution to conflict. We have the right to protect our country. If carpet bombing a sand-filled waste land brings peace, than bombs away. To build a mosque at the site of the largest terrorist attack in history is to spit in the face all that gave their lives to keep this country free. Lets kill 3000 innocent people at mecca and build a church

  • Letsgetreal

    I say Ground Zero is too sacred to have ANY religion represented!!!

  • Aizal

    … burn a Koran day??????…. simplicity… have you thought of humanity feelings?….. religion is many but humanity is as one… Burning the holy book doesn’t make sense… do not create the world to hate Islam….. Christ never burn Koran…. I believe you have let urself to insanity….. an image non will ever follow……

    think again…
    think Karma…..
    do not blame unintensionally and blindly…..
    seek ur God forgiveness……

  • jj

    Burn the bible and quran!!! Enough of these backwards barbaric fairytales!! This rubbish is pulling the world into war for the 20th time…

  • http://yahoo.com kc

    ( as a reply for Art Says on August 1st, 2010 at 9:49am that)
    “It is totally wasteful to burn the Muslims Bible. I asked malikspeaks where the best place was to purchase the Koran. Wal-Mart has gone up on the price of toilet paper!

    then the bible is the cheapest toilet paper in the market today

  • Wali

    Oh – I misread this site. I thought it was about ‘International Burn a KOREAN Day’!
    Never mind. I’m sure this wonderful example of Christian teaching could find quite a few ‘living Korans’ (i.e. people who have memorised the Koran) to burn. It would be so exciting, wouldn’t it?

    In fact, I’d put myself forward as a candidate if I could. It would be kinda cute to be immemorialised as a kind of muslim Joan of Arc…

  • zeeshan ahmad

    i would like to say that the only sentence “greatest fool of the world ever since”

  • TYO

    No it is not Christ like, and many Christians have openly denounced it. And just as you do not like a tiny minority of extremists to affect how the peaceful majority are seen, you should probably not do the same to them.

  • http://eyeonapologetics.com/blog/ Glenn Hendrickson

    If anyone is interested, I’m a Christian and disagree with Pastor Jones’ Burn A Koran Day. My thoughts are here:

    http://eyeonapologetics.com/blog/2010/08/02/burn-a-koran-day-should-christians-participate/

    Glenn Hendrickson

  • jock

    I just want to thank SamLee, Art, Frederica and Philip for their comments. Its good to know that the majority of people don’t subscribe to the pathetic views of people like lawrence and those organizing this idiotic event

    LONG LIVE PEACE!

  • Daniel

    See http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/julyweb-only/40.51.0.html

    Much of the Evangelical leadership has denounced this.

  • http://drmauroof.blogspot.com Dr Mauroof

    Though the actions of these loonies in no way reflect the behavior of the average Christian or the American this kind of behavior send a bad signal and ads to the bitterness of Muslims all over the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142891872396094&v=wall&ref=ts Philip777

    Just a way to show all Christians don’t think that way. I’m sure the
    vast majority of Christians in the world, and even in America, are
    against this horrendous and completely anti-Christian initiative, we
    can prove it if this group reaches more members than the International
    Burn a Koran Day page. Please join.

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=142891872396094&ref=ts

    We won’t burn a Koran, because Jesus wouldn’t have done it !!!

    Muslims are also welcome, if they want to discuss in a respectful way
    (but all agressive/disrespectful posts will be deleted, no matter who
    posts them).

    My way to spell Islam : I Sincerely Love All Muslims

    Regards,

    Philip from France

  • Frederica Venn

    Interesting comments, relieved that I am not the only one that shudders and cries over the disgusting excesses of some of these, so called Christians. The most upsetting thing I can remember being told by a fervent similar style ‘believer’ was that I was not ‘a real christian’ (being a British Anglican) so I better avoid that judgement! But as far as human rights and neighbourly love go, these people terrify me. They are taking over and perverting so much of the message of Love that we have been given, taking us back to an age of captital punishment (allowed in much of the USA) homophobia and suppression of women, I wonder what is next. Slavery? It is in the Bible! If God did not want us to move on, he wouldn’t have created us with the means to do so. There will always be bad people using religion or spiritual doctrine for power and pressure, I have witnessed (and photographed) Buddhist priests in Sri Lanka demostrating for the annihilation (‘kill them all’) of Tamils and any relevant peacemakers as well, despite popular idea that that Way is a peaceful alternative to us of The Book. Islamic phobia is a very dangerous idea, which here in Europe seems to have mysteriously intensified with the demise of the ‘Cold War’ and in the UK our long terrifying terrorist threat from the IRA. (whom many Americans supported) It seems to me that technology and the media are breeding new plagues to challenge us. Peace be with us all.

  • http://www.samlee.org Samuel Lee

    As a Pastor and Human Rights Activist, I am deeply ashamed of what these men are doing in the name of Christianity and Jesus… Burning Koran… really sad

  • http://Yahoo Art

    It is totally wasteful to burn the Muslims Bible. I asked malikspeaks where the best place was to purchase the Koran. Wal-Mart has gone up on the price of toilet paper!

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  • jojo

    This Christian teacher, leader and preacher of his Christian community is not doing anything new or different. Colonialism, discrimination, manipulation, poverty, divide and conquer, covert operations, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and many other lies, such as Saddam has cologne, etc… and Christianity are inseparable.
    [Math. 10:34]
    “Do not think that I have come to make peace on earth? I HAVE NOT COME TO BRING
    PEACE, BUT A SWORD.
    “For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her
    mother.”[said Jesus]!
    [Luk. 12:49]
    ‘I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH, AND WOULD THAT IT WERE ALREADY KINDLED..
    DO YOU THINK THAT I HAVE COME TO GIVE PEACE ON EARTH? NO, I TELL YOU, BUT
    RATHER DIVISION; for from henceforth in one house there will be five divided,
    three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against
    son, and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against her
    mother. [said Jesus]!
    [Luk. 19:27]
    For these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, BRING THEM
    HERE AND SLAY THEM BEFORE ME.
    [Luk. 14:26]
    If any one comes to me and does not HATE his own father and mother and wife,
    and children, and brothers and sisters yes and even his own life: he cannot be
    my disciple.

  • http://www.inspiredbymuhammad.com Inspired By Muhammad

    Loonwatch and other activists here, please read this and take note of the Christian and Jewish far right anti peace charities, like the Church in the article above, they have a similar agenda, smearing Islam and blaming the Muslim charities of being fronts for Hamas to steal more land to hasten the Armeggedon,

    Maybe follow the tax links? and expose them?

    Those Fraudulent Zionist Charities

    Thursday, 08 July 2010 12:23

    By Lawrence Davidson
    mwcnews.net/focus/editorial/3678-zionist-charities.html

    These two groups might seem to make strange bedfellows, but they are at least temporary allies. The NYT story makes this clear in its listing of just some of the estimated 40 charity cheating organizations dealing with Israel. The Tennessee charity called Ha Yovel, is really a Christian outfit “helping Jews establish permanence in the Israeli occupied territories.” The Christian friends of Israeli Communities, Americans for a Safe Israel (Jewish), Friends of Zo Artzeinu (Jewish), Capital Athletic Foundation (Jewish), Amitz Rescue and Security (? who knows), The Central Fund for Israel (Jewish), the Irving Moskowitz family, the owners of Hagen-Dazs ice cream, Jack Abramoff, the very Christian John Hagee, ad nauseam. And what do they all have in common? None of them have any problem breaking the laws of their own country. It is easy for them because they all believe they are doing God’s work. And God’s commands, even when read in quite questionable translations, stand above any human law.

    2. This violation of the laws regulating charitable giving has been going on for a long time. Back in the 1940s American donors were financing the terrorist activities of the Irgun. Today, according to the NYT, tax breaks for these sorts of activities “remain largely unchallenged and unexamined by the American government.” When the paper contacted the Internal Revenue Service about this, the agency “declined to discuss donations for West Bank settlements.” A State Department spokesman, speaking anonymously, said “it’s a problem. It’s unhelpful to the efforts that we’re trying to make.” The response I find the most revealing is the one by Daniel C. Kurtzer who was American ambassador to Israel between 2001 and 2005. He told the NYT, that this activity always “drove us [the diplomats] crazy.” However, it was a “politically delicate” issue, “a thing you didn’t talk about in polite company.” Now what can that possibly mean? Just how “polite” was the company Kurtzer hung about with if criminal activity was an unmentionable subject? The NYT piece does not give us an answer.

    I will fill in this very large blank. The reason this business has gone on for years, the reason it is unmentionable in “polite society,” the reason the IRS is silent on the issue, the reason the State Department spokesman remains anonymous, and the reason why the whole thing is “politically delicate” is because of the financial and political power of the Zionist and Christian Zionist lobbies. They have proven themselves very adept at ruining political careers, making newspaper editors eat their words, and successfully backing candidates for office who will jump to their tune. Most in Congress are afraid of these people. The bureaucrats running both political parties are afraid of them. The media moguls are either afraid or true believers. And the vast majority of the voting public either sees the world through media and government smokescreens compatible with the point of view of these criminals, or they just don’t care. In other words, lobbies are central to our political system and these particular lobbies try very hard to run our foreign policy in the Middle East. Most of the time they succeed.

  • majid

    it is a good done, we are with you

  • Gustavo Rodriguez

    If this is not Christian love at its best, then i don’t know what love is , aren’t they crazy about God , just plain old crazy ?
    The church is located in the Mile Run subdivision of Spring Forest , in Gainesville, Florida. So if you ever drive through these parts don’t forget… to drive away as fast as possible from these xenophobic mogwams. You all come back now, not.

  • jock

    @eslaporte:

    You’re right it isn’t. HAve you noticed that those who scream the loudest about any lofty ideology/ ideals are the ones least likely to exhibit it themselves….?

    Cheers

  • http://www.yellow-stars.com eslaporte

    This certianly is not what Christ actually taught … but what makes these people any different than the Taliban?

  • http://egyptian-innuendos.blogspot.com/ Bedouin

    @ Justin : it was kind of funny. denotes some sort of idiocy, lack of taste, or a mental impairment.

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