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Quran Burning Could Endanger US Troops

A Florida pastor’s plan to hold a public burning of Qurans to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has set off angry protests from Afghanistan to Indonesia, and drawn a formal response from the U.S. Embassy condemning the plan.

According to a story by David Knowles for AOL News, now the book burning has another high-profile foe. It’s Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of American forces fighting in that country.

“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” AOL News said Petraeus told The Wall Street Journal. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”

AOL News reported that Terry Jones, the pastor at Dove World Outreach Center, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that his church has declared Sept. 11 as “International Burn a Quran Day” (www.doveworld.org/blog/ten-reasons-to-burn-a-koran).

He added that he hoped the burning of the Muslim religion’s holy text “will be as it is intended, as a warning.”

AOL News commented that the proposed actions of Jones’ church, which counts just 50 members in its congregation, should reverberate so loudly across the world is itself a telling sign of tensions between the West and the Muslim world. That’s in addition to what some see as a growing distrust of Islam in the United States.

AOL News said from the controversy surrounding the so-called “ground zero mosque” in lower Manhattan, to the suspected arson at the construction site of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks comes as Americans engage in a vigorous debate over the role of Islam in the future of the nation.

AOL News said while Gen. Petraeus’ fears that “Burn a Quran” day will lead to violence against U.S. forces in Afghanistan and around the world, police in Gainesville are also preparing for possible violence in Florida as a result of the church’s protest.

For more information about hostility to the church’s planned Quran burning, go to http://voiceofthecopts.org/en/news/afghans_protest_us_church_s_plans_to_torch_koran.html

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  1. markjuliansmith

    September 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Those who failed to survive the Nazi ideology would find it rather an obscenity to utilize Nazi actions to condemn the burning of the Quran. On considering both the Quran and Mein Kampf I am sure they would have no reticence in burning both together for exactly the same reasons.

    I challenge those who believe the Quran is simply an innocuous religious book being taken out of context and therefore sacrosanct to get a copy of the Quran and Mein Kampf make two columns as you read through both write down the derogatory notions against other. Notice any similarities? Note the one which outstrips the other regards the degree of vitriol against other. What comparative justice is metered out to women as opposed men?

    The Quran was written by men for men trapped in a seventh century misogynistic tribal society. Where they want to burn other some of us simply are pointing out whatever good is in the text is far outweighed by the grievous harm the text generates against other and should be changed. Change the text and the world of humanity can at least get rid of one source of subjugation and unjustified violence against other. What I am asking is to dismantle the text where it promotes the vilification of other not the people who actually believe this guff.

    What type of proof of this do you want? It is in the shattered lives and dreams of not only non-adherents but adherents as well because they do not ‘measure up’ from the start of this insanity in the seventh century with Mohammads own hands steeped in the blood of those who even made a joke about him.

    To say there are peaceful Muslims yes there are but with such a text as history and current circumstance shows even in our own peaceful Australia you cannot have one without the other. Why were those Australians convicted of terrorism – where did the text come from to support their Jihad – straight from the Quran. Did they show any remorse?

    If you are a Muslim follow the Quran text explicitly, as you will see when you read it you automatically become a despiser of other and grievous harm is not a word you will find infrequently used nor do we find in reality a lack of evidence supporting the above.

    Be it secular or religious text and it promotes violence it must be publically condemned. Yes burning books is a bit over the top but if it brings attention to the violent textual content against other which is the direct cause of Muslim violence and leads to a change in the text it will be worth it in the long run.

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