Florida church plans to burn copy of Koran

Dean E. writes:

Some dinky Christian church in Florida is cooking up a storm by promising to burn a Koran this Saturday. The church has apparently put up this facebook page where they write:

On September 11th, 2010, from 6pm—9pm, we will burn the Koran on the property of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!

And that has the religion of peace up in arms, naturally, with protests in Afghanistan and Indonesia. Now General Petraeus has weighed in, saying, “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort. 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.”

Imagine that—one man burning a Koran in Florida can cause significant problems everywhere in the world that we are involved with the Islamic community. That’s a pretty rickety foundation under our “Islamic engagement.” I’ve got to hand it to that church for having the guts to say it straight-up: “to stand against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!” No pussy-footing around, like someone else’s 9/11 rally we’ve been discussing here lately. I can’t imagine the liberal-powers-that-be will allow that guy to burn the Koran, however. They’ll find some way to stop him. Their professed fastidiousness for the Constitution, as regards the Ground Zero mosque, will mysteriously vanish regarding this Florida church.

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Ben W. writes:

According to Petraeus, burning the Koran in Florida will endanger troops in Afghanistan. Aren’t we in a war in Afghanistan which by definition puts the troops in danger every moment of every day? Are the soldiers not in a war zone which by definition is an endangering territory? And this man is a general? Of what?

September 7

Madeline Brooks writes:

When Muslims criticize each other for burning American and Israeli flags, I’ll criticize Pastor Terry Jones for burning the Koran. When more Muslims speak out against burning churches and temples and human beings, I’ll speak out against burning a book. But right now, burning the Koran is a great symbol of defiance against Muslim intimidation and intended domination. It cheers me up even as I realize that it is very politically incorrect. It’s just my feeling, which I’m still entitled to express.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 06, 2010 10:49 PM | Send

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