Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, under the leadership of pastor Terry Jones, will be observing an ‘International Burn a Quran Day’ in honour of victims of the Sep 11, 2001 attack.
The church has invited all to join the quran burning which will be held at its premises from 6 pm to 9 pm on Sep 11, 2010.
“We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times,” church pastor Terry Jones had told in his interview to CNN.
Terry Jones insisted he would go ahead with his plans, despite criticism from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, the White House and the State Department, as well as a host of religious leaders.
Jones, who is known for posting signs proclaiming that Islam is the devil’s religion, says the Constitution gives him the right to publicly set fire to the book that Muslims consider the word of God. He said lawyers have told him his right to burn Qurans is protected by the First Amendment, with or without the city’s permission.
The same would hold true, he said, if Muslims wanted to burn Bibles in the front yard of a mosque.
“Of course, I would not like it,” Jones said. But “I definitely would not threaten to kill them, as we have been threatened.”
Amid the heated debate over a Florida church’s plan to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the pastor’s right to do so.
Condemnations are coming in front from American government but they are doing nothing to stop this evil deed of Jone who deliberately wants’ to hurt the Muslim’s sentiments but in return he will get nothing. From such an evil deeds he cannot harm Islam and the holy book Quran. Islam will remain always and God will protect the holy book of Muslims the only thing he will get from it is hatred and violence in the world. It is very unfortunate to see such events being planned in a country which considers it to be the epitome of tolerance. Freedom of speech can never and should never be used as an excuse to play with the sentiments of millions of Muslim around the globe. The burning of the Holy Quran would do nothing but increase the gap between Muslim Americans and Christian Americans and lead to even more tensions. Though Rev. Terry Jones is doing this to express his rage and anger, he miserably fails to realize that the Holy Quran does not only talk about the Prophet Muhammad but also about Jesus Christ and Mary. In fact, chapter 19 of the Holy Quran is titled Maryam (Mary). By burning the Holy Quran, he fails to recognize that in reality he is also bringing shame to his own religion and its teachings. Jesus Christ, who only showed compassion and love to everyone, could never have taught such as thing.No world religion, whether it is Islam or Christianity, teaches bringing disgrace to the beliefs and spiritual possessions of the fellow human beings. In fact, every religion teaches love, tolerance, and respect. It is very important that each one of us recognizes what the future would hold if these sort of events are not criticized and condemned. It will only lead to further hostilities and hatred between people of different beliefs and it should never be entertained. In short, no matter what your religious affiliations are, such acts of indecency should never be tolerated and should be condemned in the most reasonable and peaceful manner. From such deeds no one can provide harm to Islam and nor to holky book Quran. Islam is the religion of peace and Quran is the book of guidance for all Muslims and no one can provide harm to this peaceful religion in any way.