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Protestant, Muslim groups oppose 'Burn a Qu'ran' plan

August 17, 2010

The National Council of Churches has joined with American Islamic groups to denounce the plan of a Florida fundamentalist group to burn copies of the Qu’ran on September 11, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US.

The Florida group, the New Testament Church, has said that it will burn the Qu’ran in a public rebuke to Islam, saying that that faith is “of the devil.” The group’s announcement gave rise to an “International Burn a Qu’ran Day” movement.

?"Such open acts of hatred are not a witness to Christian faith, but a grave trespass against the ninth commandment, a bearing of false witness against our neighbor," the National Council of Churches said.?The Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to respond to the initiative by distributing copies of the Qu’ran to journalists and civil leaders.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Aug. 18, 2010 1:06 AM ET USA

    If there is anything that would help people understand Islam as being distinct from Christianity, it would be to actually read the Koran. The act of burning the Koran is counter-productive.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Aug. 17, 2010 5:07 PM ET USA

    This is a silly and unnecessary inflammatory act, but I can't see how it's "bearing false witness".