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Qu'ran-burning is 'outrageous' gesture, Vatican says

September 08, 2010

The Vatican has issued a strong statement condemning the “Burn a Koran Day” organized by a fundamentalist group in Florida. Noting that the observance is scheduled for September 11, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US, the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Affairs says that “deplorable acts of violence” on 9/11 “cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community.”

The statement goes on to say that every religion deserves to be treated with respect. “We are speaking about the respect to be accorded the dignity of the person who is an adherent of that religion and his/her free choice in religious matters,” the Pontifical Council explains.

The Vatican statement calls attention to the pleas by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI for all religious leaders to join in condemnation of “all forms of violence, in particular those committed in the name of religion.”


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  • Posted by: porcini - Sep. 09, 2010 12:11 PM ET USA

    Islam knows they are our enemy, but we like to pretend they are not. I sat down this morning and made a list of 10 things which Islam teaches contrary to Christianity. (You should try this exercise.) In effect, the Koran is an anti-Bible. We are too politically correct to see Islam for what it is. I'd rather see every Christian Church in the world and every Jewish synagogue burn the Koran. In this way the non-Islamic world would wake up and pay attention to the reality facing us.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Sep. 09, 2010 9:10 AM ET USA

    Unlike the New Testament, the koran actually calls on the adherents of Islam to act violently under certain circumstances. Islam and violence go hand in hand. Just look at the history of Islam, current events or pick up a koran and sift through it. I don't condone burning it either, but lets get real people, Islam is not, never was and never will be a "religion of peace."

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 08, 2010 10:51 PM ET USA

    I'm no professional ecclesiologist, but I'm assuming the Vatican has released statements in the past condemning Muslim honor killings and stonings of alleged adulteress women?