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Pakistani bishop grateful Qu’ran wasn’t burned; Muslims protest, stone church

Catholic World News - September 13, 2010

A Pakistani bishop is grateful that a Florida Protestant pastor decided not to burn the Qu’ran on September 11.

“If he were to burn the Qu’ran, we would have to pay the price,” said Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad. “Muslims have huge respect for the Qu’ran, and there is always the risk that the emotional reaction of people here would be to hit out at the nearest Christian.”

Nonetheless, the Fides news agency reported that the possibility of burning the Qu’ran had led to “tension, protests, and threats against the Christian minority, which, in most cases, have not degenerated into open violence.” Emergency police measures helped limit violence to the stoning of a church in Hyderabad.

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Sep. 13, 2010 9:27 AM ET USA

    Where is the international outrage over the stoning of this church? Where is the outrage over the desecration of a consecrated Host posted on YouTube? The media and the world in general is selective in it's outrage. Muslims can't be criticized in any fashion while Christians--especially Catholics--can have their churches stoned by Muslims or Christ in the Eucharist desecrated with hardly a whimper of protest.

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