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Florida: Protestant pastor burns Qu’ran

March 22, 2011

A Florida Protestant pastor burned the Qu’ran before a small crowd on March 20.

Terry Jones, whose threats to burn the Qu’ran last year provoked an international outcry and led to the bombing of Christian schools in Kashmir, held a mock trial of the book before overseeing its “execution.” Wayne Sapp, another Protestant pastor, carried out the burning.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 23, 2011 1:50 AM ET USA

    One should not be cavalier over burning another religion's sacred book. It shows a basic disregard and disrespect for their beliefs and wins no one for Christ. Jesus does not need hateful behavior, He asks us above all to love and let Him move the hearts of His Muslim children.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 23, 2011 1:37 AM ET USA

    Justin8110 needs to read the third source below the article. I quote from it: "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.”" The only reason they burned the Qu'ran was to spread hate. I think Christians can act better than that.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2011 11:29 PM ET USA

    I think that the Pastor's burning of the Quran was wrong. It does not lead to ecumenism or peace. It only enrages the Muslim people (who are not evil, just confused). If you saw that an Islamic person burnt a Bible you would be very angry. Just as you can imagine that the person burning the BIble would be no closer to converting you to Islam, by burning a Quran you would be no closer to converting that person to Christianity, only farther from it. Love, not Hate will change the world.

  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Mar. 22, 2011 11:21 PM ET USA

    What I know is that people make choices. There is always, always (!), more to the actions then we read or know about. The suggestion below leads one to wonder about Christian fundamentalism. We are not cowards but we are also not suppose to pass judgement either. Branding a group of people and their holy book as evil...seems to be the same thing implied below they are doing? Actually, I am kind of surprised the comment below made it throug the filter.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Mar. 22, 2011 4:52 PM ET USA

    Just the fact that a church was bombed over the mere threat of burning a couple of books should show us that Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Also, the very fact that a small town Florida pastor burning a book that Christians should rightly regard as evil is considered breaking news says more about Islam than anything else. Cowardice in the face of evil (and Islam is evil) will only make us the slaves of Mohammed the false prophet. Thank you Pastor Sapp.