The Florida church that made waves last month by declaring it would burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is still planning their bonfire. And now, it’s becoming a matter of national security.
General David Petraeus has announced publicly that not only will the spectacle be an embarrassment to the church and its supporters, it could endanger our combat troops in foreign lands, too.
Via The Telegraph:
The US military commander in Afghanistan has warned that the lives of American troops will be endangered if evangelical Christians in Florida go ahead with plans to burn the Koran on Saturday’s ninth anniversary of September 11.
Gen Petraeus said that burning Islam’s holy book would be a propaganda coup for the Taliban in Afghanistan and stoke anti-US sentiment across the Muslim world.
“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan,” he said.
“It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”
And in case anyone believed the General was exaggerating, he admitted that just the rumor of the potential action has already stirred unrest. But will the church respond and drop their media stunt?
From CBC News:
Dove World Outreach Center senior pastor Terry Jones said he knew burning the Qur’an would be considered offensive, and he said the church considered Petraeus’s words “very, very serious.”
“We are definitely weighing the situation,” Jones said. “We are weighing the thing that we are about to do, what it could possibly cause, what is our actual message, what are we trying to get across. It’s very, very important that America wakes up.”
Will the church give up on what has been a very successful media campaign for them so far? And if they do, would another anti-Muslim extremist group try to do the same?