Church Angry It Can’t Burn Qurans On September 11th

The xenophobia towards Muslims in this country has begun spiraling out of control lately, from fights over Cordoba House to the insistence of those who disapprove of him that President Barack Obama is a actually Muslim.

Now, sadly, that bigotry is even moving into the religious sphere itself, as a Florida church requests a permit to burn copies of the Quran on September 11th.

Via CBS News:

Gainesville city officials have denied a burn permit for a church that plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Interim Fire Chief Gene Prince said Wednesday that an open burning of books is not allowed under the city’s burning ordinance.

The Dove World Outreach Center drew international attention after announcing its plan to burn copies of the Islamic holy text on church grounds to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Prince says the church will be fined if it holds the burning.

In an e-mail sent out Wednesday, the church said, “City of Gainesville denies burn permit – BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS.”

The “church” has a virulent anti-Muslim and anti-gay history, according to the Anti-Defamation League, who tracks these types of groups. The church itself, which claims to be answering God’s “calling a new generation to this end time,” has only 80 members, according to the ADL. 

However, the actions of the church aren’t the most disturbing part – it’s the outside supporters egging them on.

The Dove Center has become known for its provocative actions against the Muslim community. In July 2010, Jones declared that the congregation would hold an “International Burn a Koran Day” on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jones explains the Dove Center’s rationale for the act on his Web site: “We do this to expose Islam for what it is – a violent, oppressive religion that lie [sic] and deceives the people and is leading them to hell.” The Dove Center has marked the date in previous years with “protests against Islam.”


Since the posting of the event on social networking sites, individuals have reportedly been mailing Qur’ans to the Dove Center ahead of the burning.

It should go without saying that even attempting to burn copies of the Quran on September 11th is equivalent to trying to burn copies of the Bible on the anniversary Eric Rudolph’s bombings.  You do not get to condemn an entire religion for acts committed by some in the name of that religion. 

Not to mention, burning books in general is a poor form of protest.  But burning religious texts is an even less worthy pursuit, demeaning the loss of lives of the many who themselves were burned in the name of religious persecution over the thousands of years of history.

Let’s hope that this wildfire of religious xenophobia will itself burn out quickly.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Earthward PR
Earthward PR8 years ago

For those who support religious tolerance / diversity, please see:

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

the people of Iran hold thr book with honor. Christians hold their book with honor. To burn the books is an act to demean the people that used them.
To demean anyone at this time will not help stop a war or create peace. At this time burning symbols is part of the problem, not the solution.

Earthward PR
Earthward PR8 years ago

Tavis wrote:
"And religeon has been in the core of many great conflicts."

"But that doesn't mean . . . that we should get rid of religeon."
Why not?

"And people who think that, in my opinion, are the worst of the whatever-phobes."
Your right, and I'll even fill in the "whatever" for you: war, violence, hatred, bloodshed, murder and mayhem. I freely admit I am phobic of all of those things.

"The idea that 'I don't believe in god, therefore no one should.' is just as bigoted as any of the left's targets."

Yes it is, but those who think that are extremely rare in comparison to those who think 'I believe in god, therefore everyone should.' Believing or disbelieving something simply because someone else says that's what you should do, regardless of any evidence to the contrary, is a trademark of religion, not atheism. It's called "faith." Atheism is the usual result of absence of faith.

Earthward PR
Earthward PR8 years ago

Ya know, at first I thought this guy was an islamophobic nut-case determined to stir up anti-Islamic sentiment, but I'm starting to change that assessment. After watching his theatrics over the past few days saying he will, saying he won't, saying he will again, accusing the Imam of lying, etc., I no longer think Islamophobia is his primary motivation. I think it's greed. His strategy is to get his mug on the tube, butts in the pews, and dollars in the collection plate.

Ian MacLeod
Ian MacLeod8 years ago

"Of course, it's okay to burn religious texts, why shouldn't it be? Religion is nothing but strange belief systems, created by weird people and continued by equally as weird people who seem to be controlled mainly by fear. Religious texts aren't more holy than science texts."

Buring ANY book is a sacrilege to me, in part because once leave others vulnerable. These are the thoughts, hopes, knowledge of people of our past and present. Books are perhaps the greatest treasure that civilization has generated, and buring ANY book is wrong to me. The First Amendment says it's right, or so it has been interpreted. Perhaps they're right, but people who burn books are looking to alter history, twist the truth or erase it, destroy knowledge, often that someone died to get or to pass on.

Book burning tells me that there is a deep evil involved, and that we should be looking really, really closely!


Jeffrey M.
Jeffrey M8 years ago

So, Jones said, "We do this to expose Islam for what it is - a violent, oppressive religion that lie [sic] and deceives the people and is leading them to hell."

I'm a little confused. Anyone can tell you that a Koran is flammable. How does burning a Koran demonstrate anything about Islam? Can somebody connect the dots for me?

Tavis Harrison
Tavis Harrison8 years ago

I laugh at the double standards here. People burn bibles and American flags on a regular bases and liberals defend them saying its thier freedom of speech. But If someone burns a quran then they are immediatly labled racist and islamophobic and whatever names you can come up with. Look, people will always have a difference in opinions. It's what makes this God-given World great. And no matter how nice you are or try to be, there will always be conflict between these ideas. And religeon has been in the core of many great conflicts. But that doesn't mean its wrong, or that we should get rid of religeon. And people who think that, in my opinion, are the worst of the whatever-phobes. The idea that "I don't believe in god, therefore no one should." is just as bigoted as any of the left's targets.

Liberalism is a mental disorder, find a cure before it's too late...

Sue Terry
Susan T8 years ago

......and it is allright for people in other countries to burn bibles and the usa flag