re: Koran-burning on 9/11

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on September 7, 2010

NYTimes: Petraeus Warns Against Planned Koran-Burning

KABUL, Afghanistan — The top American commander in Afghanistan has warned that plans by a small Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, could play into the hands of the very extremists at whom the church says it is directing that message.

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Burning copies of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, “would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” the commander, Gen. David H. Petraeus said in an e-mail message to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Echoing remarks the general made in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, he said: “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort. 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.”

In 2005, violent and sometimes lethal riots were set off around the world by a mistaken report by Newsweek that a Pentagon investigation had found that military interrogators of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, tried to flush a Koran down a toilet. The same year, a Danish newspaper printed cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad also led to riots across the Muslim world.

Terry Jones, the pastor of the tiny Florida church that plans the Koran burning, says that as an American Christian he has a right to burn the Koran because “it’s full of lies.”

Some of his prior attempts to incite anti-Islamic fervor have met with less public attention. Last year, he posted a sign at his church declaring “Islam is of the devil.”

Muslim leaders in several countries, including Egypt and Indonesia, have formally condemned him and his church, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, which has 50 members.

Dear Terry Jones,

You don’t know me and, up until today, I didn’t know you. I heard about your plans to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Quite frankly, this infuriates me. It is one of the most ridiculously selfish things someone could do…but that is beside the point.

Here is what I’d like you to consider: By going forward with this act, you are endangering the lives of Americans, many of them Christians, who are serving overseas in Muslim countries.

From my experience as a PCV, most Muslims are not Islamic extremists. This is not just something I want you to know, this is something Muslims want to share with you. Most Muslims are hospitable and compassionate people. They welcome Americans into their homes after meeting them just one time. I could go on but I’ve been invited to break fast with a Muslim family during this month of Ramadan and I don’t want to be late.

From one American to another, please don’t do it.

With utmost sincerely,



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  1. Pat said, on September 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    He called it off saying there was a deal made not to build the mosque in NYC, the imam says there was no deal. He stirred up trouble for cheap publicity. Wonder what he could have accomplished if he actually did something Christian? Reminds me of the Klan here in Oklahoma, they rode around with burning crosses intimidating people and claimed to be Christian at the same time, some of the worst racists of all and they still exist. Using religion for personal politics and gain.

    • nauticalgal said, on September 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      News travels slow here so often times I hear bits and pieces of stories without knowing how they unfold or develop. Thanks for the update!

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