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September 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Florida church's 9/11 Quran burning a good idea?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

General David Petraeus - the top commander in Afghanistan - is condemning a Florida church's plan to burn Qurans on September 11.

Petraeus says the burning of Islam's holy books could endanger American troops overseas - and the overall effort in Afghanistan. There are about 120,000 U.S. and NATO troops fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Petraeus says even the rumor that the Quran burning might happen has sparked protests in the Muslim world. Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated yesterday in Kabul, chanting "Death to America" and calling on the U.S. to withdraw its troops. Thousands of Indonesians gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta over the weekend. Protesters say Quran burning is an insult to Muslims all around the world.

Meanwhile - the pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, tells CNN his congregation plans to go through with it.

Terry Jones says they've "firmly" made up their minds but are praying about what they're about to do. Jones says the congregation knows this is an offensive action, but says he's offended when Muslims burn the American flag or the Bible. He claims the church's message is not one of hate and not meant for moderate Muslims, but rather a warning to radical Muslims.

Lots of people think this is a bad idea. The U.S. embassy in Kabul says that the U.S. government condemns the "offensive messages" and disrespect against Islam.

And various religious groups are also opposing the Quran burning. The National Association of Evangelicals is calling on the church to cancel the event. And Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu leaders in Gainesville have organized a so-called Gathering for Peace the night before the scheduled burning.

Here’s my question to you: A Florida church is planning to burn Qurans on September 11 as a warning to Muslim extremists. Is this a good idea?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ann in South Carolina writes:
Burning the Muslim's holy book is definitely not a good idea; it is an act of disrespect and ignorance. The Quran is sacred to all Muslims, and by burning it all Muslims will be offended, not just the radical Muslims. Terry Jones claims he is offended when Muslims burn the American flag or the Bible. Has this preacher not heard of turning the other cheek? Does he think two wrongs make a right? I think he is looking for publicity without regard for the consequences of his action. I find everything about his plan offensive.

Bud in Jacksonville, Florida writes:
This Quran-burning does recognize a growing awareness that America will soon be in trouble, just like many other countries and communities, if the impact of Islam is not soon understood by us all. As the Muslim population in each host country grows, so does the conflict between Muslim laws, aims, and goals and those of a secular democratic and free society like the U.S. The two cannot, in the long run, exist peacefully.

Sylvia in San Diego writes:
Jack, Clearly, disrespecting religion or religious symbols is "bad behavior" and it is something I would not do. However, we live in a country of laws and the law allows the right to free speech and this pastor is exercising his right to free speech in a way that he believes to be appropriate and effective.

Gary in Sarasota, Florida writes:
I suppose it's a good idea if you want to attract the attention national attention to yourself and don't care if you look like a complete jackass doing it.

Brandon in Melbourne, Florida writes:
It's rude and insensitive, but they have the legal right to burn Qurans that they own. Much like the Muslims have the legal right to build a mosque at Ground Zero, but to do so would also be rude and insensitive.

Jeff writes:
All books are sacred, even Danielle Steel's. Burning books is the sign of a closed and frightened mind.


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  1. Dan in Noo Yawk

    I would be amused by how blinkered and ignorant Terry Jones and his 50-odd followers are if it weren't such an appallingly bad and offensive publicity stunt.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Yet another silly question – of course it's not a "good idea". Only in a world where purposely offending and insulting people... in a world where taunting and daring retaliation would this be a good idea. Ask Petraeus.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  3. Scott Huber

    Burning the Koran is very un-Christian as Christianity is suposed to be a religion of tolerance.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Bill Bowers

    Bad idea. Big time bad idea.

    Our country is built upon the notion that all citizen may practice their religion without interference from others. I don't know why this is so difficult for some to grasp...

    Bill Bowers
    Rock Island Illinois

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  5. David G.

    Jones spews the same vitriol from his warped perspective as bin laden from his warped perspective. If there's room in Tora Bora for the both of them and their respective flocks I'd recommend a one way ticket. The world would be a better and safer place for it.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  6. Kevin W. Brown

    What is wrong with you? Do you have any journalistic integrity? How could burning books ever be good? Is your next question going to be – "is genocide a good idea or a bad idea"? Or maybe your next question will be "Is it a good idea to put all Muslims in the US in concentration camps and kill them"? You are not reporting news, you are validating the words of insane people so you and CNN can make money. Go to hell!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  7. Mike of Vancouver BC

    How about dumb idea? What will be gained by this?
    Nothing will be gained by this other than more hate. Not a very Christian thing to do when you put it that way is it?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  8. Ben

    This is a very bad idea. That would be like burning Bibles because the KKK terrorized African-Americans in the name of Christianity. This church needs to find another way of expressing their anger. Perhaps they should read the Quran (not to mention the Bible) before they decide to burn it.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  9. KMSUJON

    It is totally a stupid idea. If you burn the Quran, they will burn the Bible. What's the point?

    Kala Meah
    York, PA

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  10. Carla

    No. This country was founded on religious freedom. People fought and died for that one freedom alone. And Christianity - so I"m told - is founded on the principal of love. The act of burning the holy book of any religion disrespects those who have died for our freedom, disrespects the founding fathers of this country who wrote religious freedom into the Bill of Rights, and disrespects the whole of Christianity.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Rick

    No it's not a good idea, We're the nation of freedom and certain people just don't seem to understand that. The FEAR MONGORING is absurd. The far right GOP has succeeded in whipping up fear, Why because it's easy. If they say Islam is Bad and the President is Bad the people that care more about Survior-Big Brother-Dancing with stars-Biggest Loser-Wipeout etc etc believe it to be true. The economy-islam-unemployment-terrorism is all President Obama's fault. Comon on! Wake up America! All this from the party of NO! I wonder if people really question who they are listening to! Or just blindly follow like sheep over the cliff..........

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Jerry - Florida

    Jack, I try and respect all peoples, including Muslims, as long as they respect and share our dream for America. However, is it OK for muslims to burn the American flag, the Christian bible, behead our people, etc., etc., in the name of Alah? I think Certainly NOT. When Muslims worldwide start speaking against the atrocities that have been committed against Americans in the name of Muhammad, then Americans will take Muslims seriously. When Muslims worldwide begin to respect America and what our country stands for, then America could start respecting their religion and customs and really welcome them into the fold.

    I am hopeful I am completely wrong, but I doubt this will happen any time soon.

    It's now the Muslim people's turn to respond!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  13. Chris R

    Is it a good idea? Of course not. Burning a book, any book, is a vile expression of the worst tendencies of humanity. More importantly, we, as a nation, are supposed to be better than that. If we aren't promoting the tolerance and acceptance of our own citizens then what are we doing? What, exactly, are we fighting for if not to further the ideals that made this country a shining beacon of hope to the whole world? Are we to descend into barbarity because some lunatic hurt us? I say no matter what is done to us we should live by the foundational ideas that our forefathers laid out for us and for which our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers have died for. Anything less is a betrayal of our selves and our nation.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  14. Greg D

    People should be able to burn anything; the Quran, the American Flag, the French Flag, Whatever....As long as people don't set fire to our forests and buidlings. Expression is one thing; and arson is another.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  15. Travis

    It's not a good idea from any standpoint. That church only has 50 followers. They shouldn't have even warranted a national news story. I'm against biased news, but sometimes I wish journalists would think before they publish stories like this.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  16. tom west

    Burning any book but especially a book such as the Koran is not only a bad idea but a stupid one. This will surely cause a backlash against the US. The sponsoring "pastor" is a backwater publicity hound.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  17. Irwin-Upstate NY

    How can the words good and idea be used in the same sentence when it comes to this issue? This pastor is being as radical as those he wants to condemn! The people of his flock should step back and take a long hard look at what he and they are saying about us, religion in this country and most importantly the shame of insulting so many for the acts of a few! There are better ways to make a point, and a leader of a church should be more concerned about the example of intolerance and hate he is setting rather than his 15 minutes of infamy.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  18. Toni

    The people who support this type of action do not realize how they are destroying the foundations by which America was founded, has grown and thrived. There are those who say they burn our bibles and our flags, so we should be able to do the same. But America is supposed to be above that. It is what sets us apart from those who have no tolerance of religious freedoms. Petraeus has reason to be concerned. And Americans who believe as this pastor does should be concerned about the "home-grown" terrorists they may create right here on our own soil. I am deeply saddened by the actions of our American people.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  19. Michael

    While I don't usually support behavior that is intended only to be offensive, let us remember that Islamic extremists have been burning the American flag for decades in a similar gesture that is intended only to insult Americans and our allies. Turn about may be fair play.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  20. John Shaffer

    People who respond viscerally to flag burnings should understand the response when the object dishonored is not just the symbol of a nation, but the symbol of one's fundamental beliefs about the world. How could such a basic affront ever be a "good idea"?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  21. John

    This is not a warning for, or against, anything. Instead I see it as a thinly disguised attempt by some group to elicite a negative response from another group so they can sit up and claim superiority over them.

    Being offensive just because you can be really doesn't strike me as being a religious act.

    I would really love to know what this pastors view of the Piss Christ is?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  22. Laraine Jansen

    A terrible idea. The Muslim radicals want to start a religious war and this plays right into their hands. We must take the high road and show some respect to other ways of thought. This country is based on freedom, and we must respect the Muslim religion. Most Muslims would never do what the radicals did and are completely different from the radicals.
    Venice, FL

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  23. Brodie

    Jack–

    Terry Jones's actions blur, if not eliminate, the clear line between Islamic extremists and the Islamic religion. And therein lies the biggest danger.

    America cannot confuse who and what we are at war with–extremist terrorists and a radical, hate-driven ideology–with the religion that those people exploit. It would be just as wrong to burn the Koran in the name of protesting al Qaeda as it would to burn the Bible in the name of protesting the IRA.

    The only way we can ever hope to keep any allies in our War on Terror is to show that we know exactly who our enemy is–religious fanatics. But once we equate Islam with terrorism, I fear we'll have to go it alone for good.

    Brodie B.
    Cleveland, Ohio

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  24. Barton Gill

    I plan on buying a Quran on that day. I hope that the headline news of the day is that there isn't a book store in America that has any left for sale by the end of the day!!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  25. M.O.

    Warning for what, another Crusade?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  26. An Independent

    Of course it is not a good idea. That would be obvious to any rational person. It's only going to make the Muslim extremists even more angry and more motivated to try to attack us. But religious extremists of any religion are not rational, so I'm not surprised that Christian extremists are planning something like this.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  27. Ron

    It is just as fair to blame Muslims for the actions of 19 morons for their actions on 9/11 as it is fair to blame Christianity for the actions of 2 morons on 4/19/95 (the day Timothy McVeigh decided to try to level the Morrow Building in Oklahoma City.

    The fact is that the 19 from Sept-11 are the ones to blame (ok, plus their conspirators and associates). Just because they share a religion does not implicate their religion in their actions.

    The people of the middle east have enough reason to hate and mistrust us, it does us no good to try to put that fire out with gasoline.

    Ron

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  28. Jeff Myhre

    All books are sacred - even Danielle Steel's. Burning books is the sign of a closed and frightened mind.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  29. Luis

    Jack we are given in to the dark side. star War is true. There is to much hate in this world

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  30. Adam Regele

    I thought christianity was about spreading the word of God. Didn't god want to promote tolerance, peace and doing good for others? How is ACTING like extremists going to warn extremists?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  31. Tony

    I am surprised that the whole of america appear to be listening and condeming the church just because Gen Patreaus spoke. No body has accused him of being a pro-muslim or anti-9/11. No poll agents has attempted to poll whether americans think he's a muslim or not. Jack, just think for 2 sec, what would have happened if Pres Obama has said same thing.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  32. Matt

    It's a terrible idea for a plenty of reasons. It's hateful, ignorant, and not at all in line with the teachings of Jesus. And who does it benefit aside from this group of self-important bigots? Nobody.

    Matt
    Kingston, NY

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  33. Dan

    The church is praying about this decision, they say. Let us be clear about the implications, then, of choosing to go ahead with the burning. In doing so, Dove World Outreach Church would, in effect, be declaring that God blessed the burning of Islam's sacred text. The church need not say it, but this is the message that will be transmitted to all the world.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  34. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    No. Far from it. (Is there some special significance about a 9th anniversary that we aren't aware of?) Aggression, hatred, & fear-mongering are never a good idea. This man is a coward/bully, knowing that Muslims are peaceful, loving people, & that it's against everything they believe in to fall into his trap. However, his overwhelming desire for attention & notoriety may get him more attention than he bargained for; not from the peace-loving Muslims, but from terrorists, who are just looking for an excuse. Just as he's trying to ensnare & intimidate innocent Muslims, he's also walking right into the hands of the terrorists, & will regret ever stirring up their DIABOLICAL hornets' nest that knows no bounds. . . just like his ignorance & stupidity.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  35. Dave from San Diego

    This is one of the DUMBEST things I have ever heard of. This is America, we don't burn books here. You want to burn books, go to another country, you are not welcome here.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  36. Ryan

    Why shouldn't we support them burning the Quran? Burning the American flag and pictures of American Presidents is normal procedure in the Middle East. According to liberals in America, the VAST majority of Muslims are passive and not extremists. If that is the case then we should have nothing to worry about, right? On a side note, I wonder if this would be news if bibles were being burned. Liberals, you can't have your cake and eat it too. If you are going to stand up for Islam, you must do the same for Western religions as well. Same goes for the other side. If you’re for the Quran being burned then logic dictates you would support a bible burning.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  37. Mari, Utah

    I will answer your question, Jack with a quote from Elie Wiesel:

    "No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them." ~ Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist.

    One more thing, burning books is dangerous. Burning the Quran is wrong, because hate only begets hate.

    What has happened to Christians in our Nation?!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  38. Dan Sczepanski

    Absolutely a bad idea. we saw what happened in Europe in the early '30's with book burning. We know what happened afterwards.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  39. KL

    How can anything that deliberately incites hate be considered a "good idea"? We teach our children to rise above insults and pettiness in order to become well balanced adults. Should we as adults then ignore this advice and resort to such behavior, what does that say of us?
    Extremism on one side breeds extremists on the other, and burning religious symbols is clearly extremist behavior. Do we really want this to trun into a holy war? I do not think anybody can call himself a man of god if he incites violence and hate, regardless of which god he believes in.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  40. MSPCPA

    To think that burning a religions most holy book as a message to the extremist observers of that faith, is as logical as arguing with a toddler. They both fail to understand!!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  41. Scott

    Yes, I think practicing HATE is a great idea. It makes me sad for America that you pose this as a discussion instead of condemming it.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  42. Tony

    Yes, it is offensive when Muslims in the world burn the Bible or the American Flag, but that doesn't give us the right to do it back. As a society we need to be the stronger and not stoop to level of "they did it first". We need to show the world that we are respectful, even to those who don't respect us.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  43. Terry Mackie

    It's a stupid, knee jerk idea that is going to upset moderate Muslims as well as radical ones. Get a grip.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  44. Mike from Seattle

    It's like playing with fire. A little match that could ignite a firestorm. Eye for an eye doesn't work with any extremist Muslim. Don't expect a bible burning or flag burning in response. They're looking for a head next and likely use a suicide bombing. So what's the point with burning the Quran? Instead of dealing with Al Qaida or any other bloodthirsty group, you're dealing with the entire Muslim faith. Bad idea, Pastor. And why do you feel the need to put our military or other Americans at additional risk? Don a uniform, pick up a weapon and head on over to Afghanistan because an extremist may not react to an eye for an eye, but they'll take note of one between the eyes.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  45. Jennifer

    It's a very bad idea. Living with as much hatred as he lives with must be a miserable existence.

    Jennifer
    Austin, Texas

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  46. Mike

    Jesus told his followers to turn the other cheek. Burning a Quran just because some Muslims have burned a US flag or a Bible goes against the teachings of the religion Mr.Jones follows.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  47. Steve

    The truth is the Church in Florida are being radical Christians.

    In the end, 99% of conflicts are rooted in religion in someway, shape or form. Everyone, put down you Bibles, Qurans or whatever guideline you use for worship and just focus on being a decent, caring, compassionate citizen of the world. You don't need a God for that, you don't need divine intervention, look to your neighbor, shake their hand, offer them help and accept theirs when offered. If we all did that we all would be much better off. We don't need religion to achieve that, in fact, we might have a better chance of doing so without religion.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  48. Mike

    Why is it not ok....we allow people to burn the symbol of our country in the name of free speech.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  49. mensaman

    It's a bad idea. Typical of zealotry and organized religions, burnig the Muslim holy book is not only a provocative and mean spiriited action that will hurt non-radical Muslims, it just makes those that do it get down in the mud with the terrorists.
    Two wrongs don't make a right.
    Muslims should also understand that the ball has been in their court relative to the NYC mosque near ground zero. They too, messed up big time by not moving it. They are totally insensitive to the feeling of Americans.
    We see two missed opportunities – for Christians to take a high road and not burn the Quran and for Muslims to move the mosque.
    Clearly neither side wants peace – they want domination.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  50. Chuck Kershaw

    The church's planned actions are offensive and incredibly inflammatory. It is worse than shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. I think a good case can be made by the government that such actions are criminally negligent in that they threaten our national security. The government should should immediately solicit an injunction to stop this event.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  51. John, Langhorne, PA

    Not hardly. Why doesn't the church in Florida have a Quran reading session instead of a pointless burning ceremony. Fear grows from ignorance and I'll bet there is not a single member of that church who has ever read the Quran. In fact, they could do a comparison with the Bible to see which tome contains more allusions to violence, corruption, and sin. How would those same people feel if one of our Mosques had a Bible burning party? Great way to build bridges to peace, huh?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  52. David Borman

    Will the burning of a sacred text be something that will be discerned differently by moderates and radicals?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  53. Joey

    This is not only a terrible idea, but feels way too much like the Nazi's treatment of the Jews and their book burnings for comfort for me. Just because someone doesn't agree with the Muslims doesn't give them the right to burn their holy book. Imagine if they were burning Bibles or Torrahs in their cities what our reaction might be.

    Nashville, Tennessee

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  54. Adam

    So many call President Obama a Nazi. I don't see any of his supporters burning holy books like the Nazis did. How dare a Christian church, which is supposed to practice tolerance, burn the holy book of another religion.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  55. joe

    Hatred breeds hatred.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  56. William

    The day they start burning books in America is the day our democracy has failed. Oh they are? Guess that boat has sailed.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  57. Amanda

    Are you kidding me? How is this even a question? What if it were Christian Bibles being burned, would this be a question? This action is disrespectful and ignorant. Americans take pride in the fact that our ancestors moved here in search of religious tolerance and freedom and we're going to violate the sacred scriptures of another religion? Terrible idea that goes against what this country is supposed to stand for.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  58. Joe from NJ

    "...as a warning to Muslim extremists". If the Quran was the book of only the "Muslim extremists", one would see some kind of logic, but since it is not, this just does not make any sense. How about burning an Al Qaeda flag instead? (Is there such a thing by the way?)

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  59. Dave

    Don't they teach the "...turn the other cheek..." lesson at that church?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  60. Viv From NY

    It is a horrible hateful disqusting idea. What type of church teaches such things? Since when does one wrong make wrong another right ? Shame on this so called church!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  61. Ryan

    Burning this book to send a warning to a group you have no desire to improve your relationship with seems like a bad idea to me. I am not sure what kind of warning they are trying to send, but it seems to be that it is not well thought out, since they haven't even read the book.

    That said, I believe in the fundamental principles that this country is based on which would include the freedom of expression that would be exercised in burning this book for this purpose, just as I believe in the right for a house of worship of any religion to be built 2 blocks from ground zero or on any privately purchased land in the United States.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  62. Gary

    Yes it's a bad idea. Just ask the cartoonists and writers that have thumbed their noses at Muslims in the past.
    St Jo MO

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  63. Muna

    This is absolutely sickening to hear. These so called 'christians' are demonstrating exactly what the claim to protest against: HATE.
    If there's anything that they are trying to prove, it must be how bigoted and hurtful they are. Burning another groups holy book is the greatest sign of disrespect, and for a pastor to pitch this kind of an idea must signal the end of days. I mean, think of some other way to protest radical Islam, without trying to beat fire with fire. Pastor Jones, WWJD?

    St Paul MN

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  64. Marsha

    Yeah, that will teach them not to burn our flag and the bible (dripping with sarcasm).

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  65. Chad from Los Angeles

    Christians just feel like their history of lunacy has been overshadowed by current Islamic lunatics. No wonder Atheism is becoming so popular.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  66. Matt Smith

    I don't believe this is an argument about free speech. Like the KKK's burning the cross, burning the Qu'ran is a not so subtle form of intimidation. The Dove center is actively attempting to deny a group of Americans of their right to worship. This act of hatred should never be allowed.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  67. Dee Tucker

    I cannot believe that I live in a so called "country of tolerance" where such an inflammatory act is even being considered. How can the intolerance of another people be used as justification for one's own stupidity? This is unwise on so many levels. I am now speechless.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  68. Mari, Utah

    @ Ryan, it is simply un-Christian to burn the Quran. To hate the Muslims in general, because of the acts of a few.

    This has nothing to do with Liberals, sir. We would be just as appalled if someone was burning the Bible.

    We can not compare the U.S.A. to a Muslim country, they do not have Democracies they live in Theocracies.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  69. educatedRon

    Its a bad Idea. Many muslims are helping our soldiers over seas. It would be like african americans burning the bible because the KKK do/did alot of their hatred in the name of christianity. It would be best to find some al queda members and burn them instead

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  70. Tod

    In what universe could this possibly be a good idea?
    1. It is not Christ-like, so why would Christians do this?
    2. It puts our troops at more risk with nothing to gain.
    3. What do they gain? They undermine everything our troops are doing and our overall diplomating mission just to make themselves feel good?

    You don't have to be an Islamic extremist sympathizer to realize that there is nothing good that can come from this.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  71. Josh

    Muslims have had a lot of "jerks" speaking on their behalf that don't represent them.

    This is a Christian doing the same.

    He'll bring nothing but shame to his religion just like terrorists have brought nothing but shame to Islam.

    That said, this is America. He can do whatever he wants.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  72. Phil Darrin

    Hi Mr. Cafferty,

    Yes, it is a bad idea to burn the Koran, or any other book for that matter. Listen, we all deplore the actions of 9/11, but how do we honor those that died by burning a book? Honor them by living like a free American. One who may practice their religion without fear. One who may live their life free from persecution.

    Free speech would allow these folks to burn the books, and I would defend that right. But this guy has to live with the results and has to understand that his message is fundamentally unamerican.

    We seem to have lost our status of shining beacon on a hill. All because we're scared of what happened on 9/11. What a tragedy that al Qaeda can still claim victory every time we burn a Koran or prevent the construction of a mosque. Those are al Qaeda victories.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  73. Californian living in Canada now

    What about loving your neighbor as yourself?

    Christianity in America is not in danger from Islam. It is in danger because it is not true to its own teachings. This kind of hateful demonstration makes non-believers think all Christians are crazy when they're not, kind of like terrorists make people think Muslims are crazy when they're not.

    We have freedom of religion for a reason. If you really want non-believers to understand Christianity, reach out to them in love.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  74. Frank

    If you are such a good Christian why would you even think of doing something that could create more hate and death? You are the furthest thing from a Christian and are no better than the extremists on the other side. Idiot.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  75. Lilly

    Umm... If Muslims burned a Bible (or the Torah for that matter) then they have committed a grievous offence in their own faith since the Quran speaks of them both as Holy Books. I cannot really say anything about the flag, but I do agree that burning a flag is disrespectful... though I also know that when done properly it is a method of disposal...

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  76. Conspiracy Factualist

    Truelly spiritual people will fight an ideal with an act that is peaceful, and compassionate. This is what Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and all the other spiritual "avatars" of history taught.

    If you commit acts such as this church or other so-called Christian congregations such as Fred Phelps, then you are only doing acts to satisfy your own human ego, and there is nothing spiritual about your act whatsoever. In the words of Ghandi...."An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  77. Larraine, Abingdon, MD

    Jack, I think this is the saddest and ugliest thing I've seen in in while. The idea that ANYONE, let alone members of a church, would burn the holy book of another church is awful. It sickens me that we have come to this moment in our country. I'm told by some that once the economy improves, a lot of the crazies will be quieted. Maybe. This is reminiscent of the 60's but even worse because this time the crazies are adults.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  78. Snookie

    It is a ridiculously stupid question.

    Whether it be the Torah, the Bible, or the Quran... or even a flag, for that matter, defiling anything of value to a particular group is patently offensive, and ignorant.

    Freedom of Speech is a pillar of our democracy....it's not a right we should be abusing.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  79. Ruby Zimmerman, Champaign

    Has "Pastor" Jones ever read the Old Testament? If so, he may want to burn it, because of the violence it contains. Only a few hundred years ago heretics were burned at the stake by other Christians. Witches were either burned or drowned by the very people who were escaping the religious intolerance they were experiencing in Europe. All this because they thought it was God's will, based on what they read in the Bible. Misguided Christians burned thousands of heretics, and misguided Muslims murdered thousands of lives on 9/11. Holding all Muslims responsible for this is just as ridiculous as blaming all Christians for those who were burned at the stake. All religions have extremists who misinterpret their religious texts.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  80. Montreal Mark

    As good an idea as the when they celebrated 9/11 in the streets throughout the Middle East by cheering and burning American flags. I'm all for "an eye for an eye" but also that "2 wrongs don't make a right", and as far as I know, we are not led by the church on this side of the pond, nor do they represent the voice a nation. Extremism begets extremism, regardless of the flavour.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  81. Sam

    Proof positive that praying too much softens your brains....are these people COMPLETELY stupid??

    If American service personnel are killed as a result of this, I'd bring up these church people on accessory charges.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  82. Pat

    Remember the last group who organized book burnings? Yeah, they were called Nazis. What kind of church burns a book in the name of religion? What kind of point will it really prove, other than to cause more hatred.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  83. Irfan

    No muslim, if he is a muslim will ever burn a bible. We equally have to believe in the bible and the torah if you claim yourself to be a muslim. That is the basic requirement of the islamic faith.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  84. Bob East

    This should not even be a quesiton. this is not free speech, this is disregard for other religeous beliefs and insightful.
    To our Muslim and Islamic brothers and sisters- I apologize for these illiterate Americans that are more hateful than the extremist from the Middle East.
    It action like this thta create those extremists in the first place, yet these people are the first act shocked whenwe are attacked and called Infidels

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  85. Elie Khawand

    Burning a book, whatever it is, is a symbolic gesture of protest that should not raise so much ire. It is not like we live in a time where there is only one copy of the Qoran and burning it would deprive the believers from their scriptures! Simply put, what do Muslims expect from the victims of acts that are committed, as expressed by their perpetrators, in the name and for the sake of Islam?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  86. CO Mike

    Let's see- the intent of this exercise is to only "strike back" at the extremist Muslims? These extremists have got to be thrilled to death with this knucklehead burning the Quran. He's doing for them what they can't (easily) do for themselves- pissing off huge numbers of Muslims in one fell swoop. What a dork- he's playing into the terrorists hands, and can't even see it.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  87. JT from MO

    I really cannot believe that in America somebody who is of different religion has to live in fear. We have to learn from history where this leads to. Remember back in Nazi Germany, when Hitler burned all of the books that dared to go against his beliefs? This pastor is doing the exact same thing Hitler did, and the second one spark hits those Qurans, America's freedom and liberty will be badly shaken. So, in short, this idea by this pastor to burn these books is a negative slippery-slope that will endanger our safety abroad and at home.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  88. Arslan Iftekhar

    Muslims have burnt the American Flag but muslims NEVER burn the bible. The bible is a holy book for muslims too.. The Quraan says so too.. Its ignorant of you guys to believe muslims burn bibles.. They never did.. They never will.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  89. Wes

    This is a conundrum: We, as Americans, have the right to burn the flag as part of our freedom of expression. However, this country was founded by individuals escaping opresion – specifically religious opression.

    So, is it a matter of "freedom of expression" that these people burn the Quaran or is it a matter of hatred?

    I'd also ask these questions of the people of the "Dove World Outreach": 1) What warning are you sending to radical Muslims? That you might try to offend them more? 2) What message do you send to honest, peaceful Muslims? that you are prejudiced? 3) Finally, what does your "Dove" stand for? Last I checked, it is to be a symbol of peace – not of hatred and warnings....

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  90. Tompson

    Whats with the suggestion that Muslims burn Bibles? The Quran and the Muslim faith in general incorporates the contents of the Old and New Testament as truth and as "cannon" as the Quran itself. For a Muslim to burn a Bible would be like a Christian burning the Old Testament in protest of Jews...

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  91. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    It is sad when so-called Christians get their 15 minutes of fame for doing the most unchristian thing they can think of. Like the Westboro Baptist Church's activities, this is more of a hate crime than a Christian act.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  92. fred, montello, nevada

    It's a really, really bad idea as it puts us in the same league as all the flag burners, etc, in Muslim countries. What I find ironic though, is that such an idea would come from an organization with the name "Dove World Outreach Church". It hardly seems like they're peacefully reaching out to the rest of the world, as their name implies.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  93. steve

    Petraeus should never had commented on this – he unwittingly now is pushing us to implement sharia law on american soil ! Petraeus – your job is to defend our rights to free speech and leave the social commentary to the public your defending. Soldiers aren't the only ones who give blood in the epic battle for democracy.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  94. Mike from Houston

    This is just a bad idea. I understand that you are upset at over the flag or the bible being burned but to think the the burning of their holy book will only tick off radical islam is rediculuos to say the least. Will this make you congregation radicacal christian?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  95. Jack in Des Moines

    I think it's a bad idea Jack. With media technology being what it is today, the images of the event will be broadcast worldwide in minutes. In the eyes of Islamic extremist, this will justify all acts of terror against us. American Service men and women, and any other American abroad should be on extreme alert after these so called Christians play out their publicity stunt.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  96. katiec Pekin, IL

    It is a horrible idea, Jack. The whole world is watching while this small group of the radical religious bigots could cause irrepairable damage.
    Athough there is more hate, anger discrimination out there than ever before we must somehow convey the the large majority of the American people are horrified by this action.
    This is not what our United States of America stands for or is. People need to stop their ridiculous, unAmerican behavior.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  97. Mohammed

    Post September 11th 2010, I wonder how our troops would answer this question from a Muslim ally in the field, "All along you have been saying that you are here to fight extermists, but in reality you guys have declared war on Islam, war on me and my religion. Why should even help you any more?"

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  98. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    When in doubt Jack, always use the WWJD rule, i.e., What Would Jesus Do? And here's a few things Jesus wouldn't do: First of all, he wouldn't poke the lion with a stick. He wouldn't tug on Superman's cape, he wouldn't spit into the wind, he wouldn't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and he wouldn't give warnings to an extremist Muslim.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  99. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    No. What part of "ALL men are created equal", & are God's children, respect for other religions, & our Constitution doesn't this lunatic understand? none of it, apparently. How about "whatsoever you do to the least of my bretheren, you do also to me."? Also incomprehensible? .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  100. G. George

    The pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, tells CNN his congregation plans to go through with it.

    And I agree..we need to take a stand, not suck up to that group of mis-guided religious individuals.

    They burn our Flag, and Bible, they cut off the heads of our Soilders...and you ask ..(Freedom of Religion)

    Look at our men and woman who now in VA Hospitals with no legs, and what you say...Burn that Quarn...Enough is Enough

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  101. Ralph

    Jones is at the same level as the Phelps group from Kansas. They are not Christians. What they are doing is wrong and un-American. What Jones is proposing could prove harmful to our young soldiers fighting for the freedom we enjoy. They are hateful people.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  102. molly

    No books should ever be burned.. by anyone. It goes against all freedoms. This shows how the USA has become filled with hate and intolerance – and to be lead and encouraged by a so called religous leader. This is where our loud mouthed, hateful 'nuts' have gotten us to. It reminds me of the Puritans that used to burn books they thought were wrong. I'm ashamed to say I live in the same country as these fools.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  103. Anne

    It's not a "warning"...what does it warn against? Since when was burning a symbolic object a "warning"?
    It's an expression of hatred, a generic insult and condemnation of a whole religion.

    Obviously they have the right to do it if they choose, but they should expect repercussions, if not in the Arab world then against their own church. This pastor is being willfully naive and denigrates Christianity when he hates in the name of God.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  104. Robert

    It’s the dumbest, most ignorant idea I’ve heard all year. Al Qaeda are called EXTREMists for a reason. They do not represent the beliefs of the larger Muslim population. And guess what, those that died in that attack were not all Christians. Innocent Muslims died in those buildings and were passengers on those planes, as well. And this is how this church is planning to honor them. It’s nothing more than pure hate and ignorance….

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  105. ash

    I am looking at two sides, Al Qaeda extremist group one side and this extremist church groups/ some of republicans/neo conservatives on the other side. They clearly look like twins: both have plenty of hate, both claim their religion is peaceful but actions speak otherwise. The only difference is Al Qaeda is killing innocent people indiscriminately mainly by suicide bombs whereas the other side is using a more sophisticated and deadlier means: US armed forces.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  106. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Is America a nation set here by our Christian God to satisfy the wants of the Muslims and are we to die for not honoring there wishes .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  107. Preacherguy (Aurora, Indiana)

    The burning of any sacred text of any faith is a bad idea, not only insulting and offensive to that faith but also to our American ideals of freedom of religion. As a Christian pastor I am very disappointed that this pastor and his congregation are endangering lives, stereotyping a whole religious body of over 1 billion people based on the actions of a few, and promoting hatred instead of the love and tolerance taught by the faith they claim they are promoting. These folks don't understand their own scriptures and certainly should not be judging those of Islam with the same ignorance with which they read their own.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  108. Bob from SC

    Consider how WE view ( even after 70+ yrs) the burning of books in Germany prior to WWII. That should give anyone a "real good" idea as to whether it is "smart" to do this today.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  109. fred shapiro

    When the Nazi's burned books, one of them contained the line by Thomas Mann: "where they burn books, one day they will burn people". True then; true now.
    Fred S
    Chicago

    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  110. Xtractr

    So why is it OK to build a mosque next to ground zero, which many Americans consider hollowed ground, but not OK to burn a book?

    More then half of Americans are offended at the thought of having a mosque there, but it was still given Obama's support as the muslims constitutional right.

    Well, last I checked in this country, freedom of speech still existed as well. The idea of Americans exercising their constitutional right of free speech, brought swift condemnation from the white house. How come the muslims can't understand that others besides those of their faith can be offended by things they do as well.

    If they feel they can spit in the face of America by building their mosque there in the guise of "building bridges" with other faiths, then they shouldn't be surprised or offended if a few qurans get burned.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  111. James

    They play with the fire, they get burned by fire!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  112. JohninTampa

    This book-burning is as ill-conceived and ugly as when the Nazis did it. ALL book-burnings are an act of terrorism..

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  113. Jack

    It's a badly thought out idea. To portray yourself as a man of religion while fostering hate and violence is at least contrary to most religious underlying beliefs and more to the point a sin. To do this act in the name of any American is so wrong it's beyond words. Who do you think you are speaking for and at what cost to others who don't share your dim witted message. The American flag has been burned in the past by those who don't share our world view, both foreign and domestic. Take the high ground and don't stoop to their level. Acts like this will lead to long term conflicts like the Palestinian – Israeli and Irish – English turmoil. Get a grip is right.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  114. Pam

    I read this so-called church has 40 members. The media has done a terrible disservice to our service men and women by spotlighting this nut and his ignorant followers. Ignorant people say and do a lot of stupid, hateful stuff. Why raise this guy's wacked out idea to the national level? That's the question that should be asked.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  115. Scott Stodden

    What Kind Of Question Is This Jack? Of Course This Isn't A Good Idea And Any Church Or Pastor That Supports Terry Jones And The Burning Of The Holy Islamic Book We All Know As The Quaran Should Be Condemned By The World And The Churches That Their Apart Of! Its One Thing To Be Against The Building Of The Mosque Two Blocks Away From Ground Zero But To Burn The Quaran Is Like Burning The Holy Bible Christians Would Be Outraged And All Muslims Should Be Outraged As Well About This! Shame On Terry Jones And His Church For Even Supporting This Idea, Go To Hell Mr Jones Your Not A Real Pastor!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  116. Jared

    All I would ask that pastor would be What Would Jesus Do?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  117. leandra

    I am a born again Christian and want people to know that this "pastor" and his followers do NOT speak for me! What they are planning is hurtful and goes against what Jesus taught us. He says he is offended over the American flag & the Bible being burnt. So am I but why turn around and hurt & insight others that don't believe as we do. Also, I do not understand how the have "firmly" made up their minds but will pray about it. None of this makes sense to me.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  118. Jonny Fowler

    The recent anger against Islam must stop. The Florida church is endangering the lives of American troops overseas and sends the completely wrong message to Muslim Americans. Anti-Islamic sentiment will only result in increased hatred from overseas, and could ultimately lead to more terrorist attacks in the future.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  119. Mary Shaw

    This is an awful idea, Jack. If there are Americans who are Christians who think this is what makes them American, they are wrong and should be stripped of their citizenship and damned to hell.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  120. Tina

    I agree with Tony – if President Obama had been the one to condemn the burning ........there would be Fox News headlines about how he is muslim and a terrorist sympathizer. What a horrible plan to burn another religions sacred book. It is horrible. I am tired of people blaming all muslims for the acts of a few crazy people. People would never be blaming all catholics if the oklahoma city bombing had been done by a catholic........ This world needs to learn tolerance and acceptance of those different from us.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  121. Burbank from CA

    It's really stupid to burn the Quoran and really stupid to build a mosque near ground zero.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  122. Brian P

    They are "praying about what they're about to do." Maybe the backlash is a higher power telling them it's not such a good idea.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  123. Lilly

    As for the claim that Muslims are staying quiet about the atrocities committed in the name of Islam.. We do not. Problem is.. Every time we speak up against the crimes that these "So Called Muslims" commit... we are accused of trying to deceive the Non-Muslims. It's really heart breaking all in all.

    PDX

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Valentine Kanji, Falcon Heights, MN

    It is very sad to note that a man of God is attemping to do such a very stupid thing.....does he think burning the quran makes him feel good or he is doing the right thing! what a moral judgement from a man of God.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  125. blogmob

    So many people were (wrongly, I believe) stirred up about how the Wikileaks documents could endanger American troops. Where are they now? This seems much more likely to have a bad effect on our troops, more quickly and more deeply. The unparalleled hypocrisy of the far and religious right is inescapably obvious to all but the most willfully blind.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  126. jwassom

    Cmon people.. Show that your bigger than those who are idiots across the globe. Burning the Quran is lowering yourselves to their idiotic standards. If your truly Christian, than you know that this is wrong, and you shouldn't be praying to God to get his approval. He would not approve of it at all.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  127. Jason B.

    As Americans we're supposed to be above this sort of stupidity. Mr. Jones doesn't follow any Bible I've ever seen. He does what he wants and calls it Christian. This is one of the most blatantly stupid ideas I've ever heard of.

    Here's my thoughts for those opposing Mr. Jones's book burning. Hire a nice large helicopter...the fire fighting kind. Fully loaded of course. Have it hover overhead. As soon as this so-called pastor lights his match, have the copter dump its load.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  128. RuthAnne

    This will absolutely cost a blood price! The last day of Ramadan and 9/11 and these small minded jerks (55 or so who DO NOT SPEAK for all Americans) are going to set off a wave of hatred and reprisal that we have not seen. These are two wrongs not making a right...

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  129. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    Only if you have a death wish. .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  130. CJ Palmer

    DId "Rev" Jones burn Bibles after OKC? After all, Tim McVeigh was Catholic. Has Jones condemned Scott Roeder for murdering Dr. Tiller? This guy is just like Fred Phelps: a self-righteous pseudo-Jewish demogogue who wouldn't know Jesus Christ if he slapped the "Right Reverend" for his blasphemy.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Peter

    The world is full of Muslim extremists and the U.S. has its share of Christian extremists. If you ever wanted to know how some parts of the world see the United States, then ask yourself , "How do I see the Muslim world?"

    September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  132. John Cole

    Isn't that what the Nazis did in 1930's Burn books

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  133. jaime fuentes

    it is a bad idea. however, i would like to see cnn and the white house get this upset when they are burning the bible

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  134. chris whitmore

    Of course not. And how does this guy even get coverage? He's being idiotic about his choice of protest. Giving this guy media coverage makes it harder for America to not look like these kind of small minds represent us!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  135. thies

    It sounds retarded, but the reasons given for not doing it are even worse. Curtail our freedoms because some uncivilized fanatics in other parts of the world threaten to kill someone for burning a book? I don't think so. How nice and peaceful this world could be without religion.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  136. Debbie

    People claim it is okay because of things Muslims do. The problem is that it is NOT American Muslims who do these things, they are done by Radical Muslims in other countries This act will hurt American Muslims who love this country and who respect the religion and feelings of their American neighbors. This country used to stand for Freedom and be something other countries strove to be like...Now it is just a breeding ground for hate and intolerance and sickens me.

    Buffalo, NY

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  137. Michele Winsor

    I have a better idea. Why don't we burn bibles, too! Organized religion is a crutch and an outmoded social gathering tool. Dogmas are the bane of our existence.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  138. Alistair

    If these Christians were told that a group of 50-or-so Middle American muslims were going to hold a Bible-burning session – how would that hold up to their saying "Free Speech is a Wonderful Thing" – They have a RIGHT to do it, of course it's OK. – I DON'T THINK SO.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  139. Stephanie Peresman

    Jack, it's time for all of us to stand up against hatred and bigotry of any kind. The pastor organizing this burning of a book that is so holy to so many people, is no better than a Nazi himself. He is knowingly hurting millions of innocent people and in the end he will hurt us all. He is not a man of God.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  140. Robert Amidon

    If they want to protest radicalism, why don't they just burn a few berca's

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  141. Eve Lemon

    Hypocriticdal idea. Why didn't the wingnut burn a Bible when those Christian terrorists bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma, abortion clinics, Atlanta, etc. He's purpose was to get attention and he's being rewarded for his troublemaking. Eve in Texas

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  142. Peter

    Epic stupidity Jack. This "religious leader" thinks it's a briliant idea to enrage approximately 20% of the world's population, endangering our troops and our missions abroad.

    People like Terry Jones are trying to push us ever closer to becoming the enemy we are struggling against : religious zealots using intolerance as a weapon to enrage and control the masses.

    Albany, NY

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  143. Bill

    I Hope it pours with rain.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  144. Protect USA Always

    This what Taliban used to do in Afghanistan burn books, break Buddha temples, and asked Hindus to mark their identity. This church is looking to provoke a religious war and want to make America look bad rest of the world. He should be arrested to provoke violence

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  145. Gene

    Mr. Jones professes to be a Christian so what happend to "Turning the other Cheek?"

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  146. Al Rucci

    Book burning is terribly unAmerican.
    A better idea for this Church is to have a congegation "read the Quran" project and report on their findings, There is too much garbage flying on the internet. Let's try to get REAL responses to Muslim culture.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  147. Bettina

    Does this Pastor not realize that he is poking the Bee's nest?

    Bettina
    Charleston, South Carolina

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  148. Albert Mirochnick

    GREAT IDEA ! ! ! They burn my flag, they burn my president, why not burn their book? If they had any respect for their book they'd act like it really meant something more than a cause to disrespect me, my country, and all that I hold dear. When you terrorize in the name of your book, your book becomes the call to terrorism that should be stopped!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  149. S. Coley - Philadelphia, Pa.

    Ok how insane is this. I'm a born- again Christian and I have sense enough to know burning Korans, only creates more hatred and of course instead of drawing people to Christ, we become more of a stumbling block!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  150. Ed

    How about we toss some Bibles and American flags on there while we're at it? No, that's too much? Well, so is burning Qurans. It's stupid and puts them at the same level as other book burners–or Fred Phelp's ilk.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  151. Mustafa / Texas

    Jones is no different than Al-Qaida; he needs to be paid by Al-Qaida big bucks. Al-Qaida has been trying to create instability and violence in the US and other countries for almost 20 years. They are about to accomplish their biggest goal by Jones. I bet they have recruited thousands and will recruit millions once Jones goes ahead with this plan.

    Mr. Jones, you got your fifteen hours of fame; it is time to forget about this nonsense.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  152. Terry from N. Dakota

    I agree. It's probably not the best idea but it is amusing that a religion does not recognize any other religion...they just tolerate other religions except for the extremists who have the most warped view of what the Quran says. Why is it that the big tough US of A is afraid of this situation occuring? Every other religion has been, at some point, stepped upon and made fun of but you better not do it to the Muslims because this will make them do something against the US.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  153. Pete, NJ

    It is not a good idea, but it is as legal as building a mosque at the WTC site. I am offended that my first amendment rights are being trampled because, while they can burn American flags and the Bible, we should become PC. How about we get out of the middle east, and find other fuel sources to run our country. Let them eat sand, or oil.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  154. Semo Rantamaki

    This is the same kind of idiocy that motivates actions like protests against the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. According to a Rand study and also a State Department study (2006) of global terrorist incidents, about 25% -30% of all terrorist attacks are committed by Muslims. While about 70% – 75% are committed by people who are not Muslims.
    If you are a follower of this church or of Pat Robertson, facts do not matter.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  155. Andrew from Boston, MA

    I'm sure the majority of Muslims will be able to separate the ill-conceived actions of 50 Floridians from the beliefs of the majority of Americans as well as we did with separating the handful of Muslim-Terrorists who perpetrated 9/11 from the larger Muslim world. Which is to say: not at all.

    This is a bad, bad idea.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  156. Tim in Dallas

    It is SAD that the media has let a group of 50 biggots highjack the 9/11 memory with HATE. so SAD! Do not give them the time!
    Burning ANY Holy Book will bring anger. ALL that support peace, love and practice tolerance should be in the media not these few bozoos.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  157. Mindy Greenberg

    I find it ironic, the church's symbol is a dove and yet they are burning a holy book, a symbol of pure hate.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  158. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    The biggest problem with this is that America is being warned not to destroy and object and warning us of punishment if we do are we to cow like cowards to there wishes .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  159. Gregory

    Every day I live I find it more amazing how a small group of dummies can get more attention with some of the dumbest ideas get the most attention from the press.The news agency most be getting bored with Obama bashing......

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  160. katiec Pekin, IL

    Am astounded by some of these comments. There are some who support this outlandish action, some comparing actions of other countries and some who truly do not care.
    We have always stood proud as a country who have compassion for all mankind, do not discriminate in religion, race or gender, do not victimize those of different belief and believe in freedoms other countries do not have.
    How can anyone claim to be a Christian with such hatred in their hearts?
    What is happening, people? This is our United States of America!!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  161. Raymond from Chicago

    Their message is against everything Jesus and the foundation of Christianity stands. Jesus would never condone inciting violence even against one's enemies. Rather he would turn his cheek and say strike me again.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  162. Steve D

    Jack

    My bible says "God created man in his image". Unfortunately some people got this all wrong and "created God in Their image". Obviously this sick minded individual minister is putting on a show for his flock at the cost of harm to others. Its "BULLYING" plain and simple. And they want to know why this is such a problem on the internet and in our schools.

    Steve
    New Windsor Maryland

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  163. Denny from Tacoma

    Burning the Quran would make those who perform such an act no better than those who would burn our Bible or our Flag. We should be better than that and show the forgiveness and love that Christianity is supposed to represent.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  164. Linda in Arizona

    What we need, barring the arrest of Jones the church members, is a bunch of Christians to demonstrate against the Quran burners. Or perhaps the FBI could drop by.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  165. Sam Post

    It's a stupid idea. It's even more stupid to react to it. Don't be stupid.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Brian

    Jack,

    A warning of what, may I ask? A warning that the United States may impose a Muslim Holocaust in the near future? A warning to our Muslim allies in Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan that we may turn on them and demonize them for guilt by association? Raving lunatics like Terry Jones need to clarify their intentions before committing atrocious acts of blind hatred.

    Brian
    Boise, Idaho

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  167. George in PA

    As a child I was taught that two wrongs never make a right. As hard as it is to follow, the Bible instructs us that Jesus said "if someone slaps you on the right cheek then turn the other cheek".

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  168. Sharon

    Reminds me so much of germany in the 1930's and how they treated the Jewish people. Back then- as now- church leaders led the hatred and the violence. In times like these- when so many people are out of work and suffering- the last thing this nation needs is religious leaders preaching hatred and violence against people of another faith. Sad to see the state this nation is in and this preacher and his views seem to reflect it all too well.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Arine Ward

    It totally amazes me to see these comments of "No" they shouldn't do this act...Yet, these are the same people, citizen who have criticized every action of our President...called for his death...harassed his wife...belittled everything he has done. I pray he (President) doesn't say a word, America needs to understand, if its alright for you to talk about the President, then you should be able to handle whatever comes from this burning...you're big proud America!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  170. John Loucks

    No, the Koran should not be burned. Instead of events like this one, why don't churches and organizations do protests to bring our men and women home where we belong. Its now "tired" to keep hearing from people, especially General Preataus that we are keeping the terrorists there and not here. Defend America here and leave the middle east to their own. How much money and loss of our troops lives will it take to have wars like this with no end in sight. Military commanders will opt for longer time periods, surges, more troops, etc. because thats their mentality as soldiers. The burning of the Koran will further drag on these wasteful wars and irritate countries who want to govern on their own.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  171. Andrew

    90 % American support burning of Koran books .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  172. Patty in Missouri

    Sure it's a bad idea. What is an even worse idea is for 24 hour news shows to even give this guy air time. If he does it and no one reports the "event", he and others like him will not do it again. It's all about getting your 15 minutes of air time.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  173. Robert Link

    I think it could be a good idea Jack, if this preacher and his flock will show their dedication to this idea of "standing up to the extremists" by burning the Qu'uran in Afghanistan, perhaps down south. I will contribute to a fund for airfare. Really – seriously. If they want to stand up to the "enemy," let them do so. THERE! Let them face what they are asking our soldiers and Americans in Islam countries around the world to face FOR them. This poor jackass 'preacher' doesn't even see what a coward and blowhard he really is. Let's show him – in fact, let's just send him anyway – give him a gun, a Qu'uran, and a match. And please, take pictures.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  174. Mercia

    I am a Christian and I believe there are two sides of it. One is paying back to the Muslin world with the same way they treat the American flag and the Bible. They burn it frequently. The other side is consider what Jesus would do in this situation. I strong believe HE would never act to confront people in this way. Jesus will pay back with love and respect. I am against pastor's act. The Muslin needs to understand Christian people will not do the evil to call attention from the world.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  175. Randy from Colorado Springs

    Burning the Quran to protest 9/11 is about as stupid as burning the Bible to protest the Westboro Baptist Church, known for demonstrating at military funerals.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  176. Manny Whitlock

    Nowhere in The Scriptures does it teach that Jesus The Christ told followers or believers to provoke another to anger. What He did teach was that if one if offended by what we do, we should cut it off. (stop what you do) Maybe that Preacher has some growing up to do. ~ Manny

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  177. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    When in doubt Jack, always use the WWJD rule, i.e., What Would Jesus Do? And here's a few things Jesus wouldn't do: First of all, he wouldn't poke the lion with a stick. He wouldn't tug on Superman's cape, he wouldn't spit into the wind, he wouldn't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and he wouldn't give warnings to an extremist Muslim.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  178. GP-Canada

    Jack,
    Florida church's 9/11 Quran burning a good idea?
    Just the news of this happening has already started the hatred with "Death to America" marches.
    If this church goes through with this burning we are about to see world wide religious war as a result.
    That's all these radicals need for an excuse to cause terrorism in North America (Canada included).
    I don't like it and it scares the hell out of me with what the result will be.
    GP-Canada

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  179. Nell, South Carolina

    These so-called Christians obviously never heard of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  180. Isaac Forquer, Portland, OR

    This sort of ignorant behavior is a surrogate for thinking. "I hate, therefore I don't have to think about it." A superlative form of cowardliness.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  181. Chris

    More people have been killed in the name of Christianity than any other religion. What we need is a large number of people to burn their bibles and send the tapes to that "house of God". Then they may think twice about this.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  182. Debbie Doyle

    Our country is based on the principle of freedom of religion. I lived in Egypt for 10 years and came to respect and appreciate the Muslim religion. I hope this misguided attempt to burn the Koran does not take place; however great harm has already been done.

    Debbie Doyle

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  183. Kate

    Looking at the name of this guy's church, conatining as it does the word "dove" a symbol of peace, and the word "outreach", it would seem that the whole church name is an oxymoron. The intended action goes contrary to the name of the church!
    London,ON
    Canada

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  184. Harry

    Did Americas Greatest generation burn copies of the Hitlers Mine Kampf during WW2? these people need to get a life. What kind of Christians did you say they were Jack?

    Harry from Georgia

    September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  185. robert

    ok; it is a stupid idea but ... what about expecting muslims to be a little bit more tolerant of stupidity... about stopping to threaten with death everyone who disagree with them even the simple minded. Where are the thousands demnstrating agains the murder of that poor women in Iran. Be good America but ... stand up, stop liking a..........

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  186. John Caldwell

    The frightening thing about people who believe God has told them something is that others may believe it to be true. I am not sure if this is the case with the small congregation in Gainesville or if it is simply about hate. There is no question that it is stupid and will have ripples around this troubled world. People will suffer and die for the act of these "Christians."

    John
    Nashville

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  187. Ruby, Champaign

    Let's call on some of the Homeland Security laws to arrest this guy, anything that may endanger our troops is treason. Why should we let this happen when we might be able to prevent it? He says he's praying about this, but why do I suspect God isn't listening?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  188. Jorge Lopez-Bernal

    The sad part is that by burning the Koran they are also burnig the Bible and the Torah, as they all have the old testament in common. If I were God I would not want to be associated with any of these three monotheistic religions whose leaders continue to use my name to wage war on each other and kill innocent people. Wake up, our similarities are more than our differences.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  189. H Butler

    Jack – extremists in our country are no different than extremists in other countries. They are extreme in their HATRED but not extreme in their LOVE. If they were truly extreme in their FAITH, given most all of the major religions recognize a higher being who is a loving God, they would subscribe to the kind of behavior that allows Godly love and respect to trump knee-jerk, innate human hatred.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  190. TC

    If these so-called Christians follow through on their threats to burn the Quran on 9/11, anyone who participates should be prosecuted for hate crimes.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  191. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I'm all in FAVOR of the Quran Burning, Jack, for one simple reason. Let's see if the wonderful, peace-loving, serene religion of ISLAM can take it as well as they can dish it out!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  192. Cathy Fox

    Burning the Quaran may not be a good idea, but have we forgotten about the torture these Muslims have inflicted on all people of other religions other than their own? How about the beheaddings of US citizens, tape recorded & shown on TV? Soldiers, tortured, their bodies drug down the streets behind cars? Lets not forget that on 9/11, the media showed the Muslim people celebrating in the streets. The Muslim "religion" is not a religion of peace, but one of violence.... do not let "political correctness" let us forget all who have died at the hands of Muslim "Religion".
    Cathy Bethlehem, PA.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  193. timmer

    of course its a good idea. This is the U.S.A land of the free. Free to burn what we want when we not. Dont be scared Jack. After all it would not even make the lowest rated (cnn) if a group of people burned a bible. Infact i lived in SaltLake for years people vandalized church's,set them on fire and cnn was not there no cover. Wierd.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  194. Jose Rivas

    How can the Florida church say that they're "Christian" if they're showing hate by burning a book that is sacred to other religions? Christianity teaches us to love our enemies, no matter what they do to us, and to forgive them. I believe that the burning the Quran will fuel their hate to a level that will be far greater than we've seen in our generation, and they will hold not only that church responsible but us for allowing it to be done.

    God Bless America.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  195. George

    Here's the problem Jack: there always have been and always will be stupid people doing stupid things regardless of the consequences, but do we really need to advertise their actions to a global audience in the name of ratings? You and your producers are just as guilty of fear-mongering as the church in Florida and equally responsible for the consequences.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  196. David M

    Short answer...NO...this is a dumb idea. We are not at war with Islam...we are at war with terrorists. I do not consider the terrorists "true" Muslims any more than I do the nuts that bomb abortion clinics and call themselves Christians.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  197. Heather

    I find this whole thing to be outrageous- of course. BUT if it were not for all of the news outlets relentlessly reporting on the action of 50 crazy people- then the entire world would ignore the actions of these lunatics.

    The only reason there is a spotlight on it is because the news is putting the spotlight on it! It is pure sensationalism- that is now incensing other countries.

    It is not like it is a wide sweeping movement that simply cannot be ignored, nor is it like a hostage situation where attention SHOULD be put on a small group of lunatics. It is just people trying to grab headlines and for some unknown reason CNN along with countless other dignified news outlets are more than happy to hand it to them on a silver platter.

    I am not a "media basher" by any means- but come on!

    Southwest,USA

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  198. Kele

    The burning any religious book is a hate filled action that has no place in religion. If the true intent of the burning is to offend the "radical" Muslims, what about the other 1 billion plus Muslims and non-Muslims that take offense to the burning of the Holy Quran copies. I am not shocked by this though. To me it just shows the religious ignorance that some of our fellow Americans STILL share. I would challenge 90% of those who are “anti – Muslim” Christians, to read verses from the Quran and from the Bible and distinguish which verses are from the Quran and which are from the Bible. The results would be shocking!!!! The showing of their scriptural ignorance would be overwhelming and would embarrass most these “anti-Muslim” bandwagoners! By the way, true Muslims study, believe and follow what’s written in the Torah and the Bible – do you?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  199. Mike, Austin TX

    A fire, a fire already burning Terry Jones has now fueled with his JET FUEL of STUPIDITY! It's anyones right to burn books, but he is desicrating the graves of all the citizens of the World that lost their lives on 9/11 and have been effected by the war that still rages. A day that is meant for mourning and peace worldwide, he has now turned into a day of hate! Damn him. It's been nearly 10 years and have we ever seen such an ignorant public display of Koran burnings? Why now? Why right after "withdrawing" troops has been highly publicized worldwide. We were finally gaining positive light, and stupid acts like this by a small uneducated minority throws us right back in the fire. I pray for all the soliders that are now being effected worlwide and for the lives that will be lost if he goes through with this.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  200. Mark

    Burning books at all is admitting defeat to all civilized response. It is the action of the truly ignorant.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  201. Dave

    I disapprove of radical Islam 100% (and not peace-loving Muslims), but I also disapprove of inflamatory behavior on the part of this Pastor.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  202. Alex McGregor

    This isn't a group of church-goers following Jesus' word of "turn the other cheek", these are hate-mongering instigators, who wish for nothing but war against every ideal that they don't understand.

    If these were real men of God, they would realize that if you want a real symolic gesture, you don't burn a flag or holy book; you wash it.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  203. Jim

    Sounds like terrorist Christians...Terry Jones, you and your followers need to find another country to live in...you are not Americans. You need to pray a little harder and longer and listen to God, you are on the wrong track.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  204. travis

    I'm trying to figure out what is a better idea?

    A) Burning the Quran to send a message?
    B) Invading and occupying Muslim countries?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  205. getreal

    Its not a good idea or bad one. Its called freedom of speech. Is it not legal to burn the flag? How many times has our flag or effigies of our leaders been burned by islam in protest. Can't be o.k. for one and not the other. Why don't you start infusing a little patriotism into america, CNN???

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  206. Michelle

    I think that the burning of a Quran is a hate crime. They are not being very Christ like. They are sending a negative message to everyone who is Islamic. It is a threat and an act of aggression. They should not do it.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  207. CSnord

    Burning Korans, or any other book, to make a statement is childish and stupid, so the church in FL should not do so just on the basis that it is moronic. With that said, I have a real problem with our having to curtail our freedom of speech because it may cause a riot in Kabul. If that is the case, then the problem is not with the speech...

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  208. Peter Graf

    In 1933, briefly after the Nazis came to power in Germany, they organized more than 70 public burnings of books that they deemed to be "un-German". It is grotesque that a group of people that claim to be religious are stepping into the footprints of the Nazi's. What's next? Concentration camps for Muslims?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  209. tom k in calif.

    A few fanatics in florida can do this,and the whole nation will get the blame.making one third of the worlds population hate all americans.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  210. Elizabeth Martin

    The Bible is very clear that anything that creates dissension, confusion, hate, or fear is not of God. Where do clowns like 'pastor' Terry Jones come from, including 'pastor' Fred Phelps? Is there any recognized denomination that claims them? Why does the media even give them their 15 seconds of infamy?
    My feelings on this... these clowns are totally wrong but there is a growing sentiment that American Muslims are not being vocal enough about opposing Islamic fundamentalism & terrorism. This could account for some of the backlash. If American Muslims are being vocal in support of the U.S. and against Muslim extremism, why isn't the media publicizing it!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  211. Tricia

    Burning the Quran is a bad idea. I think Terry Jones is self serving, and he has no real relationship with Christ.

    I have to think the only thing that motivates him is that he might sell more of his own book.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  212. Daniel MacLennan

    I have watched for 9 years radical Islam burns our,and swears to kill us all. Now the media is supprised when some americans want to return the favor! Hint for our military leaders, OUR TROOPS ARE ALREADY IN HARMS WAY !

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  213. Manic Drummer

    I say burn as many Qurans as we can. It'll make up for all the Bibles and Torah scrolls Muslims burned over the past centuries. It's payback time and Muslims should get what's due.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  214. bob davison

    Jack,
    Have you read the Quran? It clearly states that we who are not believers are "infidels" and are to be converted or killed. The tactic appears to be to infiltrate non Islamic societies and failing to convert them take them over no matter how long it takes. They are very fond of saying they are patient and will wait hundreds of years if necessary to accomplish their goal. They exploit our "religious tolerance " to preach their subjugation of women and supremacy of Islamic law. The danger from this subtle attack is if anything underrated by the media and the current Administration.
    Be afraid, be very afraid.
    Bob
    South Carolina

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  215. Maria W.

    Have no fear folks, our great pastor is merely exercising his GOD-GIVEN right to dissent. I am without doubt that if his compatriots at a mosque in Saudi Arabia wanted to do the same thing with his beloved bible, he would fully support their individual (and religious?) right to do so! I say we join in solidarity with our brother on September 12th for Burn a Confederate Flag Day!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  216. Tyler Sprague

    One burning Quran equals ten new suicide bomber recruits. This is the type of idiocy that gets us even deeper into a deadlier war. The last thing our troops need is the population of Afghanistan to turn against them. The speed of light may be fast, but darkness will always be there waiting for it.

    Tyler Sprague
    Rockland County, NY

    September 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  217. Pastor Robert

    Jack, I hate to say it, but this pastor and his church has lost the true message that Christ . We Christians will never reach a lost world like this. We're supposed to show the world, even Muslims, that God loves them so, that Christ shed His blood for them and us all, and that in believing in Him as Savior, anyone can be saved.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  218. FreedomBaby

    It's just as bad as burning the American flag. Both are designed to incite a group of people.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  219. Kat

    Burning the Quran simply shows up the intolerance of a very small group of so-Called Christian extremists. It is that very kind of intolerance & bigotry that promotes violence such as 9/11.
    Extremists are extremists, regardless of whatever faith they claim to profess. At this moment, I am much more concerned with the so-called Christian extremists than I am with main -stream Muslims.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  220. Katherine Magdangal is on FB

    The very fact that CNN is allowing this entire single side of the Muslim issue to see the light of day is suspect....as long as this small group of people are on their own property and not creating a fire hazard, and the books they intend to burn aren't stolen, they have every right to do anything they want with them.....what I haven't seen "in the news" is the "special" allowances being made in our courts, schools and hospitals and work places, that for no other group has ever been considered.....like blocking New York sidewalks similar to how they are dong in France...any other "group" would have to get a permit to assemble publicly

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  221. atzame

    I didn't realize it but in my earlier post I put Thomas Mann for some strange reason. It should read: "Terry Jones is no better than the radicals that burn the US flag and the bible. He gives Americans a bad name the same way the radicals give all Muslims a bad name."

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  222. suzy

    2 wrongs don't make a right. If the justification is that extremists burn bibles, then Dove church is no different than the terrorists.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  223. Nick

    Umm the last I checked even Muslims regard the Bible as a Holy Book and would never burn it. This idiot in Florida has never even read the Koran. He has no idea what he is even against. He is simply upset that Islam is spreading no matter how much hate he can spread. The fact remains that 1.5 BILLION Muslims cannot all be terrorists. There are about as many bad Muslims as bad Christians,. The only difference is our media condemns only one.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  224. Christine

    I think the idea of burning the Koran is just as stupid as the idea of rioting and killing people if it IS burned! Other religions, realizing that the holiness of a religion is not in the book itself but in meaning of the words conveyed to one's heart, do not go crazy and freak out if THEIR holy books are desecrated. Muslims take things way too literally and in doing so, cause unnecessary pain.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  225. Kevin

    Sure this is a great idea, if we want to show the world that we are a country full of religious bigots. How about we start burning other books while we're at it. Fahrenheit 451anyone? I feel bad for his ministry and his followers, I really do. Delusion seems to be running rampant through this country on all sides of the fence.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  226. Noble

    To me it's the same thing as "is it a good idea to build a mosque at ground zero?" Of course not. But proponents of the mosque always say the same thing. "It's our constitutional right." The fact that it's an insult to families of 9/11 is irrelevant. The fact that most Americans oppose it is irrelevant. People also have the constitutionally guaranteed right to burn the Koran in America. This is what happens when you open Pandora's Box.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  227. Mohamad Naser

    It's my hope that muslims outside the US read the comments in response to your question to let them know and understand that most americans do NOT agree with Mr. Jones.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  228. Paul Round Rock Texas

    Jack there is no question it is a very bad idea. The people that plan to burn as many copies of the Quran as they can are very sick people that do not have a clue of the Muslim faith. I am sure the same people would outraged if a group of left wing people had a plan to burn as many Sarha Palin's books as they could. Just what has our country came to Jack.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  229. Shelly Benson

    Jack this is probally the stupidest thing I have ever heard anyone say...ever! I am a conservative christian, and I am sickened that anyone...much less a pastor...would even consider this! That is not the voice of America and I find it distasteful, demoralizing, and disrespectful to the memory of all the innocent life lost on 9/11. Practice what you preach, preach! (just some christian advice)

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  230. EnigMaa

    I totally Disapprove of this faux christian elmer gantry premise!

    The FACTS: the 19 terrorists from Sept-11, 2001
    were to Blame, NOT the True Islamic religion.

    Why didnt this case get presented when timothy mcveigh terrorized a community? and why didnt his religiuos book get burned?

    Burning books is the first sign, that the dopplegangerDevil is back
    behind the pulpit of the faux christian religion....
    A REAL Muslim would Never take the terrorist stand.
    A REAL Christian would Never take this stand either!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  231. George

    Hitler was a book burner too. Coincidence... or Satan?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  232. Jon

    No. I understand the anger and the point the pastor thinks he is making, but it's a bad, bad idea and it makes Christianity look similar to Islam in tactics and attitude. But it would be nice if someone pointed out the hypocrisy of those opposed to the pastor. How come we don't see them protesting the burning of George Bush in effigy, the burning of the flag or other sundry anti-Christian hate speech.

    Lima, Ohio

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  233. Sia

    Jack,

    I think it's really sad to see the 3rd Reich being reborn in Florida. The ignorance shown by this so called pastor and his flock is no different than the book burning gatherings of Hitler and his followers in the 1930s...

    British Columbia, Canada

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  234. Leah Seth

    Just goes to show you how ignorant and prejudiced some Americans are; they will never change their stupid ways! Ever'!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  235. Daniel M Maryland

    if the holocaust has shown us anything, burning holy books only makes things much much worse. granted its only a book and not the burning of human beings, but it obvious that its to send a message, a message of hate towards muslims. When will people learn that the actions of a few who use religion as a scapegoat and nonsensical justification for their actions, have only tarnished themselves, not the religion which is being used against its own teachings. Just because the Koran talks about dying as a martyr in some very reasonable circumstances, doesnt mean that killing innocent nonmuslims is an act of martyrdom just because their insane recruiters say so. You can quote it all you want, youll never find a single line which says its Allah's will that muslims kill nonmuslims for the sake of killing nonbelievers. I say this as a Jew.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  236. Carolyn Scalise

    It's too bad that with the internet, social media, and the 24 hour news cycle that this small "church" has received world wide attention. But since that is the case, I certainly hope and pray that they stop this horrendous act. Not only is it a very agregious affront to Muslims, but it is completely opposite of Christian values and Jesus' teachings, and completely contrary to our founding belief and laws of freedom of religion.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  237. Max

    Heinrich Heine said "Where one burns books, one will soon burn people." Terry Jones is an example of an American phenomenon. A monority of religious fundamentalist who are proud of their self-imposed ignorance. Instead of picking up a book to learn something new about our world, they burn them. Islam is just as legitimate as Christianity, or any of the other world religions. The cultural and intellectual advancement of America is being hijacked by people like Jones because they enjoy the freedom to be stupid. It woud seem rational that faithful people would be the first to "turn the other cheek" and try to understand an Islamic faith that is so entertwined historically with Christianity.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  238. Terumi

    No matter what our personal beliefs, America still practices the right to our religions. Don't paint everyone with the same brush please.
    I thought we were suppose to teach Paficism in church, love and understanding and forgiveness. Did I miss a lesson?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  239. Wild Bill

    Terry Jones is just another ignorant, stupid jerk. Only fools would follow his poison or give him any forum.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  240. CNN=Quran haters

    No, Jack, its a wonderful idea (sarcasm intended if you need guidance)! In fact, I plan on having a bible burning just across the street to protest the bigotry and hypocricy of these so-called "christians". Anybody interested in giving up the carbon dioxide sequestered in those blasphemous pages to, well, "the heavens", then show up. Look for the sign. Lets burn some scripture!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  241. Danielle

    Freedom of expression does not necessarily give you a license to disrespect and offend other people. Having this special freedom carries with it a responsibility to acknowledge and understand other peoples feelings and to embody the meaning of the First Amendment within the context of what America stands for. Americans condemn and openly disagree with other countries that do not allow their citizens to freely express their faith, yet we are so quick to judge others that are so foreign to us.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  242. Judy

    Dove , what a beautiful symbol of Peace. It also symbolizes the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit. Pastor Jones, you certainly did not do your homework when you chose your church name. I can't see the Holy Spirit in your proposed burning. My suggestion, change your church name before the burn. Only a true "birdbrain" would carry out your plan!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  243. Teresa

    WHY would the news publish something like this? When they know it will harm our soldiers. I am personally appalled, as I have a daughter serving our country – she is stationed in Afghanistan.

    Rev. Jones says he is offended when they burn the flag or the bible. How are two wrongs making a right?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  244. proud

    this is only going add fuel to already burning fire this will put our troops and other Americans who live in other countries in danger this what the extremist want they are waiting for people like terry jones to do stupid things like this so that they can have their weapon of mass hatred towards all American and then we ask ourselves why are we hated by them so much.
    One more thing do not say Muslims do not condemn the act extremists do no human in their right mind would think that's right the fact is media is biased they do not publish things where all Muslims condemn the act of atrocity against innocent people.And people who spew hate towards Muslims how many Muslims do you personally know I bet none get to know some and then be judgmental.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  245. Leslie B., Indianapolis

    I know people have already said this, but I have to add it, too: if this man is offended by Muslims burning the American flag and the Bible, how does stooping to their level do anything positive for anyone? This alleged man of God appears to be willing to make his 15 minutes of fame a higher priority than the lives of our men and women in Afghanistan and other Muslim areas of the world. This is not only contrary to everything Christian, it's just plain stupid.

    Could someone please put this man and his followers on an island, along with the congregation/family of that evil person who pickets military funerals?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  246. chris

    Having the right to burn doesn't necessarily make it right! It is a bad idea in so many ways!
    1)We stand for religious freedom
    2) if we burn the quran we are essentially giving extremists on both sides (Christian and Islamic) fuel to continue to spew hatred and violence
    3) Anyone who condones this has not learned the lessons of 9/11

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  247. Ludmil A.

    Burning books is the last thing a church should do. Period. Reading the comments I cannot but wonder what will it take for many of you to start seeing just a little farther from the US border. Coming from a country which was "peacefully" occupied for some 500 years from the "religion of peace" and the political power of that time I have seen that Islam always goes hand in hand with terror, beheadings, forceful Islamization. Open your eyes, read some history and stop dreaming about peace, harmony and tolerance with Islam because such things do not exist where Islam is.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  248. John Gibson

    Why is the news media promoting the thoughts of this ignorant person and fanning the flames of intollerance and an extremist? Ratings?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  249. Deb in Seminary

    How ironic that the symbol of peace – a dove – is part of the name of this church. Folks, burning the Qur'an or the holy text of any faith is not the way to peace.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  250. Chaney. La.

    The bad thing about this bad idea is that this "pastor" has been give a venue in which to spread his hateful message..... but he probably hears the voice of God telling him that this is a good idea.....he is a bonified "nutcase" and needs a lobotomy.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  251. Paul Anderson

    How sordidly interesting, I wonder if the good reverend and his flock are aware that the Church banned and burned Bibles during the Dark Ages that this also led to needless bloodshed. At the risk of stating the obvious, it wasn't a good idea then, it isn't a good idea now. Somehow this lack of thought leadership and constructive engagement seems an ill fit in either of the two greatest commandments purported to be the pillars of Christian doctrine; sadly it's not the first time.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  252. Peace

    When the Americans will have peace, WHEN?
    For how long they stay fighting for the Israelis cause, let the Israeli army fight its war and scarify their lives there and spent their shackles.
    Let the American get their peace.
    9/11 is a Mossad facilitated attack, and the committee that investigated 9/11 was a JEW committee, the whole truth was masked by NEOCONS (Doglas Fieth, Paul Wolfwitz, Richard Peril,..,…The three Jew who was the deputies of Donald Ramisfield , the EX -secretary of defence sorry of Deception
    Pull all troops back and save the lives of American youths

    September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  253. Sarah

    This pastor and his followers are drawing a bad image about christianity just like the terrorists are doing to Islam. both are encouraging religious intolerance and the spread of hatred in the world!
    Los angeles, CA

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  254. Ed Benedict

    Shame on you Cafferty! You prove terrorism works ! Why do we always have to backdown from these Radicals.Standup and tell them where togo! they can do as the please to us and get away with it.I say take no more of their nonsense such as what went on with the cartoon. It is disgraceful to allow them to scare us and have to turn the other cheek in fear of their reprisals. They are taught death to all infidels, I say death toall of the Radicals.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  255. christina

    Jerry from Florida
    What about all the christinans from america that dont support our country and there religion, or the mormans and jews and catholics, the uni bomber was he muslim?
    The people who were involved in all the school shootings, are they all muslim?
    what about the child molesters?
    the rapist?
    the Murderers?
    Hey I know lets hold a bible burning 8:00 PM at the Morman church because all those people raping and killing children are usually catholic priests?
    How stupid do you sound? Just because one catholic priest raped a child, doesn't mean the rest of the catholic priests should be persecuted.
    just because a christian school teached killed her daughters friend does not mean all christins should be persecuted
    By burning a quran your not only disrespecting the terroists, your disrespecting the whole muslim community, which i am sure you understand.
    I am sorry you are a racist i am sorry that you feel muslims are lesser than you, if you had the ability i am sure you would be a terroist against muslims and that is a sad fact:(

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  256. Thomas Hanson

    This "Christian" pastor apparently has not read or does not understand the teachings of which he professes. I could present countless scriptures to prove otherwise, but many are called and few are chosen. This person is not of the fold of the True Shepherd. The spirit of contention is of the devil. The Savior taught us to love one another. Enmity or hate towards Heavenly Father or man is the root of pride. I will pray for this person to come to his senses and that our troops will be protected due to his wickedness.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  257. Rob

    while it might be somewhat stupid to burn, America is supposed to be a free country, that means if you want to burn books, that you buy, you can. That also includes your flag, there is no such thing as freedom from being offended.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  258. David in Dallas

    Is it a bad idea to build a mosque a block and a half from the world trade center? You can't have it both ways in this country. Freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of speech all include hearing and seeing things that will be offensive to some people. Although surprising that a church wants to, they have the right to burn any books they wish, including Bibles and Qurans.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  259. Mike of Alabama

    Jack,
    As a Christian American I am appalled that this "church" would plan to burn the Quran. It is wrong on so many levels. It is an act of the most extreme hate speech possible for a fourth of the world population. It plays into the hands of terrorists. I think that if they want to burn them they shouldn't hide behind our military. They should go to Saudi Arabia and burn them. That would show me they think they are doing the right thing. Absent of that I think they are cowards or worse. Thanks Jack.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  260. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    The Muslims are prepared to die for there god and kill Americans to honor him would the Christians do the same in the name of an object .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  261. Belle1231

    If a single US soldier is harmed because of Mr. Jones' actions and those of his "church," they should all be charged with treason. How in good conscience can anyone say that burning books is a good thing? Even worse, how twisted is it that men and women who are fighting against terrorism and dictatorships should die so Mr. Jones can have the right to burn the Koran? If Mr. Jones and his church members were the good Christians they claim to be, they'd be too busy praying for the safety of our troops and the souls of their "enemies."

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  262. James

    An unbelieveably bad idea in every respect. It is totally un-Christian to begin with and it reeks of being just a publicity stunt. For shame.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  263. Mark

    I condemn this guy's plan.

    However.

    For all of you saying that Islam is a religion of peace, etc., etc., etc., why can I not visit Mecca?

    That's intolerant.

    I'm not saying that the US's freedoms should be followed elsewhere.

    But, if one wants to call Islam a "nation of peace", the fact that the MAINSTREAM part of its followers will not allow non-Muslims into Mecca is just blatant hypocrisy.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  264. Rick

    I say burn ALL religious texts. That would be the 1st step to getting rid of religion, then many of these problems would cease to exist.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  265. Ken in TN

    Is it inadvisable? Of course, as it is a act which will result in more hatred and anger. I will not say it is "wrong", as wrong sounds too close to improper or illegal, and since this is clearly a legal means to express ones self, as is burning any flag or the Bible. I am more concerned in the fear that some express in its burning, to factor in the fear factor because radical Muslims may commit further acts of terrorism smacks too much like how a bully gets you to give him your lunch money, and cowering to fear would be a greater travesty as we are sending a message that we can be controlled and changed through fear and acts of terrorism.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  266. Heather K

    Much like Osama Bin Laden does not represent me or the majority of Muslims, this church and their actions are not representative of the majority of American Christians. The idea is completely contrary to the teachings of Christianity. It's a ridiculous and pathetic idea.

    Those who talk of Muslims burning Bibles... yeah it may happen but it is also not representative of Islam as a whole. Unlike Christianity where the Quran is foreign to the adherents, the Bible is not foreign to Muslims and Islam. One of the 6 articles of faith in the religion of Islam is the belief that the Bible originally came from Allah, those who disrespect the Bible are ignorant of the faith they claim to practice.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  267. tim

    Burning any book is lunacy....
    Fahrenheit 451

    September 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  268. Josh

    Burn a Quran day is a terrible idea.

    Maybe to counteract we should have 'Print a Quran day'...

    September 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  269. Alex from Montreal

    I honestly cannot believe you consider your viewers obtuse enough to consider this question worthwhile. In no way could this ever be construed as a 'good idea.'

    September 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  270. katiec Pekin, IL

    The media certainly is not blameless.
    They have headlined, sensationalized and not let this issue die.
    You are giving these faithless people what they crave, attention.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  271. Gary

    I say send the pastor to Afghanistan for this book burning and let's see what happens to him there..Since he is such a tough guy who has a point to prove.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  272. Kathy E. - Normal ,Illinois

    Let's go back to the old golden rule 'Two wrongs will never make a right'.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  273. gpl2032

    Even if the Pastor didn't burn the Koran, would this still stop afghani's from killing U.S Troops? Will the burning prevent Islamic terrorist from hitting us again? Will the burning prevent peace in the middle East? Get real. Those animals would still hate us even if this guy didn't do it. Heck, we burn our own flags here, so whats the big deal? I say DO IT!!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  274. Jerimiah

    "Jones says the congregation knows this is an offensive action, but says he's offended when Muslims burn the American flag or the Bible. He claims the church's message is not one of hate and not meant for moderate Muslims, but rather a warning to radical Muslims."

    – Seriously? Mr. Jones, the difference is you're intentionally going to inflame these "radial Muslims" who don't give a rats - what we think. Christians are called to peace, and generally speaking modern day Christians don't react violently if someone makes fun of Jesus.

    Making fun of Mohammad, burning a Quran, or other such things are most certainly going to cause problems. Part of this problem perhaps, is simply that the vast majority of "Christians" don't actually practice their faith (let alone understand or appreciate it). Now, this isn't to say Christians would respond with violence at all. However, if many of them really cared they might perhaps express outrage.

    However, it seems to me that Muslim groups tend to adhere to their faith beliefs more strictly, and commit to them more fully. This may cause some of them to sort of appear radical. However, it's the truly radical ones we have to be concerned with. Some of these fringe groups have plain lost their compassion and forgotten the message of the faith they claim to be a part of.

    Anyhow, I think what this church is doing is a joke really. It serves no real purpose but to incite anger. They know what the results will be, so we'll see whether they actually choose to move forward.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  275. Ali in Ohio

    No! It's a bad idea for a Florida Christian Preacher to burn Qurans on September 11. Most Muslim-Americans had nothing to do with 9/11, just as most Christians had nothing to do with the KKK's terrorist acts against Blacks and Jews or Timothy James McVeigh's Oklahoma bombing of United States Federal Building or Christains murder of millions of Blacks during the slaves days or slaughter of millions of Native Americans, who were virtually wiped out. I believe a better idea would be to give this Christian Preacher a wee wee test to see if he's on drugs. Specifically checking for crack!!

    Muslim-American and American Veteran!! God Bless the USA

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  276. Harry Lime

    This is entirely the fault of the media. This tiny crazy congregation would not be noticed if not for the media, wanting to stir trouble.
    Harry
    Tampa

    September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  277. Michael Mountain

    Hi Mr.Cafferty,
    I wonder why the Islamic world sit unconcerned while Churches are bombed and christians harassed in many parts of their world and then turn around to blame the U.S Govt for not doing enough to Prevent Pastor Jones burning event,even though almost 90% of U.S Citizen are against this Inciteful act of Pastor Jones.Their reaction to such things like The Mohammed drawing gives course for concern.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  278. Robert W. North Carolina

    Not a good idea. I understand the feelings behind the action but the desired result will not occur. This burning will not make the American people or the American government more aware of the perceived silent invasion. It will only hurt their cause. They should shock the world and change their minds in favor of a prayer visual for the lost souls that are entrenched in radical Islam.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  279. Evan

    Yes. Because the inevitable results will again highlight the vast chasm between Western values and the intolerant and violent excesses of conservative Islam. This will force Westerners to take a long hard look at Islam and understand that as a matter of policy the West needs to encourage moderate muslims to begin some form of internal reformation of their religion which would render obsolete some of it's more primitive and destructive parts.
    Oh and I believe that if one travels to Saudi Arabia with a Bible and it is discovered at the airport they will destroy it there.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  280. Kiarash

    I wonder if that Church knows that the Quran has the name of Jesus mentioned in it more then anything else. Basically they are burning a book with the name of their own prophet written all over it...Ignorance is not always bliss!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  281. twiddly

    From Golden, CO –

    Maybe we should burn 3 bibles for every koran that they burn.
    And then Dove World will up the ante, and so will the muslims and on and on, and then maybe in a few weeks or months all the bibles and korans the world over will be ashes.

    And then _maybe_ we can have some peace?
    Please?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  282. Neeneko

    Depends on what goal one has.

    This event will cause his followers to follow closely, potentially get new ones, get waves of support from certain people, and will probably increase sales of his book. The increased publicity is not designed to convince or convert people, but to appeal to those who already agree with him.

    So increased power, and increased wealth. Sounds like it is a good idea for him.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  283. Shannon

    This group in Florida is an extremist group, no different that the extremist of other religions, including Islam. Let them partake in their ignorant acts, as the other extremists have done, and call it a day. If we continue to give them media coverage and the national spotlight, we are indirectly fueling their efforts. Like many have commented already, we are a nation built on the idea of freedom of religion, and we would be contradicting ourselves to force this Florida group to do otherwise. What we can do however, is prove to the vast majority of the religious who can make rational decisions that we accept all faiths and let them decide for themselves if this group in Florida actually represents our society.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  284. Z

    In 1821the German poet Heinrich Heine wrote “Where books are burnt, in the end people are also burnt.” These words can now be seen on a plaque at the site where Nazis burned more than 20,000 books in 1933.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  285. JeSilver

    Jack, your "pastor" is no way near as smart as a 5th grader!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  286. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    If we get attacked for this book burning and Christians are killed what are we too do say were sorry and we wont misbehave again .

    September 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  287. A. Rice

    Why is your religion better than someone else's religion? What is prayer? Is there only one prayer that is heard? What is evil? Who defines it and who determines who will make it to the other side?
    Who are the pure in heart? You may be superised in the end.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  288. cityboy

    Of course it is a bad idea. How often do you hear that people overseas burning the bible? yes, they burn American flags, but they never burn the bible. 911 had nothing to do with american Muslims, because none of the highjackers were american muslims, so why we are offending them so much on daily basis..

    September 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  289. kr

    Think of the trees.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  290. Dave Oliver, Hemet Ca

    Please remember a basic tenet of Christianity... love your neighbor as God loves you!

    September 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  291. jss

    We saw the protests brought by publishing a cartoon of the prophet Mohammad. I don't expect that the world-wide virulent reaction by Muslims will be any different for "Burn a Koran Day". Like the publishing of that cartoon, burning Korans will stir additional violence from Muslims. My oldest son is a Sergeant in the US Army and is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Burning Korans will place him and the other 120,000+ of our boys and allies over there in additional and unnecessary danger. For that reason, "Burn a Koran Day" is a bad idea and shouldn't carried out.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  292. Patrick

    A woman is shown "mercy" when her sentence of stoning is commuted to 99 lashes............but the american left is in an uproar over some isolated yokel burning a Koran.

    Have to love it.

    The story isn't some isolated yokel expressing his (protected) opinions, the story is we've become cowtowed by Islamic intimidation.

    We've become so afraid that some half literate religious fanatic will lash out that we are self censoring our dialog. That's pathetic.

    If there were calls for respecting religious symbols all around, I would listen. But that's just not the case. This is fear of backlash. This is submitting to cultural intimidation.

    There wasn't this level of uproar when dude put a crucifix in urine and called it art. It was even government funded. But suddenly everyone is getting offended by an attack on a religious symbol?

    That's cowardice, people. Sheer cowardice.

    Muslims need to learn to take dissent in stride. Threatening violence over every slight is unacceptable. Tolerating this sort of offensive nonsense is part of living in and open and free society.

    No one would care about this story if they weren't afraid of violent repercussions from the religion of peace. It wouldn't even make local news, let alone national.

    We are not wrong for allowing some fundy yokel to burn korans. We allow that sort of thing. Even our own flag. That's who we are. If they can't deal with that, they have no place in a pluralistic society.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  293. Scott S

    Has anyone answered that it is a good idea? first the mosque in New York, now Holy Book burning in Floriduh. God, whoever he, she or it is must be heartbroken by this kind of un-Godly, disgraceful, sub-human behavior. The rise, or exposure of racism and predjudice that has occured, since the election of our President, makes me ashamed to be an American. Of course it is a terrible idea. Hello?

    September 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  294. WTF?

    Geez! listen to all you bleeding hearts, how many times can I kick you in the face and get away with it? This is "exactly" why they continue to attack everything American, because we are sooooo sensitive to the Muslim community,wouldn't want to step on their little bomb making toes.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  295. Nell, South Carolina

    This "church" has done more to increase anti-American terrorism than bin Laden could ever have done. Give them an 'A' for stupidity.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  296. Samomaha

    Burn the Quran? Well, let's see how Mr. Jones and the nation react if we proffer to burn the Bible. What an offensively fascist suggestion this presumptive Florida church has made. It's almost enough to make one ashamed of one's own country that anyone could suggest this.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  297. Sean Goda

    Extremism comes in many forms, even if it is behind the guise of a Cross.
    This brand of intolerance shadow's the ideal Christianity is trying to convey, and broadcast's to the world that "People of other faiths, namely Islam, are not tolerated." This is shameful, unfounded, and based on a muddled rhetoric that's only purpose is to breed hate and fear.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  298. roger

    They ought to throw in a few bibles too.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  299. Phil Welch

    It's unclear how alienating 100% of the World's Moslems by burning the Quran purposedly intended to send a message to the less than 1% that are extremest seems extremely unwise.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  300. Matthew Sesneck

    Muslims must expect a backlash when they show such an overwhelming lack of human compassion and attempt to build an offensive "victory mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. Everyone knows that the "victory mosque" will be a pilgrimage site for every Extremist Muslim in the world. Americans will only be pushed so far. Now Muslims will have to endure "Religious Freedom" directed right back at them.

    Furthermore, American Generals should be relieved of duty for making defeatist statements in public. American Generals showing fear in the international media will endanger troops far more than any koran burning.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  301. Of Course it is

    Obviously it is a bad idea. it does bring to light something to think about though. Where is the outrage from all these nations and Muslims when something as bad or worse is done in the name of Islam. If there could be a silver lining for the world to talk about.. this would be it. Unfortunately we learned that values aren't shared when Cartoons of Muhammed we drawn in Europe for this same type of thought provoking issue.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  302. jamal mays

    I absolutely displease this highly foolish act. Now we can only hope that we don't get in war with all muslims. Its not fair to our troops and muslims. Terry Jones reponse means nothing to me but a insult.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  303. Shirley Miller

    Book-burning (shades of Nazi Germany), and a holy book, yet! This pastor has stirred up a hornet's nest. How many of the world's population will be stung by this? The news of his words and possible upcoming actions has already reached around the world.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  304. Jay Barnett

    There is no defense under the Gospel of Jesus Christ for defiling someone else's religious text. Arguing that it's wrong? Certainly, but not offending another just to offend them.

    That said, the protest, however I may disagree with it, is an exercise of free expression, and we should never squelch that simply because there might be a violent backlash from a bunch of warped people.

    This is America, and protecting minority dissent is exactly what we're about.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  305. Darin in PA

    It is about as good an idea as trying to put out a fire in your home by dousing a can of gasoline on it.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |