Florida Church planning to burn Qurans on 9/11

Tom Mendelsohn

dove 205x300 Florida Church planning to burn Qurans on 9/11A Florida church is planning to burn a stack of Qurans on 11th September this year, in a tasteful effort to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre.

The Dove World Outreach Center, a non-denominational church in Gainesville, is charmingly trying to rebrand 9/11 as International Burn A Koran Day. If you’re interested, there’s a Facebook group for it. The info tab has a succinct little mission statement, which you may find illuminative:

Mission: To bring to awareness to the dangers of Islam and that the Koran is leading people to hell. Eternal fire is the only destination the Koran can lead people to so we want to put the Koran in it’s place – the fire!

The Dove Center, which describes itself as ‘a New Testament Church – based on the Bible, the Word of God’, has a bit of a history of making, shall we say, provocative statements about Islam. Its pastor and proprietor Dr Terry Jones recently published a sober treatise entitled Islam Is Of The Devil, while he also has a history of opposing things like homosexuality, same-sex marriage and abortion. If anyone is in Gainsville on 2nd August, for instance, you might like to swing by the City Hall at lunch time and join in the fun at the church’s ‘No Homo Mayor’ protest.

And in case anyone else was wondering what they really felt, they also have a massive sign outside their church, also saying ‘Islam Is Of The Devil’:

It’s all deeply unpleasant, of course, and easy to mock, but unpleasant anti-Islam sentiments like these really do seem to be on the rise in the US. There’s a huge battle going on in New York over whether an entirely benign Muslim community centre – which would also contain a mosque – can be built near Ground Zero, for instance, while a mosque in Jacksonville, also in Florida, was firebombed earlier this year. It’s getting easier to draw parallels between the rise of the religious right and these kinds of tensions, and I really wouldn’t like to say we’ve reached their height, either, not by a long shot: brace yourselves for a good deal more of this unpleasantness as the new American right grows its fangs.

The Dove World Outreach Center, meanwhile, was subjected to an expose about the way it pays its taxes last year in The Gainesville Sun, while they were investigated for potential financial impropriety in March this year. It hasn’t really taken the wind out of their sails, however. You’ll note that, in the picture above, Dr Jones has a picture of himself flanked by Abraham Lincoln and George Washington – a little detail I’ll let speak for itself. His Youtube channel – named, without even a pinch of hubris, the Braveheart Show – is worth a watch if, like me, you relish the demagoguery of hateful maniacs.

Image credit: Idiots Walk Among Us

  • Strategic Default

    Considering Bush/Cheney facilitated 911 after the Taliban went to Texas in 1997 and refused the Unocal Corporation pipeline to Halliburton Investments, this is downright stupid.

  • David T. Hamilton

    In relation to Wayne’s comment about the Bible in the Courthouse; how about a little understanding folks?! Can’t we all just get along?

  • peaceworld

    This is some of Islam devil teaching :

    1 – ((you are not a muslim if you go to sleep with your belly full and your neighbour is hungry))

    2- ((smiling in the face of your brother is a charity))

    3-((The pardise is beneath the legs of your mother)) is this a devil teaching ??

    < the problem with the christians is that they did not know anything about Islam and they never read the Coran they only know Ibn Laden and Talban and they are affected by the Media and they think that Islam is bloodshiding and killing!!! Islam mean in arabic ((salam)) ((peace))we are the only non christian religion that glorify Jesus and Mary God bless them both.

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