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When the Dove World Outreach Center announced last month that it would commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by staging a burning of the Koran, Islam's holy book, it seemed to confirm the Gainesville, Fla.-based church as a fringe element even among Christian fundamentalists.

That reputation was solidified Tuesday night when CNN reported that Dove's pastor, Terry Jones, had accepted an offer from a militia group called Right Wing Extreme to send between 500 and 2,000 men on September 11 to protect the congregation "in light of the death and terror threats we have received."

But early Wednesday morning even Right Wing Extreme decided the Koran-burning wasn't a good idea and withdrew its offer in a statement that emphasized that the main reason for balking is that it might hurt efforts to convert Muslims to Christianity.

"After much thought and prayer the organization's leadership determined this event does not glorify GOD in way that leads the lost to Jesus Christ," the militia said.

It blamed the "liberal media" for trying to "distract, divide, and enrage the public," and said the folks at Dove World Outreach Center remain "our brothers and sisters in Christ."

"However we ask that they not hold this event for the reason that it may diminish the work of the Holy Spirit to witness to Muslims. America is a nation founded on the Bible. Capitalism, our form of government, our laws and our freedoms come directly from the Bible," it said.

Posters on Right Wing Extreme's website were divided on the move, but Pastor Jones at Dove World Outreach reiterated his determination to go forward with the book-burning even without the protection of Right Wing Extreme.

"I can only come to the conclusion -- it seems very, very obvious -- they . . . have bowed to fear or to pressure from other organizations, other groups," Jones told CNN.

But he said the point of the event is too important to back down now: "This is sending a clear warning to radical Islam that they are not welcome in America."

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LEO & PATTY JEAN

I don't understand how people don't blink an eye when they hear of abortions and killing babies, but everyone's up in arms about the burning of a book? Oh my........

September 08 2010 at 8:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
puzzleguy1

This may come as a surprise to at least some folks, but the Old Testament and the Koran are almost identical. Both texts believe that after Adam and Eve, Abraham was the father of us all and that includes the peoples who embraces Islam as their religion. It is also likely to surprise some folks when they learn that we were NOT founded as a "Christian nation", but rather as a secular one that embraces all religions. The "Christian nation" myth has been promulgated by religionists in the US to further a political agenda that includes legislating certain aspects of THEIR morality (e.g. no abortions, no gay marriage). The Founding Fathers, with great wisdom, knew that religion and politics were a BAD mix.

September 06 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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vedamommy76

its also very interesting that christians and muslims technically serve the same god...but nobody seems to care about that

September 09 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lwmfrank@yahoo.com

what's in a name? Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet? Would a "Christian" by any other name still be as mean-minded and vicious? Talk about "Mark of the Beast" - here it is, live, full size, 3-dimensional technicolor!. I would think that, given the world's history, and given all the down-right silly laws that have been passed by Congress and other legislative bodies, that there is not a law somewhere, against book-burning. These folks are too busy "hating", to advance out of their brute ignorance.Muslims consider the Koran to be the third book of the Bible. Book-burning was a Hitler (and numerous other vicious despotic indivisuals') trademark". All the fancy words aboutChristianity don't obscure the fact that Pastor Jones and his followers are stuck in the stupidity of the 14th through 17th century. Maybe they can round up a couple of witches to barbeque, while they're at it. This kind of "Christian" is one of a number of things that are wrong with rightwing so-called "Christianity". You know; there really SHOULD be a law against burning someone's flag, and against burning someone's religious writings.

August 25 2010 at 10:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jspe7

wow----- America is a nation founded on the Bible. That is startling news to me, when I review the things that were done by the so-called "Christians" Where does it say in the Bible that people were to come to the new-found land and slaughter the "savages they found here (men, women and CHILDREN0 and once they had subdued them, the "Christians" then must have gone to the part of the Bible which said---" now you must go to Africa" and bring back the necessary free labor to profit from these lands. And they did, and some of the slaves were not happy and tried to run away, and when they did their "owners" either hung them or sold their children as a lesson to not disobey the "BIBLE" Somehow I just cannot find it in the Bible, where an American president was ordered to lie, then attack another nation that did nothing to us, and Kill 100,000 of their innocent men, women and CHILDREN This must all be in the Bible, I just cannot find it

August 25 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
ilove1read

ABSOLUTELY WRONG! We should NEVER drop to the actions of the lowest denominator!

August 25 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
whiskyworm

Radical Muslims... Radical Christians... Is there any difference??? Sadly, many seem to feel that they own and follow the Bible, when is not the lesson that Jesus loves every human equally??? Yet, you know these radical Christians have no issue killing Muslims. Seems to me that RELIGIONS are the problem, well, their followers in study. To burn the Koran, a 600 younger book written as a follow up to the Bible with many of the same characters is purely hateful, naive, vindictive, and disrespectful. Why would anyone respect these peoples' Bible when they disrespect another book of the same vain? OH, and this country has separation of church and State... Leave your Bible out of it!

August 25 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
bellerophon85a

I agree we don't need public book burnings. If you want to dispose of books you have a problem with, do it on your own.

August 25 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

The Bible teaches us to be " Christ Like ", not Islamist like.

August 25 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
dtconch1

Thank you for reporting this "important" information; or should we call it ammunition. This country becomes more bizarre by the minute! The founders are rolling over in their graves.

August 25 2010 at 1:23 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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