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International consequences of “Burn a Koran Day”

September 7, 2010, 6:09 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

When Gen. Petraeus told reporters yesterday that the “International Burn a Koran Day” planned by the Dove World Outreach Center (the most tragically ironic congregation name ever) for this weekend will endanger the lives of U.S. personnel and strengthen the Taliban, he focused attention not only on the propaganda function of this hateful display, but also highlighted its potentially deadly consequences. Further fleshing out the danger posed by the burning, Rev. Tim Ahrens (an FPL board member) filed a blog post from Egypt, where he’s currently staying with American missionaries:

This action will not only endanger our troops, it will endanger the fragile relationships between Muslims and American missionaries, Peace Corp Workers, Medical workers, diplomats, teachers, students, tourists and Holy Land pilgrims.

Anglicans, Copts, Evangelical Christians and so many others all say the same thing. They KNOW the radical elements of Islam will respond to this action. The reaction will be swift, violent and I believe will bring harm to innocent men, women, and children. One Dutch Christian said, “When our papers had a caricature of Mohammed, the reaction was violent. To burn the Qur’an will bring a much greater reaction against Americans, especially Christians.”

The potential for violence also threatens Muslims around the world. The majority of the fatalities in the demonstrations and riots following the publication of the Mohammed cartoons in a Danish newspaper several years ago were caused by police firing into crowds in Muslim countries. All of these threats underscore the importance of putting news coverage in accurate contact, as the Council on American Islamic Relations urged the media to do last week, when they sent out a press release stating in part

“Just as all Muslims should not be blamed for the actions of a few extremists, neither should all Christians or all Americans be blamed for the intentionally offensive actions of the Dove World Outreach Center. Pastor Terry Jones represents nothing but an extremist fringe.”

“Media professionals have a responsibility to put this publicity stunt in its proper context in their reports and commentaries.”

One Response to “International consequences of “Burn a Koran Day””

  1. Dorine Pratt says:

    As I sought a way this evening to privately contact Rev. Jones, none of the direct contacts for the Dove Outreach Church would connect? So, I will write the Pastor here in a less then private way in hopes someone from his congregation may read it.

    As a genetic Jew being raised as a Lutheran, I had no idea what “speaking in tongues” was about when it developed at the age of eight naturally in “speaking to God” with me. So, I feel I am familiar with the idea that all of us are on an individual journey towards complete loving obedience to whatever God wants us to do in His Creation. The mystery of this “walk” is documented in both the Old and New Testaments; and, I recognize Rev. Jones feels as if he is doing God’s Will in God’s absolute appropriate Time in his choice to burn a book considered the final testament of God on earth by billions of people.

    I personally feel that all sacred texts should pass a test in it’s original form such as detailed in “The Bible Code.” It would be interesting to put the Quran to such a test and see how it fairs? Of course Christians, Jews and Muslims all accept the Sacredness of the text that has alread passed such a test. Has anyone put this prophetic book to such rigorous effort? I don’t know.

    I have always wondered without language skills how “perfect” the human interpretation of my own “Living Word” is and understand that without interpretation by the Holy Spirit in my heart, my mind can so easily go astray. I do know that God is not personally asking me to carry out burning of the Quran as a statement of its original spirital influence.

    I would call upon the way Our Savior…and He is the Savior of all mankind…whether He is recognized as such or not…always spoke with compassion of “sheep who are lead astray” by spiritual leadership. And I do see Muslims seeking that personal relationship with Mercy no different then myself. I pray that they discover the Truth of that whether in this life or the next.

    I would ask Rev. Jones to watch “Paradise Now” presently on DVD, and listen to NPR’s Fresh Air of 9/7/10 for an updated mental understanding of what is involved in those who chose to become suicide bombers, and what influences them in that decision like those involved in the 9/11 attack. My soul responds with compassion and not confrontation even with Christians who I feel are being lead into untruth rather then Truth.

    It is the manipulation of someone’s human need and not the influence of a wrongful interpretation of a spiritual book that is the root of terror attacks today. I don’t even know what percentage of Muslims are literate so they can even read the test personally and not get a distorted interpretation from a spiritual leader? Don’t forget the Roman Catholic Church considered it blasphomous when Martin Luther had Holy Text translated into German so the common man could read it for himself, and not hear it only from interpretation through the priesthood? How different is the Muslim situation today for perhaps millions?

    Go “only” with God…Shalom…my brother in Christ the Light of the World.

    Dorine Pratt