WWJD? Not This

Perhaps you’ve been following the story of a small church in Florida that plans on holding a “Burn a Koran” event this Saturday to protest the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In case you missed it, you can view a recap of the story here.

In a nutshell, despite pleadings from the State Department and the top US General in the Middle East, Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center plans to go ahead with his event. Here’s what General Petraeus had to say about it:

“Images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence.”

An interfaith group of evangelical, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim leaders also condemn the plan:

“This is not the America that we all have grown to love and care about. We have to stand up for our Muslim brothers and sisters and say, “This is not OK.’” – Rabbi Steve Gutow of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Pastor Jones has not been granted a fire permit, but remains undeterred. His lawyers say the First Amendment gives him the right to burn copies of the Koran.

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