Wrong, Wrong, Wrong...Not only wrong, but endangering to troops and domestic responders.
That's what I have to say to the Dove World Outreach Church on their plans to burn copies of the Quran on September 11, 2010. They have a top-ten list of reasons why they should partake in this act, too. I've read the list and find each one of the reasons given by this church...well, less than impressive. Click here for a link to their blog/top-ten list.
Dove World Outreach Church, self-described as nondenominational, plans to burn copies of the Quran as part of its "international burn a Quran day"in honor of September 11. This group invites all Christians to participate, calling Islam "the work of the devil", according to this article from CNN.com
Think what you want, I don't care. But burning a holy book (even if its not reflective of your beliefs) is flat out wrong.
My message to the Dove World Outreach Church is; please reconsider your planned action. Your intent on burning copies of the Quran will only incite deeper polarization between extremist groups. Your actions may well be the catalyst that tips the balance and results in retaliation, cries of bigotry, and escalation of violence. Read more of my comments previously posted (Mosque) and Tipping on the Point in Mitigation Journal. These may well be the actions that spark domestic terrorism in this country.
The responders and public will be in the middle. As will our troops around the world. CNN.com notes that this type of activity will "jeopardize the safety of our men and women that are serving over here in the country..."
Burning copies of the Quran is akin to Nazis marching on Main Street U.S.A and waving a swastika flag. Nothing good will come from this...it will not stop the Ground Zero Mosque from being built.
The Bible, the Torha, the Quran...just a few of the Holy books people on this earth hold sacred. They all deserve respect.
(note: the Dove World Outreach spelled Quran with a K -Kuran, other references all use Quran)