Burning Quran endangers troops

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Burning Quran endangers troops
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:40am

KABUL, Afghanistan – The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Tuesday an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops in the country and Americans worldwide.


Meanwhile, NATO reported the death of an American service member in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.


The comments from Gen. David Petraeus followed a protest Monday by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center — a small, evangelical Christian church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy — to burn copies of the Quran on church grounds to mark the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States that provoked the Afghan war.


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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 7:34pm

I do think that certain groups, when singled out for ridicule or defilement draw more attention from the media, while others suffer similar mistreatment or harm and barely gets a mention. We have a mini uproar over a church of 50, led by a publicity seeker, planning to burn the Quran...in other areas muslims behead or execute Christian aid workers or school children and not enough attention is given to that nastiness. Please note, for those looking to brand me as this or that, these examples were the first ones to come to mind...not that I am strictly anti muslim.


Sonny

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 7:37pm

Yep.

Deborah

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Registered: 01-05-2003
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 7:41pm

I wish that the fact that most of us are against this, regardless of our religion, would get more press.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/Vox-News/2010/0907/CNN-covered-interfaith-call-to-oppose-Koran-burning.-Who-didn-t

CNN covered interfaith call to oppose Koran burning. Who didn't?

Cable news outlets showed limited interest Tuesday afternoon in a press conference where church leaders from a variety of faiths called for a united front against Koran burning and other aspects of Islamophobia.

Despite the passions stirred by the Islamic center near ground zero and a plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11, cable news outlets showed limited interest Tuesday afternoon in a press conference where church leaders from a variety of faiths called for a united religious front against perceived examples of Islamophobia.

The Islamic Society of North America organized a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington where leaders from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths argued against what organizers called “an atmosphere of fear and intolerance” toward Islam.

C-SPAN and CNN carried the interfaith press conference live. Fox News Channel had no coverage, but instead had commentator Lou Dobbs holding forth on President Obama and the “sad isolated state this president has put himself in.” Meanwhile, MSNBC offered talking heads discussing Mr. Obama’s latest plans to spur the economy.

At the interfaith press conference, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archibishop of Washington, said the growth of anti-Islamic sentiment was a “powerful moment that calls for a powerful response.” Cardinal McCarrick added, “our message is a message of working together.”

The Rev. Richard Cizik, representing the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, said “shame on you” to those who would burn another religion’s sacred texts. He was referencing plans by the Christian minister of a church in Gainesville, Fla., to burn copies of the Koran. He added, “you bring dishonor to the name of Jesus Christ.”

Opposition to the New York Islamic center is widespread in the US, even among those who would support a mosque in their own neighborhood, according to a poll released Aug. 26 by the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service. Nearly 60 percent of Americans surveyed opposed building an Islamic center or mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, but 76 percent of those polled would support a mosque in their own community.

The strongest opposition to the New York project came from Republicans (85 percent opposed) and white evangelicals (75 percent opposed). The poll was based on telephone interviews of 1,005 US adults between Aug. 20 and 22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, which has an anti-Islamic philosophy, told the Associated Press he would go ahead with plans to burn the Koran this weekend to protest the 9/11 terrorist attacks. General David Petraeus, the top US general in Afghanistan, has said the Koran burnings could endanger American troops.

“Images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan – and around the world – to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” Petraeus said in an email to the AP.

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 7:41pm

That WOULD help, wouldnt it??? I also hear that some loosening of the rules of engagement might be beneficial, as well.


Sonny

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Registered: 04-09-2007
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:06pm

Tolerance, unity, and condemnation of the hateful isn't "news".


This is the problem - the reason it's news is because it is outrageous.

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Registered: 05-26-2009
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:14pm

Have these beheadings happened in America? If so and the media has ignored them then I would be outraged. This buring of Qurans

Chrissy


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Registered: 04-07-2003
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:24pm

Wow...you have taken THAT a bit to the extreme exaggeration, havent you?***


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Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 9:22pm
ooooh....on a roll lately agreeing with you!

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Registered: 07-15-2010
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 9:30pm

Anyone who feels that beheadings are only worthy of media attention if they occur in America ought to watch one.

Either the Nick Berg or Daniel Pearl beheadings would hopefully change their mind.




Edited 9/7/2010 9:38 pm ET by gripcon
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Registered: 08-14-2010
Tue, 09-07-2010 - 9:35pm
I don't know why this was posted to me.

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