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Anti-Muslim Bigotry Intensifies in U.S. RULE Qur'an Burnings

Posted: August 27, 2010

Targeting Mosques
Anti-Muslim Statements
Qur'an Burnings
Legislative Proposals
Physical Assaults

The following is a sampling of reported incidents related to the burning of Qur'ans.


January 1, 2011: Stand Up America Now, the Web site belonging to Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, posted an announcement on YouTube that the church will host "International Judge the Koran Day" on March 20, 2011. Jones invited the public to vote via Facebook on the "execution" of the book, if it is found guilty of "murder, rape, deception, being responsible for terrorist activities all around the world," for which it stands accused. Jones offers the alternatives of burning, drowning, shredding "into little bitty pieces," or execution by firing squad.


September 12, 2010: In Knoxville, Tennessee, a desecrated Qur'an was found on the sidewalk outside of the Annoor Mosque, also known as the Muslim Community of Knoxville. According to reports, the Qur'an appeared to be partially burned and shot with a firearm.  


September 12, 2010: A burned copy of the Qur'an was reportedly found in a trash can outside the Islamic Society of San Francisco. San Francisco police are investigating the incident.


September 11, 2010: In Topeka, Kansas, the Westboro Baptist Church carried out the burning of the Qur'an, as well as an American flag. In a statement by the Westboro Baptist Church on their Web site titled, "God hates Muslims," the group stated that since Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center was "bullied" into cancelling his Qur'an burning, they would move forward with the event. The statement read, "Like priests-rape-boys Catholicism, Islam is just another false religious system with a pedophile as its prophet. You're not supposed to be finding common ground with idolatrous perverts, but throwing down their altars, as God instructed!...Your destruction is imminent."


September 11, 2010: During a protest organized by Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) outside the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City, a man ripped pages from a Qur'an lit them on fire. The man reportedly said, "If they can burn American flags, I can burn the Qur'an. [Americans] should never be afraid to give their opinion." At the same time, another unidentified man standing a few blocks from the SIOA rally ripped pages from a Qur'an and offered them to individuals walking by as "toilet paper," according to reports.   


September 11, 2010: A burned Qur'an was reportedly discovered on the walkway outside of the Islamic Center of East Lansing. Torn and burned pages of the Qur'an were found at the site, including some that appeared to be smeared with feces.


September 11, 2010: In Springfield, Illinois, two local Christian pastors, Reverends Bob Old and Danny Allen, burned Qur'ans in a backyard. Before they set Qur'ans on fire, Rev. Old told reporters, "It's about faith, it's about love, but you have to have the right book behind you. This is a book of hate, not a book of love."


September 11, 2010: In Amarillo, Texas, David Grisham, director of a local Christian anti-gay activist group, planned to burn a Qur'an at a public gathering. The group, called Repent Amarillo, states on its Web site that its goal is "to deter promiscuity, homosexuality and non-Christian worship practices through confrontation and prayer." Before Grisham had a chance to set the Qur'an on fire, a young man at the gathering grabbed the book and gave it to a leader of the Islamic Center of Amarillo.


September 10, 2010: In Cheyenne, Wyoming, Duncan Philp of the Wyoming Tyranny Response Team said he planned to burn a copy of the Qur'an on the steps of the State Capitol on the next day. Although it did not take place, Philp had said the planned act was meant to protest the location of a proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City. Philp reportedly said, "They are not building that mosque out of love for my culture or love of the victims of 9-11 but for political reasons."


July 2010: Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center announced that his congregation in Gainesville, Florida, would hold an "International Burn a Koran Day" on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jones explained the Dove Center's rationale for the act on his Web site: "We do this to expose Islam for what it is - a violent, oppressive religion that lie [sic] and deceives the people and is leading them to hell." The planned protest was cancelled the day before it was set to take place.

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