In an expression of red-blooded all-American patriotism, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Fl is planning to burn Korans on 9/11.
The Center is a small, evangelical "Christian" church. From a blog on the church's website:
In a blog on the church's website, writer Fran Ingram offered the groups’ reasoning for burning the Koran, arguing that it is not God's word and denies Jesus is the son of God, that Islam is totalitarian and that the religion teaches idolatry, paganism, rites and rituals.
"We are using this act to warn about the teaching and ideology of Islam, which we do hate as it is hateful. We do not hate any people, however. We love, as God loves, all the people in the world and we want them to come to a knowledge of the truth," the blog reads.
Other writings by the same blogger include headlines like "Islam is Cursed by Cursing Israel" and "The Koran: A Sorcerer's Scroll."
I guess we can all thank whatever God/god/gods we worship that Fran and friends, in their "Christian" ardor, are selective literalists when it comes to their own Bible.
Otherwise, I'd be a good candidate for a good old-fashioned stoning. I just checked. The shirt I'm wearing is made of two different fabrics. Cotton and some synthetic.
Gen'rul Petraeus isn't too happy about it, either. He expects that the lunatic Islamic fundies will lose their minds over the burnings, that the burnings will incite a wave of anti-American sentiment - as though they need an excuse. But Petraeus has a point.
Washington is "deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups."
I expect the 'rightie-tighties' response to that would be some drivel about Muslims not worrying about offending "Christians". But all that does is reduce Americans to the same level as whackjob Islamic fundies. Which, come to think on it, is right about where "Christian" fundies float. The same level. Good thing we have all that secular Rule of Law stuff, ain't it, to keep 'em from going off the deep end and going about stoning everyone who doesn't agree with them.