Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center will not be moved. His "International Burn a Koran(Quran) Day" bonfire is set for Sept. 11, nine years after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
Gen. David Petraeus issued a warning to Rev. Jones earlier today, saying "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."
The Associated Press reports that Rev. Jones still refuses to cancel his anti-Islam demonstration despite the odds Muslim extremists will use it the way Gen. Petraeus describes. He suggested that cancelling his Quran-burning plans would be backing down to them.
And while some prominent politicians and pundits are remaining oddly silent on the issue of burning Qurans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, others are not. For every quiet Sarah Palin, there is an openly critical Glenn Beck. The White House has roundly condemned the idea as well.
The city of Gainesville, FL itself plans to counter the Dove World Outreach Center's plans with a day focused on interfaith understanding and outreach. The Gainesville Sun said that the mayor has declared Sept. 11 "Interfaith Solidarity Day."
Another idea for balancing the hatred and book-burning being planned by the Dove World Outreach Center would be to declare Sept. 11 "Buy a Quran Day." One less copy in the hands of a tiny church whose impact on the global scene far exceeds its worth. One more copy in the hands of someone who knows that burning a book, any book, is an offense to freedom of speech. Book-burning says that the words on the page are only worth tinder.
Even if a book is a tawdry novel or nonsense screed written by a guy wearing a tinfoil hat, the words do not deserve to be burned. And when doing it may risk thousands of lives, it's even more foolish to move forward. People may not be able to stop the Dove World Outreach Center from having its hateful party. But buying a Quran the day they burn them will help balance the scales, if only a little.
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