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Old 09-09-2010, 09:12 AM   #226
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Sarah Palin is speaking out against a plan put forth by a Florida-based church to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The former Alaska governor outlined her position on the contentious issue in a message posted to her Facebook page Wednesday evening.

"Book burning is antithetical to American ideals," she wrote. "People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation -- much like building a mosque at Ground Zero."

Even in the wake of criticism, Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center -- who is organizing the demonstration -- signaled that he has no intention of backing down on his controversial plan earlier this week.

Palin directly addressed Jones in the statement she issued on the matter:

I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don't feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.

In an unusual twist, Palin's stance aligns with that of many prominent figures in the Obama administration -- from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod and Attorney General Eric Holder.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:18 AM   #227
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Hannity interviewed Terry "of the devil" Jones yesterday, and it was probably the only time I ever heard Hannity sound like a decent guy. Too bad it took a raging attention whore asshole to do that...
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:05 AM   #228
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Not only is it wrong to burn the Koran, it is an act of hatred. Terry Jones does not represent the Christian Faith. He is a fringe, cult leader of fifty members. No mainstream Christian church, regardless of denomination wants anything to do with this and all have denounced it.

As a Christian who believes that all good people go to heaven. Regardless of faith. This planned evil crime, is very offensive to me.

Perhaps, on 9/11. Mr. Jones should re-read the Koran with an open mind and loving heart. That is what I plan to do. I am already reading the book of Maryam/Mary.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:22 AM   #229
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The former Alaska governor outlined her position on the contentious issue in a message posted to her Facebook page Wednesday evening.

"Book burning is antithetical to American ideals," she wrote.
Wow, could it be that Sarah Palin is putting aside her rampant political opportunism to just make a rational, non-political point for once?

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"People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation -- much like building a mosque at Ground Zero."
Guess not.
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By Niels Sorrells
Religion News Service

Berlin (RNS) A German congregation founded by the Florida preacher who has sparked global controversy with plans to burn Qurans on 9/11 says it has had nothing to do with the preacher since 2008, denouncing him as "violent and fanatical."

The Rev. Terry Jones has drawn international criticism with his plans to burn Qurans during services at his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

In the 1980s, Jones formed the Christian Community of Cologne, a charismatic Christian church in a heavily Catholic part of Germany that, at one point, claimed 800 members, reported dpa, the German Press Agency.

However, Jones was ousted from the church in 2008 over financial irregularities and personality clashes, according to the report. The church now has between 60 and 80 members.

"We are distancing ourselves from these actions and don't want to be connected to them," Stephan Baar, a church official, told dpa.

Other members also made it clear that they no longer wish to have contact with Jones.

"Thank God we no longer have anything to do with him," said Diana Breuel, who has been active with the church for six years.

Dpa cited church members who said Jones tried to run the Cologne church like a sect leader and applied psychological pressure on its members, subordinating all activities to his will.

"He wasn't the kind of pastor who did everything and took care of everyone," said Breuel.

Baar added: "He didn't project the biblical values and Christianity, but always made himself the center of everything."

In 2002, Jones was fined 3,000 euros by a German court for using the title of "doctor" under false pretenses. Members also said he was at the center of some financial irregularities. Since his departure in 2008, the congregation has had no contact to Jones.

Saying Jones was capable of "fanaticism," Baar said he doubts international pressure will get Jones to deviate from his Quran-burning plans. "Terry Jones is the kind of person who sees things through, if he thinks it's a task given him by God," Baar said.
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Now I'm not saying that you Nathan stand in this group of hypocrites, it was just your words that popped into my head this morning as I was listening.
I'm not sure that sensitivity to the events of 9/11 should be equated with burning a holy book in a public square. It's always been my belief that you can be sensitive to and respectful of the feelings of others without agreeing with them.

This cult leader with a flock of 50 who is desperate for media attention has decided to make a religious war, and in so doing has declared himself to be intolerant to the feelings of Muslims everywhere.

As a result, in the same way he has judged, so too he will be.
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Guess not.
That sentence started off so well but then she messes it up at the end.
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It's always been my belief that you can be sensitive to and respectful of the feelings of others without agreeing with them.
This part I agree with...

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I'm not sure that sensitivity to the events of 9/11 should be equated with burning a holy book in a public square.
This part I'm not so sure. Sensitivity is sensitivity, we all know the significance of burning a book, especially a holy book. It doesn't really matter now at this point how many his congregation is, he's in the spotlight.
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Florida pastor cancels plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11 - latimes.com
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What a relief!
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Yes, what a victory for tolerance and understanding! The community centre has been moved! Yay!
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I didn't read that part. I read the headline and got over excited.
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It probably is better the Center is being moved.
If it is the operators themselves, that chose to relocate it.
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Where is the surprise that some insane people burning their own property may cause other insane people to react violently.
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Where is the surprise that some insane people burning their own property may cause other insane people to react violently.
Most amusing thing about the article: "This is not the time to do it."

Do tell us, Pastor, when would be the time to burn the Koran?
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