The Crescent Report

August 24, 2010

Armed Group To Guard Church During Koran Burning

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:07 pm

Note:
MAS Freedom remains vigilant concerning the plan of a small ultra right-wing religious group on September 11th to burn the Holy Quran. We’re calling on people of all faiths to join us in a peaceful non-violent response to this type of religious bigotry. If you would like to assist MAS Freedom and others in this proactive, peaceful response to this type of religious extremism, please contact us at:

MAS Freedom
1325 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
Email: info@masfreedom.org         Phone: 1-888-627-8471        Fax: 757-299-9961

In the meanwhile, checkout the piece below.

-Imam Mahdi Bray

Quote of the day: “Deliberate injustice is ultimately more fatal to the one who imposes it than the one on whom it is imposed.”

Armed Group To Guard Church During Koran Burning

Posted in U.S. News by Rudi Stettner

A group that proudly calls itself Right Wing Extreme has pledged to protect a church in Gainesville , Florida that is planning to hold a Koran burning on 9/11, according to WorldCorrespondents.com, which reports as follows.

“This Press Release entitled “Armed Christian Conservative group to protect church during burning of Quran” was shared to us by Prince Shannon Carson of Right Wing Extreme.

The Christian conservative organization Right Wing Extreme has offered its support and protection for the International Burn a Quran day.

Right Wing Extreme was founded in April of 2009 after the Department of Homeland Security’s report titled Right Wing Extremism.”

Unlike the infamous cross burnings of the Ku Klux Klan which were often staged on the property of opponents to intimidate them, the Koran burning will be held on the premises of Dove Ministries International, with their enthusiastic consent. The only laws that could be used against such an event would probably deal with  air pollution rather than objectionable political expression. A case might be made that the Koran burning is a disturbance of the peace.

Unlike the Mohammed cartoon dispute of 2005, which sparked bloody riots, American Muslims have responded to the Dove Ministries provocation with American style media savvy. The Book of Signs Foundation has pledged to distribute 50 free Korans for every copy burned on 9/11. This puts Dove Ministries in a quandary. The bigger and more successful their Koran burning is, the more free copies will be distributed of the Koran.

Most Muslims in America seem to recognize that struggles for the hearts and minds of believers involve arguing and presenting one’s point of view. It is doubtful that a single Muslim will alter or change his or her faith because of the burning of the Koran.

In America, people missionize their religion and their politics. Book burnings of any sort turn people off. The scariest thing to any religious fanatic is the freedom one has in America to practice, change or reject one’s faith.

There are people who get their jollies desecrating the symbol of someone else’s faith, such as Andres Serrano in his infamous “Piss Christ” exhibit, in which he suspended a crucifix in a jar of urine. Most Americans, from devout Christians to avowed atheists and members of non Christian faiths, were disgusted by Serrano’s gratuitous slap at Christian believers. Most Americans feel the same way about the Koran burners at Dove Ministries as well.

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