A Christian evangelical group, the Dove World Outreach Center, based in Florida, USA, is to launch an ‘International burn the Koran Day’ on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this Saturday.
The US military commander in Afghanistan, General Petreaus, has warned that if the burning goes ahead it will endanger the lives of US soldiers, but the Christian group insists that the burning of the Qur’an will go ahead as planned.
The Dove World Outreach Center’s website hosts an article entitled ‘Ten reasons to burn a Koran’ and its senior pastor, Dr Terry Jones, is the author of a book called ‘Islam is of the Devil’ (pictured above).
It is to be hoped that someone will have a quiet word with the Christian pastor Dr Terry Jones and help him see sense before matters get out of hand, but this incident is indicative of a massive wave of anti-Muslim hysteria that has recently gripped the USA. It is hysteria that has been quite deliberately whipped up by right-wing and pro-Israel commentators.
Just last week, a mosque in Tennessee was set on fire in what officials believe was a deliberate arson attack.