Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How do you spell 'Dove World Outreach Center'? Answer: A.S.S.H.O.L.E.S.

How's this for the ultimate in perverse stupidity:

A small, Florida-based (Gainesville) evangelical Christian church known as the 'Dove World Outreach Center' which supports anti-Islam philosophy has announced that it will burn copies of the Quran on church grounds to mark the 9/11 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Even General Petraeus admits that this would not be a good idea.

"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," he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press (the main source of this blog post).

I'm an atheist, so I don't give a flying fruit cake about religion. But just like Christians regard the Bible as holy and would go ape shit if people started burning it in the streets, Muslims consider the Quran to be the word of God and insist that it should be treated with the utmost respect at all times along with any printed material containing its verses or the name of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad. Any intentional damage or show of disrespect to the Quran is considered deeply offensive.

On Monday, several hundred Afghans rallied outside a Kabul mosque and burned American flags and an effigy of Dove World's pastor Terry Jones while chanting "death to America."

Two days earlier, thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and in five other cities to protest the church's plans.

Petraeus warned that images of burning Qurans could be [and probably would be] used to incite anti-American sentiment similar to the pictures of prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

"I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible (Quran) burning. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday," Petraeus said in his message.

"Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement condemning the church's plans, saying that Washington was "deeply concerned about deliberate attempts to offend members of religious or ethnic groups."

Dove World Outreach Center, which made headlines last year after distributing T-shirts displaying the words "Islam is of the Devil," has been denied a permit to set a bonfire but has vowed to proceed with the burning.

You may be interested in knowing that Terry Jones,  Dove World's pastor, was arrested on August 4 for the possession of child pornography. Apparently, he used the popular file sharing network Limewire to share pictures of children in various states of nudity.

What a bastard! If it's true, they should lock him up (with no food or water) and throw away the key!

That's him in the photo, by the way.


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