Ethics: Burn A Koran Day In Your Community

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What would you do Wednesday!

There has been a lot of discussion about Islam lately. As Sept. 11 approaches I can only imagine how talk of Islam will draw many emotional responses. We’ve talked a bit about the Ground Zero Mosque.  Understandably, it continues to be an issue. An issue on which Christians disagree.

Today’s scenario is in the context the current issue of Koran burning. Many people have stood up for the legal right of Muslims to build near Ground Zero. While one is not necessarily contingent upon the other I have to ask –

What if Terry Jones was in your local community and was going forward with his International Burn A Koran Day?

For some reason this day is labeled ‘International’. Wishful thinking? I digress. Terry Jones along with his wife Sylvia Jones are “Senior Pastors of Dove World Outreach Center.” (They even provide an online contact form.) While Jones has made national media I haven’t seen too many Christian speak out, but I’ve been busy so I may have overlooked some replies. James White who has debate several Muslims has stated that “International ‘Burn a Qur’an Day’ is stupid” while pointing his readers to an excellent response from another ministry.

As a Christian, what would you do if this was about to happen in your community? Would you contact Jones? Show up at the event? If you showed up what would you do? Would you support or protest?

If you support the right for Muslims to build at Ground Zero would you also support Jones right to burn a Koran? Why or why not?

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The above article was posted on September 8, 2010 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Mark September 9, 2010 at 7:56 am

Tony Reinke offers some good insight in On Burning Religious Books.

As I mentioned to one of my FB who asked about this Koran burning day – It’s unwise, unhelpful and does nothing to promote the gospel. It also serves to further confuse the gospel and American government. Jones also gives very poor reasons and it shows his bias that he seems to start and end with burning the Koran when numerous items would fit into his reasons for burning.

2 Christian September 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

This man is apparently picking and choosing what parts of the Bible to follow. He actions show that he’s calling Jesus a liar. I wrote and article about the situation on my blog and backed up what I had to say with Scripture and historical sources. Burning books like this never leads to anything good, and is certainly not “loving your enemy.”

3 Jeff October 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

Although I am in the military I am torn on this issue. I can understand the anger some feel towards those who are muslim. I also know many are using the freedom of speech excuse that he can do what he wants, which has become a defense for people to do many things that dont make sense such as the Phelps family and the way they protest at funerals of fallen service members. Long ago I accepted the fact that my brothers in arms and myself are willing to die to protect the freedoms we all enjoy, to include Mr Jones and Mr Phelps, even if I dont agree with them. I would avoid the protest and advise my friends to do the same, if nobody were to show up maybe he would see that he has made a wrong choice? Doubtful, but worth a shot.

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