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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Florida Pastor Terry Jones held the keys to his black 2011 Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes on Friday (Oct. 22) before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group. Jones gave the car, which car dealer Brad Benson had decorated with two patriotic peace symbols, to the Jersey City-based […] Read More

(RNS) The Florida pastor who abruptly called off plans to burn hundreds of Qurans could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies that were called in to provide security at the protest. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., pulled the planned protest on Sept. 11 after pressure […] Read More

(RNS) At the end of a summer characterized by unprecedented levels of Islamophobia, Muslim Americans and their allies have found an expected reason to smile: Jake Isom, a skateboarder with a rat-tail from Amarillo, Texas. Last Saturday (Sept. 18), Isom, 23, snatched a kerosene-soaked Koran from a grill in a city park before David Grisham, […] Read More

The high levels of Islamophobia expressed in vandalizing mosques, the debate over building a center in New York and the canceled burning of Qurans in Florida have led many pundits to misquote and misrepresent what’s in the Quran. I have heard people say that the book advocates stoning women, the genocide of those refusing to […] Read More

There’s been plenty in the news about the fundamentalist Christian congregation in Gainesville, Fla., that talked about burning the Quran and the debate about the mosque near Ground Zero. Personally, I hope that the mosque is built on the proposed site in New York City. When fundraising begins, I’ll most likely make a donation. Not that I’m […] Read More

A Southern Baptist minister kept his word to burn a copy of the Quran on Saturday. Bob Old, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Joelton, Tenn., and Danny Allen, who first identified himself to the Tennessean as an associate pastor but would not disclose the name of the church, each burned a copy of […] Read More

Gen. David Petraeus said on Tuesday that “images of the burning of a Quran” would “inflame public opinion” and “incite violence” around the world, endangering American soldiers.   The U.S. and NATO commander’s dog-whistle message signaled to conservatives that they needed to speak up for Islam and speak out against the Quran burning at the […] Read More

Terry Jones, senior pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 in an attempt to urge Americans to “stand up” against the threat of Islam. He wants his church to “be strong.” Jones writes, “Our Land needs strong churches that understand and fulfill God’s vision […] Read More

(RNS) Fire officials in Gainesville, Fla., have denied a permit to a church that wants to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, but church officials said they’ll go ahead with the protest that has garnered worldwide attention. Leaders of the Dove World Outreach Center say Islam is of the Devil and plan to burn copies of […] Read More

(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The proposed burning of Qurans would be profoundly offensive to Muslims worldwide, just as Christians would be insulted by the burning of Bibles, the NAE said in a […] Read More