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Koran protest cancelled: Your reaction

22:24 UK time, Thursday, 9 September 2010

A US pastor pastor has withdrawn his threat to burn copies of the Koran as the US marks nine years since 9/11. What is your reaction?

Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida said on Saturday that the event had been cancelled permanently.

"We will definitely not burn the Koran, no," the Reverend Terry Jones told NBC's Today show. "Not today, not ever."

What is your reaction to Terry Jones' decision? What will be the long term impact of the controversy? What are your thoughts on the diplomatic and media focus on Pastor Jones' planned protest?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Common sense has prevailed.

  • Comment number 2.

    Terry Jones should be facing criminal charges of inciting violence against others. In any other civilized country his actions would have brought a swift reaction from law enforcement and he would not be given a week of world wide press.

  • Comment number 3.

    I just hope that those watching events from either side of the religious divide can understand that Terry Jones, whose congregation is only 50 people in total does not represent the general view of the other 300 million Americans or the views of billions of Christians worldwide, much the same as I realise that those who committed the attrocity which sparked this event on 9/11 do not represent the views of the majority of Muslims. Hopefully everyone will see him for what he really is and pay him as much attention as his position truly deserves, ie none at all.

  • Comment number 4.

    Again the usual suspects get their knickers in a twist over something trivial and unimportant.

  • Comment number 5.

    Only the American could think of a bonfire to mark a terrorist attack... But wait... “Remember, Remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot... I see no reason why Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”...

  • Comment number 6.

    Pastor Terry Jones has put many people's lives in danger. How can anyone be better by being horrible? I will never know. What will he do with the copies of the Quran now? Read them?

  • Comment number 7.

    Cancelled for now !

  • Comment number 8.

    I have read reports that the NYC `Mosque' organizers haven't agreed to relocate anything. In which case by cancelling Koran burning as part of some supposed `deal', Jones has spotted an opportunity to make them look bad (or worse, domestically, if you like) when the `mosque' goes ahead. Its all preaching to the converted. Religion is all about that anyway. Tony Bliar and his inter-faith nonsense are thus proven utterly useless even at self-serving to atone for his crusading sins .... which more or less started this whole annually escalating nonsense.

  • Comment number 9.

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  • Comment number 10.

    The thing I dont get is, is islam not suppose to be a religion of peace? so how come there will/would have been violent uprisings etc. AS a christian I disagree with the pastor, christians must show love and compassion for others even of other faiths. But the other thing is, would there be so much condemnation if it was a muslim burning bibles or other books from other religions?

  • Comment number 11.

    Ok - you may or may not agree with Jones but what he did raised some serious questions - like it or not. Most importantly of all is the American right to free speech - that apparently died today in America. If one can not say something for fear of reaction and intimidation, the central plank of the free west is made a mockery of.

    A sad day for freedom.

  • Comment number 12.

    This is America you can have the freedom to do this.....a short while ago there were news reports of Irainians burning the American Flag..both mean something to someone..however these cultural differences is why we have devided the world up into countries across the world where subjects can make these choices for there own community....

  • Comment number 13.

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  • Comment number 14.

    And what's the point in a hys on a story that has not actually occurred? Pointless! And it was only a damn book after all.

  • Comment number 15.

    I am a Christian. Nothing was ever achieved by burning books. I am reminded of the scenes in Berlin. We in the US and the UK are happy to send out Christians to other countries to spread the gospel; we get excited by it and the conversions, why should we object if the Muslim community wish to do the same? I have friends in many countries some in India who have a different faith to me but we have a similar value system and standards that respects life and the freedom to act.

    The issue is surely that we must counter those individuals and groups who hijack a religion to pursue their own political subjugation and mostly totalitarian aims. So called Muslim terrorists should be publically disowned by the mainstream Muslim faith. As a Christian I am prepared to speak out against a fellow Christian; Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida. I look to the Muslim community to condemn the atrocities committed in their name.

    If we marginalise these groups in this way and remove the Muslim tag they have given themselves that seeks to justify their behaviour, then we deprive them of the oxygen of legitimacy and more importantly publicity. Mohammed did not preach death and destruction and it is a complete corruption of interpretation that needs to be flatly rejected.

  • Comment number 16.

    Now Christianity is seen as weak!

  • Comment number 17.

    I am glad this has been cancelled. If only for the touble it will save to the innocent people who would bear the brunt of the retribution.

    The whole episode has been another example (if one were needed) of how divisive, immature and petty religion can be. My own father would cut me off if he thought I disagreed with his religious opinions. I can't hold it against him though, because, in a perverse irony, his faith teaches him that it would be for my own good.

    The only good thing is that if I am one day lucky enough to have a son or daughter, I will do my best to love them whatever their personal religious beliefs are.

    Personally I'm a Christian, but I don't like organised religions. There are people who would not be alive in 6 months, had this burning gone ahead. Likely innocent. I'm glad that a there will be at least one less victim. And I hope that the agrivators, the violent and the intollerant all feel ashamed.

  • Comment number 18.

    Another case of a little weird man made famous by the media for simply saying stupid things in public. Says a lot about the media of today.

  • Comment number 19.

    It’s the right decision in both cases and common sense has prevailed... However, why is it that Muslims, should be so upset just at a book burning. If Americans got as upset every time Muslims Burnt the American Flag, we would always be on the verge of world war...

  • Comment number 20.

    Good sense in canceling book burning. Media coverage, as usual way too much. Cover it once and let it go. Just as the Islamic cartoon uproar went way over the top, so was this. An obvious attempt at hitching his bandwagon to something controversial for his own benefit. His actions if carried through would certainly be an unchristian act. Golden Rule sound familiar, Rev.??

  • Comment number 21.

    This does goes go to show how any basket-case nutter can set themselves up as a "religious leader" in any country.

    The real difference is the democratic vote, not religion.

  • Comment number 22.

    2 separate discussions running on HYS at the moment -

    1 - Koran burning threat: your reaction
    2 - Koran protest cancelled : your reaction


    I really hope Terry Jones does not change his mind overnight; I can see a third discussion tomorrow - Koran burning is back on : your reaction

  • Comment number 23.

    What the..?
    Christians & Muslims compromising..?
    Could it be this pastor was actually right?
    Will the planned Muslim riots still take place anyway?
    Who can we pick on now, if not Christians and Muslims?
    -My head hurts.

  • Comment number 24.

    The entire US Federal Government getting involved with a bloke who planned to publicly burn a koran...

    You couldn't make it up could you.

    George Bush would have turned up with some ribs and bbq sauce.

  • Comment number 25.

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  • Comment number 26.

    casual_observation wrote: Terry Jones should be facing criminal charges of nciting violence against others. In any other civilized country his actions would have brought a swift reaction from law enforcement and he would not be given a week of world wide press

    Um....in civilised society we tend not to object to burning unimportant objects like books...not a criminal offence.

  • Comment number 27.

    "Terry Jones said he was calling off the Florida event after the group behind a planned mosque close to Ground Zero in New York agreed to relocate it."

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    That sentence sums the matter up nicely. Both parties have decided to be sensitive as to how the other side feels about things. Common sense really. Burning copies of the Koran is a stupid and insensitive thing to do and deciding to build a mosque close to ground zero is a stupid and insensitive thing to do. Good that neither will now happen.

  • Comment number 28.

    I'm glad he has changed his mind on this. I'm an Evangelical Christian and I think what he was planning was plain stupid and wrong.

    However, I routinely hear accounts of far worse things being done to Christians across the Muslim world - Christians facing discrimination, loss of property, denial of justice, rape, torture and death - for being Christians. I have heard hundreds of such accounts. Are Muslims and their leaders willing to take as strong a stand against this as many Christians have taken against T Jones' plans? I await a reply.

    Also, while what T Jones was planning was stupid, he wasn't advocating killing anyone. Compare this with the crowds in Afghanistan and elsewhere shouting 'death to Christians' and similar. The number of Christians who are killed in that part of the world shows that this is no idle threat. However people in the West seem to conveniently (deliberately?) ignore the difference. Why?

  • Comment number 29.

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  • Comment number 30.

    Can't really understand why there is so much press interest in this. If Terry Jones was anything other than a 'man of god', if he were a plumber or construction worker for example he would be considered a total nutter and at best ignored by the press.
    How much better would it have been if we had collectively ignored him and let him get on with it along with his congregation of 50 with no press interest at all. It would have passed off and nobody outside his small circle of followers would have even known about it.

  • Comment number 31.

    Raedwald wrote:
    Pastor Terry Jones has put many people's lives in danger. How can anyone be better by being horrible? I will never know. What will he do with the copies of the Quran now? Read them?

    How exactly has he put so many peoples lives in danger? Is he physically threatening people with violence over a book? Is he killing people who disobey the law of their own book in honor killings? Is he Strapping a bombo on himself and threatening to blow himself up in a crowded market place? No. He isn't. He's simply asserting his given right of freedom. If someone kills another person over this near burning of a book. It isn't this pastors fault. By jove he is insulting people, but if any murders at all were commited over this, it would be the fault of the people who regard a simple book to be worth more than a person's life. Blame those people who made this situation what it is by making a person stand up to them. The Islamic Supremacists.

  • Comment number 32.

    "Koran protest cancelled"
    I take it as a Good news!

    As a Muslim I am disappointed with the Church's action but I am more disappointed after responses made by US Government. Though the President, Consulate Generals, Military Generals (Gen. Petreaus and Nato Generals) etc. all condemned this action but not anymore on moral or social grounds but actually they are only concerned with the security of their Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
    What I get from this, that, if there is never a concerned of security outbreak, this evil action would also never condemned by anyone and the lunatic Terry Jones continue with his plans without any condemnation.

    I had already lost the trust on US Government and their policy makers, but now, I feel the trust on US citizen is also fading away.

    I don't know if this kind of actions are considered legitimate in Holy Bible or by Jesus (peace be upon him).

    I request you to at least try to follow the teachings of your own religion and try to act like a worthy Christian.

  • Comment number 33.

    UFFF! Common sense has prevailed, sometimes i feel that sense as the less common of the senses. Terry Jones should face infinite trials against his criminal intent to make the entire world a torch, the last we felt.

  • Comment number 34.

    Best cancelled eh? We wouldn't want to offend the muslim-maniacs whom are all too eager to burn, hang, decapitate, and stone people to death for apostasy, for being gay, or for shaming the family!

  • Comment number 35.

    Surely it beggars believe that anyone should think of building a mosque near to the site of ground zero. Seems like the Pastor got what he wanted though.

  • Comment number 36.

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  • Comment number 37.

    I agree with comment Number 2. What a stupid, dangerous man Terry Jones is. I will never understand such intolerance.

    What would Jesus say to him ..... put him to shame for calling himself a Christian!

  • Comment number 38.

    The Koran appears to be a book which is more important than it's message.

    I thought idolatry was frowned upon in Islam, apparently not.

  • Comment number 39.

    im offended that the American government/ muslims are building a huge mosque near ground zero, but I dont threaten to murder inoccent people.

  • Comment number 40.

    If Terry Jones could have pulled off this Koran Burning,all he would have achived with this unnessary provocation,he would have put the live of Americans in danger.
    Some Fundamentalistic Muslim Groups could have been challenged to seek revange for this and and evan would have felt justifyed by it,but jusifyed religious people always do,whatever they do to others.

  • Comment number 41.

    GOOD.

  • Comment number 42.

    "At 11:14pm on 09 Sep 2010, Royke wrote:

    Ok - you may or may not agree with Jones but what he did raised some serious questions - like it or not. Most importantly of all is the American right to free speech - that apparently died today in America. If one can not say something for fear of reaction and intimidation, the central plank of the free west is made a mockery of.

    A sad day for freedom."

    What on earth are you talking about? He was free to burn the books, and he was permitted to do so. He was also free to make an independent decision not to burn the books. He decided not to go ahead - he wasn't banned.

    Exactly how has the "freedom died"?

  • Comment number 43.

    I actually feel embarrassed for this pastor guy. I think he's found himself in waaaay deeper than he even imagined. The mosque is going to be "relocated"?! Oh dear. I think he has problems understanding what's actually going on around him.

    He may lose a little headline space, but could return to obscurity with at least an iota of self respect intact. IF the book-burning thing really is off.

  • Comment number 44.

    Simple surrender in face of blackmail. As always with blackmail, once you surrender , you encourage bigger blackmail. Give Islamists a finger, and they'll cut your head. Expect a stronger onslaught on western freedoms now, folks. The only recourse left to us is reckon who's practically acting as a muslim mole, come November.

  • Comment number 45.

    As a Muslim, I don't care if this man and his band of compulsive obsessives go ahead and burn books. When they burn copies of the Quran, they don't understand. So it has no significance. Just go and do what you want, matey. Allah guides.

  • Comment number 46.

    First he looked like an idiot, now he looks like a fool. Well done.

  • Comment number 47.

    Well, if Terry ones saw sense, can we hope the pope does the same and cancels his visit to Britain at the last moment?

  • Comment number 48.

    As I expected another HYS asking for views, now that pastor Jones has backed down.

    I already gave my view in the dying minutes of the original HYS so I will just synopsise them here if the Mods will allow:

    Like I said in my first comment on the original debate, I had a strong suspicion he was like a union leader calling a strike but having no intention of actually carrying it out. It was simply a negociating tactic.

    Apparently it now transpires, the siteing of the ground zero mosque was what was under negociation.

    The media themselves now have a lot to answer for turning this charade into a hyped-up international event and inflaming passions.

    Tommorrow is september 11 2010, the 9th anniversary of the Twin Towers atrocities, and I like some other commentators cannot see it passing by without a new HYS to commemorate it.

    If it does happen will it turn into a slagging match just like the one gone by, because some people believe in the various conspiricy theories sorrounding it with an almost religious intensity.

  • Comment number 49.

    Such a waste, they should go in the recycling!

    Ok, ok only joking, I'm no fan of Islam but this man's a dangerous fool.

  • Comment number 50.

    13. At 11:15pm on 09 Sep 2010, Systematic wrote:

    "If this turns out to be more ko-towing to islamic supremacists and it turns out they're not moving the mosque I swear I'll burn a Koran myself."
    ==========
    Ooooh, you wouldn't!
    Really?


    11. At 11:14pm on 09 Sep 2010, Royke wrote:

    "If one can not say something for fear of reaction and intimidation, the central plank of the free west is made a mockery of.

    A sad day for freedom."
    ========

    "Reaction and intimidation" is PART of what free speech is all about - People are speaking freely in castigating this idiot for his hairbrained idea. In fact, it is proof of the VALUE of free speech in informing, teaching & changing minds. What's wrong with that?

    But a lot of people do throw the "sad day for freedom" line every time they lose an argument.

  • Comment number 51.

    The Ground Zero mosgue planner is now denying any involvement of a deal. Get your lighters out freedom lovers. We're expressing our right to expressions of freedom on 9/11!

  • Comment number 52.

    There's millions of people in this world and everyone is different. We all have things that are personal and precious to us - such as family,faith and freedom. There's good people and there's bad people. Burning the Quran, precious and personal to millions, will upset some, and anger others. The intelligent person would write comments and discuss to vent anger or give support to such acts. On the other hand, the ignorant will show anger through violence not thinking about the consequences of his own actions. Or the ignorant would see the Quran as a pointless book and would be upset that nothing happened in the end. Lets educate and learn from each other, lets not be ignorant or proud, lets tolorate, live and let live. Lets not hurt others and respect our differences. For World Peace.

  • Comment number 53.

    Raedwald wrote:
    Pastor Terry Jones has put many people's lives in danger. How can anyone be better by being horrible? I will never know. What will he do with the copies of the Quran now? Read them?

    How exactly has he put so many peoples lives in danger? Is he physically threatening people with violence over a book? Is he killing people who disobey the law of their own book in honor killings? Is he Strapping a bombo on himself and threatening to blow himself up in a crowded market place? No. He isn't. He's simply asserting his given right of freedom. If someone kills another person over this near burning of a book. It isn't this pastors fault. By jove he is insulting people, but if any murders at all were commited over this, it would be the fault of the people who regard a simple book to be worth more than a person's life. Blame those people who made this situation what it is by making a person stand up to them. The Islamic Supremacists.

    Maybe he should give you a copy. It will lead to divisions and hatred amongst the American people. Why would the murder not be the fault of the person committing it?

  • Comment number 54.

    Americans seemed most concerned about harm to American military in reaction to the proposed Koran burning. While the event itself is despicable, we need to be concerned about increased persecution of Christians by Muslims as a result of the proposal.

    Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress requested Jones not to burn Korans. He said that religious minorities in Islamic countries will face a backlash.

    He said that in Islamic states such as Pakistan Muslims already attack and burn Churches and Bibles, and kill Christians on allegations of blasphemy or on comments in Interfaith events by non-Muslims. One may read about it in almost every edition the Pakistan Christian Post.

    While the cancellation of the burning is a relief we must still be concerned about the backlash.

  • Comment number 55.

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  • Comment number 56.

    And the moon is made of cheese. That pastor really takes the ... biscuit if he thinks for one minute his words come across as remotely sincere.

    So, he's off on a Saturday jolly to New York? What's the betting a relocated mosque miraculously materialises in his absence on a certain bit of real estate currently occupied by the Dove Outreach Center. At least there's plenty Korans already there.

    Seriously though, I hope he's cuffed en route on Air Force 1,(well, who'd fly with him on board?) under police escort straight to jail after his provocative pastoral pontifications. Remember the duck tape to save the world's ears from any of his future ramblings.

  • Comment number 57.

    "39. At 11:58pm on 09 Sep 2010, Gawzo wrote:
    im offended that the American government/ muslims are building a huge mosque near ground zero, but I dont threaten to murder inoccent people."

    Precisely. Finally sums up the essential difference between the Judeo-Christian Western World and Muslim World in a nutshell. It is the stuggle of the Age and of our survival as a modern, pluralist society against 13th century theocracy.

  • Comment number 58.

    "What do you think of his decision?"

    he got the publicity and had his '15 minutes in the limelight'.

    burning books (no matter which) is the kind of thing one expects in a totalitarian society -- Terry Jones seems quite a pathetic little man, really.

  • Comment number 59.

    1. At 10:51pm on 09 Sep 2010, Peter Thompson wrote:
    Common sense has prevailed.

    ...................

    I think you will find that common sense is far less common than they would have you believe

  • Comment number 60.

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    An inflamatory religious nutter and a liar to boot - No agreement was reached to move the Community Centre.
    .
    This is perhaps the worst advertisment of the American people - low quality, conniving and devious.
    Thank God you're not all like this man.
    .

  • Comment number 61.

    There will NEVER be any peace between Islam and other religions, it is just the way this religion is practiced today by extremists. Whether the Pastor burns the Koran or not, there is enough hatred on both sides, this is the best way to stop the hatred from escalating to newer levels of violence. The most educated and moderate Muslims are missing from any meaningful dialogue, what we are seeing is angry youth who have lofty aspirations without any education or perspiration, everyone wants something for free by declaring the other as Non believer.

  • Comment number 62.

    I salute Pastor Terry Jones. It was a good experiment to test how tolerable the so-called "Religion of Peace" is.

    Wow, also note that the Religion of Peace has a lot of folks who want to blow themselves up in the name of God. "Allahu Akabar???"

  • Comment number 63.

    Terry Jones and his small obsucre church in FL got more publicity by the mere threat than the actual Danish cartoonist publication of cartoon both in the Islamic and non Islamic world.Perhpas he got his objectives of drawing the attention of the world to 'Islamophobia' and 9/11 more than he expected.

  • Comment number 64.


    "The Koran appears to be a book which is more important than it's message." (ady wrote @38)

    Stupid comment; absolutely groundless argument.
    The book is valued in its own right but the message is even greater, by common consent.


  • Comment number 65.

    My reaction to Terry jone's decision not to hold the burning of the keran is welcomed. I am an athiest and so I hold no favour to any faith, other than fact and science. Despite my oppinions on faith and its overwhelmingly negative impact on humanity over centuries, I consider Terry Jone's consideration alone to burn the Koran one of simple disrespect and actions designed to inflame already existing tension between communities. It is equally in conflict with the values of tollerance and kindness that his own faith alledges to preach. However I find the suggestion to build a mosque near the sight of 9/11 equally as disrespectful and inflamatory on an increasingly global problem. Both actions are nothing more than blind arrogance and disrespect to fellow human beings.

    In terms of its impact, I feel that it would be wrong to say that neither have considered the long term impact of their actions. The actions of both faiths have been considered in depth and have been much debated, but only to the selfish benefits that each would gain from any success in their campaigns. Neither have stopped to hold any thought as to the negative impact of their actions on the wider community. This is why I consider their actions to be no more than deliberate attempts to engage the media and make an already tense situation between faiths more volatile. It is yet another example of how there is no real basis or room in a modern science based world, that wants to better the human race, for religion.

    Finally with regards to the media focus on the pastors original decision to burn the koran, I think that they have acted as his megafone to the world. However, it is our desire for global knowledge that powers that megafone and so as long as they report all sides to a story as impartially as possible allowing the public to decide without undue influence, then I have no problem with the medias coverage. In terms of the diplomatic response, I think this was done in the best interests of those armed services serving abroad in already volatile and hostile areas of the world. It I expect was also designed to prevent an esculation in future security risks. However, they too have inadvertedly heightened awareness of hostility between the faiths and that any success they hoped to achieve by their actions will only be measured in the coming months.

    Ultimately it is the selfish acts of those that proport themselves as the voice of those faiths that are responsible for any serious reprucussions, as they should reasonably foresee that their words and actions only seek to inflame a situation that is already unstable, despite any freedom of expression and that to show respect to all cultures across our global community, maybe our freedom of expression does need to be limited at times rather than relying on individuals concious understanding of any ramification to their actions. However any such limits should be proportionate and not restrict any fundamental right unnecessarily or without scrutiny as it is debate that can better the worlds understanding of their differences and encourage tollerance.

  • Comment number 66.

    34. At 11:49pm on 09 Sep 2010, Boozer wrote:
    Best cancelled eh? We wouldn't want to offend the muslim-maniacs whom are all too eager to burn, hang, decapitate, and stone people to death for apostasy, for being gay, or for shaming the family!

    ///

    That's not what it's about, it's about not sinking to that level. But it's a bit late in your case, isn't it?

    "US fundamentalist pastor Terry Jones, who wants to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11, ran a church in the western German city of Cologne until last year when members of the congregation expelled him,” reports Spiegel, “Former members have spoken of his hate-filled sermons and insistence on "blind obedience."

    “At one point he wanted to help a homosexual member to pray away his sins,"



  • Comment number 67.

    only one word to say "WUSS"

  • Comment number 68.

    All of this knee-jerk anti-Muslim stuff - some people should get a hold of "A Long Walk to Freedom" (and other works by the same author) & perhaps they'll find their alter-egos therein. Probably not the role models they anticipated.

  • Comment number 69.

    the problem is that however this pans out, there's going to be a spate of Koran-burning (& burning of any other sensitive cult icon) by any idiot who thinks he can get a headline. But I guess that's the fault of all of us who come on here & make it one.

  • Comment number 70.

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  • Comment number 71.

    There does not seem to be any need to burn the Quran. It appears to be an inflammatory document on its own.

  • Comment number 72.

    One of these Gods cannot exist. Or both. Or neither. Is God real or are they all the same one? If not, which one is the real one? I could use some guidance here. Is God God? Praise God. Burn stuff.

  • Comment number 73.

    This is an ongoing development of hate groups in the usa. Hypocrisy is just one of thier trademarks. Anything goes as long as it fans hatred.
    While gwbush defended the muslamic people, in general, he on the other hand fanned hatred and further encouraged the development and exdpansion of hate groups in the republican party/gop. This event is just another example of the fascist beliefs of the gop. This became so evident in the McCain/palin campaign with open shouts of hatred and violence. Palin, in silence, encouraged hatred and hating. It is, therefore, no surprise that this occurred or that Palin would show up at beck's and fox nonnews hate rally in washington. While a minor "church"????? IT IS A MAJOR AND DEFINING TENET AND POLICIES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE STATES. Didn't here boehner or palin or gop leadership speaking out against this! Their silence is totally self incriminating and criminal.

  • Comment number 74.

    I'm not sure I would trust a book that the Iranian government base their system of justice upon.

  • Comment number 75.

    11. At 11:14pm on 09 Sep 2010, Royke wrote:
    Ok - you may or may not agree with Jones but what he did raised some serious questions - like it or not. Most importantly of all is the American right to free speech - that apparently died today in America. If one can not say something for fear of reaction and intimidation, the central plank of the free west is made a mockery of.

    A sad day for freedom.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Freedom isn't free - millions have died and many more will die to guarantee it. It doesn't mean you can say and do whatever you want and not provoke a reaction. Exercised irresponsibly, freedom will be attacked, and so the lethal cycle of defending it is perpetuated. Think about it.

  • Comment number 76.

    "and now for something completely different"... Tery Jones was part of the original Monty Python's Flying Circus team wasn't he?

  • Comment number 77.

    Muslin,get offended by this pastor! we American's get offended by muslin burning our flag every time they want! why build a temple or what ever they wish to call it near GROUND ZERO? WHAT IS THE POINT? A CENTER FOR PEACE? PLEASE! THE FAMILY'S OF 9-11 HAVE SAY NO!! AND THAT IS ENOUGH!!We American's!! have ask this IMAM!! TO MOVE THIS TEMPLE FOR RESPECT!! I'M AND AMERICAN!! AND DON'T SHARE OR HAVE ANY INTERESTING IN KNOWING THAT RELIGION! I MAY SUPPOSE TO BE A BAD PERSON? OR A CRIMINAL?

  • Comment number 78.

    # 50. At 00:25am on 10 Sep 2010, you wrote:

    This comment has been referred for further consideration.

    (The suspense is killing me! :-))

    What's even funnier is the comical "Controlled Demolition" Spam artists behind him as he spoke to the world's media! HOW can anyone take this nincompoop seriously?!

    I do hope that even the most committed of Muslims watching this have a sense of humor, because whatever this guy does is worthy of little more than comical ridicule!

  • Comment number 79.

    Im not surprised in the slightest. Despite what most people may think while breathing a sigh of relief, Jones clearly did not reach any sort of epiphany, he is just terrified of ramifications and probably a mutiny from his own followers who don't want to be an object of target. This man has demonstrated his poor judgement and is reaping the consiquences of his complete ignorance.

    What kind of a pious "man of god" would put the lives of men, women and children in danger over a slightly delusional drive to push a religious agenda and self-appointing representation of the oppinions of an entire nation... hmmm terrorists?... im detecting a stark resemblance. Only this time, the place of birth is taking a back seat to his pathetic absurdity and he is being treated accordingly.

    He is no more respecting the victims of 9/11 than Osama bin Laden is for the innocent Afghan children who's lives have been destroyed. He is a selfish, troubled and deeply disturbed opportunist using religion to mask his ineptitude..and just that.

  • Comment number 80.

    "At 10:56pm on 09 Sep 2010, casual_observation wrote:
    Terry Jones should be facing criminal charges of inciting violence against others. In any other civilized country his actions would have brought a swift reaction from law enforcement and he would not be given a week of world wide press"
    -----------------------------------------

    He didn't incite violence against anyone, a book isn't a person. Those threatening violence were those who follow the book he was intending to burn and it occurs to me that his point is proven by them. He thereatens to burn a book and they want to kill people yet it's he who is the bad one in all this?

    Maybe he could have drawn a protest cartoon instead but seemingly that gets people killed too. People have to understand that this man was exercising freedom of expression and they should be examining those who threaten violence for such innocuous acts not the people who exercise that freedom. This is intimidation and believe you me it wont stop there, this is just the start of it.

  • Comment number 81.

    Political correctness prevails?
    When a group of Islamic fundamentalists burn humans, we ask what it is we did that caused them to do so, and accept the fact that their "Holy" book, the Koran is the source of their authority to perform such actions. Islam will eventually prevail in a world which fear of it leads to acceptance.

  • Comment number 82.

    Terry Jones is not a well-read man. If he were, he would know the word is Imam, not Iman, and he would know that Muslims are not Moslims. This is a case once again where American ignorance of the world around us has caused someone to do something stupid. He makes it sound like the mosque will move if he puts the fire out, but he doesn't realize that the Old and New Testament are part of the Islamic faith. The Islamic world is full of followers of Isa, (Jesus), but The Rev. Terry Jones is one of the reasons many in the world resent us.

  • Comment number 83.

    Hours ago, we've sent the message below throughout the World to, not only protest against his decision, but more to propose our contribution.
    As reaction following to his decision to cancel his plan of burning the Koran, I think that's wise. He and I, we shall meet so that we may be useful each other. This could avoid another similar decision he dared.
    Thank you.
    ...................................................
    I am Rev. Dr N'GORAN, inventor of the Sin&Holiness' Visual Basics and new Biblical sciences described below.
    in fact, for a massive salvation of souls in the last times, I received from God the inspiration to elaborate these theories. I think, whichever may be the reason why the Reverend Pastor Terry Jones decides to burn publicly the Koran, our Institution is an appropriate institution to convince him of sin and/or judgement so that he may give up provided he accepts to listen to us. If any of you could simply have him be aware of our present message and could determine him to be in touch with us, we have the hope to dissuade him from his plan. If he could measure the drawbacks of his present peccaminous acts, he won't delay his decision to abandon.
    "Yes, he can", just to talk as the President Obama. I look forward to reading him and then to contributing to such a spiritual problem. Thank you for understanding us.
    My Kindest greetings.
    Rev.Dr N'GORAN.
    Abidjan, IVORY COAST (côte d'ivoire), West Africa.
    .........................................................................
    Director of the Research Centre, SIN CURE: SIN and holiness sciences Centre for University Research and Experiments.
    CURE PéCHé (in French): Centre Universitaire de Recherches, d'Expérimentation et d'enseignement en PEccatologie et CAdoshologie.
    University Centre for Research, Experiments and Teaching in Sin & Holiness theories are new sciences (Peccatology & Cadoshology).
    NEW BIBLICAL SCIENCE PROMOTER:
    Promoter of new biblical sciences (specialized in Christian Ethics): Peccatology and Cadoshology.
    Peccatology (from Lat., peccatum, "sin"): science of Sin study.
    Cadoshology (from Hebr., cadôsh, "holy"): science of the study of Holiness.
    CURE, from Lat., cura:-1°)"care, therapy, healing" ; -2°)"worry, sorrow"
    PECCA =PECHA = Péché: evolution from Latin to Modern French through Old French.

  • Comment number 84.

    It appears that the "Reverand" if he may be so called was vying for attention and attention he got, way too much. The media has made a lion out of a turkey. The only attention he should have received was a quiet visit from the FBI informing him that if his behaviour resulted in any destruction or single death he would be charged with hate crime. The First Amendment does not protect one from falsely crying "FIRE" in a crowded theatre, nor does it protect a hatemonger in inciting violence world-wide.

  • Comment number 85.

    What if I decide to burn the Koran now? What is going to happen to me? Them stupid fundamentalists and their supporters have been burning The Bible and Torah hundred of times before and it was not a big news. What a crippled world! Terry Jones has a gut! He is not a wimp like many of us. I am pissed today.

  • Comment number 86.

    This is nothing new. He's traveling under the christian umbrella here in the US that like to tell others what to do. Like what's appropriate for tv, what books should be in schools and libraries,that certain people don't have the right to get married. So why is everyone so suprised by his ignorance in this matter.

  • Comment number 87.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 88.

    And Islam is not "a cult spreading like cancer".. There are people who misinterpret and construe for different reasons, mainly political, who view casualities as means to the ends. It isn't fair to label a religion, any religion as that. Religion is beautiful if and when it is practiced for self healing, compassion towards others (charity, etc.), meditation. All of those elements are emphasized far greater than anything else. Stop contributing and posting ignorance, it isn't attractive and doesn't exemplify your intelligence in the slightest. It just makes you look like naiive sheep. You are Canadian, act like it.

  • Comment number 89.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 90.

    I welcome the decision by Pastor Terry Jones to cancel the planned "Burn the Koran" event. At last commmon sense seems to have prevailed. Going ahead with such an event will no doubt have led to increased violence and rage within the moslem community and worse still, it would have been a great opportunity for the islamic extremists such as
    Al-Qaeda to perpetrate more violence in places like Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan against innocent citizens and also against British and American forces. The consequence the world over would have been disastrous.
    I hope that the planned visit of Pastor Terry Jones to New York to meet with the islamic group planing to build a mosque near Ground Zero will yield positive reluts and foster increased dialogue between representatives of the moslem faith and others.

    SIMON OWOADE, Author of "Be Inspired. You Can Fulfil Your Dream"

  • Comment number 91.

    82. At 01:46am on 10 Sep 2010, Nealwriter1 wrote:
    " The Islamic world is full of followers of Isa, (Jesus), but The Rev. Terry Jones is one of the reasons many in the world resent us."

    No, the real they resent us is that we are weak, craven, PC-driven apologists who utterly lack the clarity and conviction of ideals and ideas that they possess. We may disagree with many in the Muslim World but one cannot help but admire their ability to say what they mean and mean what they say. We are a world of Nealwriter1s, eager to bow, apologise and appease if they would only leave us alone. They won't. And they sure don't have any reason to do after this latest cave in.

  • Comment number 92.

    I'm glad that this awful action was finally called off, but I think this was due to pressure from government and non-governmental agencies rather than any common sense or decency on behalf of this pastor.

    This type of action highlights the intense hate and fear mongering towards Muslims being fostered by right wing and fundamentalist religious groups in America right now. These people, and America at large it seems, forget that one cannot judge an entire ideology based on the actions of its extremists, and that book burning and blind hatred have some ugly precedents.

    Additionally, one of the freedoms American soldiers are "fighting for" overseas is freedom of religion. By demonizing an entire group of people based on their religious beliefs these hate groups are disrespecting all the men and women serving and dying abroad. They make me ashamed to be an American

  • Comment number 93.

    ** and by Canadian i mean World citizen, i forgot this isn't the bbc canada site, sorry :D

  • Comment number 94.

    So the BBQ is canceled then? One does hope that the flag burning will also stop after all this nonsense over a Novel.

  • Comment number 95.

    I remain confused as to whether Islam is a faith or a cult

  • Comment number 96.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 97.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 98.

    Re: "OK - you may or may not agree with Jones but what he did raised some serious questions - like it or not. Most importantly of all is the American right to free speech - that apparently died today in America." (Royke @11.14, 9 Sept) ---->
    Re: "What on earth are you talking about? He was free to burn the books, and he was permitted to do so." (MisterDuck wrote @42)

    This man, like every American citizen, has 'constrained freedoms' under the Constitution.
    He does not have the right to incite or provoke agressive acts, domestic or foreign, against the American peoples.
    His spoken intent and the physical act, if carried out, together represent incitement to riot in the USA and incitement to do much worse across the world.
    If this is what Americans call personal freedom under the Constitution, then the Constitution needs rapid amendment to cope with this latest challenge of the real world.

  • Comment number 99.

    77. At 01:35am on 10 Sep 2010, Kamalanii wrote:


    Comments like yours above display yet another reason why, when Americans travel abroad, many are embarrassed to say that they are American. Your response was bigoted and ignorant of not only the religion of Islam, but also in reasonable opinion. At least understand the topic in which you comment.

    I pray that those outside of the US understand that not all Americans share the same viewpoints as what was mentioned in comment 77. I'm from America, yes. But from the moderate and tolerant one.

    To answer the question, I am pleased that Jones has called off the burning (for now). Hateful acts and speech do not bring people together or prove a point. They only cause equally or greater violence as a response. And for the Christians who are against Islam, I hope they know that the Quran shares many of the same teachings, with the same stories, by the same prophets. Muslims even follow the teachings of Jesus. For some reason, Americans find this shocking, which is a shame; yet another reason why Americans need to have education in world religions.

  • Comment number 100.

    Well, that's another Hollywood drama over with for now. The Pastor and the evangelical cult followers ready with their guns (as seen on Tv) to fight the rest of the world. Somehow, I can't imagine our local vicar having a gun in our local parish, but then again I'm in the UK.

    What's the bet we'll see an Oscar nominated movie being produced in the next 2 years?

    Pastor Jones and all those idiotic extremists out there who say they do things 'in the name of God or Allah' will have some explaining to do when they eventually get to meet their maker.

 

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