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Koran Burning

Five Lessons Big Media Won't Learn From Koran-Burning Fameseekers

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

Like a wayward boyfriend who just can't stop playing the field, mainstream media outlets often wind up begging the audience for forgiveness when a particularly savvy or lucky charlatan turns their chase for attention-seeking stories against them.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week we learned that, when it comes to inflating a non-story into a leads-the-news story, the media has learned nothing since Falcon Heene's transformation into Balloon Boy. But, of course, Balloon Boy's saga didn't put American lives at risk, as did the elevation of the nutty ramblings of a certain Florida-based pastor whose name I've promised to never mention again. Since when do we give a national platform to the delusional ranting of a screw-loose extremist with fewer than 50 followers? There's a guy in Belleview who thinks he's Napoleon, but no one was leading the political chat shows with his plans for 9/11. With an unnecessary war raging in Afghanistan, Americans still being killed in Iraq, and millions struggling to make ends meet here at home, it's time for the media to beam back from bizarro world and put the spotlight where it belongs.

The Antidote to Intolerance? Amplifying the Voice of Compassion

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Amy Novogratz

At a time when religious intolerance is creeping into public consciousness, now is an important moment to highlight Karen Armstrong, who won the TED Prize in 2008, and then made her wish to create a Charter for Compassion.

Yosemite Sam Hacks the Media

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Why did Terry Jones get media exposure? Media coverage is the oxygen that keeps these people alive and makes them seem to matter.

Forget the Pastor: Let's Talk About the Extremists to Worry About

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

This debate -- ostensibly about the rights of American Muslims to build a community center a few blocks from Ground Zero -- is really about the rights of Muslim Americans to be just that: both Muslim and American.

Burning The Quran Does Not Illuminate The Bible

Lamar Vest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lamar Vest

My hope and prayer is that Muslims and people of all faiths will understand that those who denigrate, defame or destroy the Quran do not represent a biblical worldview and do not speak for all Christians.

Bonfire of Insanity -- Pastor Terry Jones' Burning Love for Jesus

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dylan Brody

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Quran-Burning Protests In Afghanistan Turn Violent

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Thousands of Afghans are protesting a small American church's plan to burn the Muslim holy book. At least 11 people have bee...

Crazed Christians: Two Lifesized Looney Tunes

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jake Diliberto

Between the Crusades, the Great Schism, the Thirty Years' War, the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Christian genocide of Native A...

Burning the Quran Is Like Burning the Gospels

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

While Pastor Jones is within his constitutional rights to undertake this despicable act, he is as misguided in his actions as the terrorists who abuse the Quran to justify their murderous acts.

Thank You, Koran Burners

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sally Kohn

Now when someone insists Islam is the only religion with fringe whack jobs, we can all reply, "Not true! Look at those Christian whack jobs burning K...

Reverend Terry Jones: Relignoramus

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ian Gurvitz

He's not a national figure. Not a scholar. Not a leader of any kind. Just a clod who doesn't understand his own religion, or anyone else's. The guy's a walking advertisement for atheism. He doesn't speak for all Christians. Or all Americans.

Tennessee Minister Also Planning Quran Burning

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rev. Terry Jones's now globally maligned idea to burn Qurans on the 9th anniversary of September 11th is receiving praise from one Tennessee minister ...

Firefighters Could Douse The Plan To Burn The Quran

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Weller

The wild card is the fact that the minister does not have a permit from the city of Gainesville. Officials there say police will be present and the fire department could be called on to douse the blaze.

Koran Burning and Mosque Building Through Muslim Eyes

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Park51 is not that big of a deal for the majority of Muslims living outside America. In fact, in a recent poll by Elaph, 58% of respondents said they are for moving the mosque to some other location.

Stewart Takes Down Florida Pastor Planning 'Burn A Quran Day' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart had a field day mocking Florida pastor Terry Jones for organizing an "International Burn the Koran Day" on...

Obama Implores Minister To Call Off Quran Burning

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to "listen to those better angels" and call off his plan t...

Quran-Burning Pastor's Former German Church Denounces Him: He's 'Violent And Fanatical'

Religion News Service | By Niels Sorrells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Niels Sorrells Religion News Service Berlin (RNS) A German congregation founded by the Florida preacher who has sparked global controversy with pl...

P is for Pastor. (Also for Poison)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We will shine a light on what is false, until the world sees what we see. And if it falls to us to be known forever after as the spark for that bonfire, it is as the Lord has written: Any publicity is good publicity.

Glenn Beck Should Oppose Quran Burning, Pakistani Ambassador Says

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Pakistan's ambassador to the United States is calling on conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck to denounce the planned ...

Muslims Pro-Act Against Quran Burning

Mike Ghouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

What is God going to do as Pastor Jones burns the Quran? Nothing. What are Muslims going to do about it? They will pray for the well-being of the pastor.

10 Reasons Not to Burn a Quran -- and How to Fight Bigotry

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

Human Rights First has compiled our own list -- we asked our supporters to submit reasons NOT to burn a Koran. We received over 5,000 responses.

Chattering Classless

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If you were sitting in Afghanistan, Iraq, or even places where our military is not active like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan or Indonesia what kind of media sausage is being made over there?

Pray for Pastor Jones and Matches That Don't Ignite on 9/11

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Gardner

If you burn a single Koran on 9/11, you will cause me more pain than any mosque near Ground Zero will ever cause. You will dishonor every American who died that day

Burning Scriptures -- An Opportunity for Peace

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

Some might say that Pastor Jones would never agree to a dialogue. Until he is approached, we will never know. The job of the peacemaker is to show the parties that talking to each other is politically and emotionally safe.