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Burn a Quran Day

Media Fan The Flames Of Religious Intolerance

Rev. Charles Gibbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Charles Gibbs

Burning a Quran, or any holy book, is an offense to our common humanity, and we can hardly turn a blind eye. But this kind of violence is not the story of our society; it is a sideshow.

The War Over Muslims In America

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

As 2010 comes to a close, it's clear that this year offered few favors for the American Muslim identity or reputation. Indeed, Pew reports that Muslims in America had a higher approval rating after 9/11 than in 2010.

Educating for Democracy: Book Burning and "Wagging the Dog"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joel Shatzky

This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.

Sir Salman Rushdie on the So-Called-Mosque Debate: "This Stuff Is Stupid"

Michael Ames | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Ames

"I am not a fan of burning books, and I have some experience in this," he said. "We cannot burn books, no matter how much you dislike the book. I would not, for instance, burn the books of Dan Brown."

Quran-Burning Coverage: The Hollowness of "Storytelling" as a Journalistic Value

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Spencer Critchley

In reality, Jones appears to be an obscure bigot with about 50 deluded followers. But in the media, Jones has become the world-famous protagonist of a parable of religious intolerance.

How The Quran Burning Threat Showed What Is Good About America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

As the threatened Quran-burning episode marks an important and rare moment of national agreement on two fundamental American principles.

Quran Burning, Past And Present

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

People have been burning the Quran since the early days of Islam, but they haven't always been its enemies. The third caliph, Uthman, became famous, or rather infamous, for Quran 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.

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.

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.

Are Koran-burners just keepin' the faith?

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leah Anthony Libresco

Coverage of memorials on the ninth anniversary of September 11th have been eclipsed by the will-he-or-won't-he drama of Pastor Terry Jones's threats t...

President Obama and Sarah Palin Agree: Muslims Can Be Dangerous

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Muslims are dangerous. That's the bipartisan message of the day. That Muslims around the world can be provoked into violent rage by the burning of the Quran is a belief unquestioned by both liberals and conservatives.

'Burn A Quran Day' Gets A NSFW Commercial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

No event works without a little promotion. And despite the media's best efforts to turn "International Burn A Quran Day" into a big deal, somebody dec...

Creationism, Burning The Quran And The Mosque Near Ground Zero: What Do They Have In Common?

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Faith is the way to peace. Fear is the way to mistrust, division, and, well, you draw your own conclusions.

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.

What Would Jesus Do: Burn The Quran Or Eat With His Muslim Neighbors?

Eugene Cho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eugene Cho

God not only died for us but dwelt amongst us. He walked among us. And he did the most amazing thing: Jesus ate with humanity. In that simple expression of eating, he declared his desire for friendship.

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.

A Plea to Ignore the Ignorant

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

It's as if the media is running advertisements for this pseudo-Christian man and his church. We are providing him with free publicity, and for that, I am truly repentant.

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.

Burn A Bible, Save A Kitten

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Morford

Way out there on the wicked, broken fringes of society, those ugly and savage edges that always seem to be moving ever closer to the mainstream and a...

Lead By Example: Amid Quran Controversy, Church Partners With Islamic Center

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As a controversial pastor prepares to burn copies of the Quran in Florida, he might be able to use some advice from the people of Tennessee. They know...

The MRFF Will Donate A New Quran To The Afghan Army For Every One Destroyed By Pastor Jones

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

MRFF has decided to donate to the Afghan National Army, as a gesture of good will and a statement of opposition to this entirely un-American act of religious bigotry, a new Quran for each one destroyed by Jones and his followers.

Quran Burning Pastor: 'We Are Definitely Prepared To Give Our Lives' (VIDEO)

ABC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Christian minister who has ignited a media firestorm with his intention to commemorate the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by burning copies of th...

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.