Source: Haaretz - Sept 11 2010
It seems burning of religious texts is not something only confined to crazy fringe Christian leaders wanting to burn Quran's on Spet 11.
In 2008 Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in an act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.
At the time Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.
After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.
"The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue," he said.
The newspaper Maariv reported at the time that hundreds of yeshiva students took part in the book-burning. But Aharon told The Associated Press that only a few students were present, and that he was not there when the books were torched.
"Not all of the New Testaments that were collected were burned, but hundreds were," he said.
He said he regretted the burning of the books, but called it a commandment to burn materials that urge Jews to convert.
"I certainly don't denounce the burning of the booklets, he said. I denounce those who distributed the booklets."
Jews worship from the Old Testament, including the Five Books of Moses and the writings of the ancient prophets. Christians revere the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, which contains the ministry of Jesus.
Calev Myers, an attorney who represents Messianic Jews, or Jews who accept Jesus as their savior, demanded in an interview with Army Radio that all those involved be put on trial. He estimated there were 10,000 Messianic Jews, who are also known as Jews for Jesus, in Israel.
When the incident happened in 2008, Police made no immediate comment and no charges were laid since.
Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews, though in most cases it is not illegal. Still, the concept of a Jew burning books is abhorrent to many in Israel because of the association with Nazis torching piles of Jewish books during the Holocaust of World War II.
In early 2008, the teenage son of a prominent Christian missionary was seriously wounded when a package bomb delivered to the family's West Bank home went off in his hands.
In 2007, arsonists burst into a Jerusalem church used by Messianic Jews and set the building on fire, raising suspicions that Jewish extremists were behind the attack. No one claimed responsibility, but the same church was burned down 25 years ago by ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists.
Depsite all these incidents, there was no media driven world wide outrage from the Christian world.
Whether it is a Bible, Torah, Quran or any other sacred religious text, book burning is wrong and should be condemned.
On Burning Of Quran
Who is burning the Quran? A Christian priest?
Ask a question, if I write the name of Jesus Christ on a piece of paper 29 times and give it to him to burn it, will he burn it?
If I write the name of Moses on a piece of paper and give it to a Jew, will he burn it?
What they intend to burn is the same. In the Quran the name of Jesus Christ is mentioned with great Honour 29 times and the name of Moses with dignity 129 times, while the name of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon all of them) is mentioned just 4 times. In addition all the 24 prophets mentioned in the Quran are there in the Bible.
Make them aware that they are burning the names of Jesus Christ, Moses and all 24 prophets.
The problem is none of them have ever cared to read the Quran. My request to them is to read the Quran's translation in their own language (easily available free in mosques and in Islamic Centers) and then decide whether burning the Quran is justified or not. I may assure them that they will highly regret in their lives when at a later date they read it.
All the allegations of immorality on Mother Mary, Jesus Christ and other prophets mentioned in different books have been very neatly refuted in the Quran. Mother Mary has been given the highest Honour amongst all the women of the World. Read it you will be enlightened.
Birth of Moses and his marriage has been described in the most respectful manner. Not a single derogatory word has been used in the Quran for any of the prophets those mentioned in the Bible.
Why burn the Quran? Burn those books in which baseless allegations have been put on many of the prophets of God. That will be fully justified. Once you read its translation, you will be convinced that it is the best book on earth, every word is of God, the God of Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all). Not a single word has changed in 1431 years. It is in its original, pristine form preserved in Turkey and in Leningrad.
It is totally a wrong concept that it was written by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). How can a person who did not know how to read anything or write, can write a book of over 600 pages without any mistake, describing the advance theory of science and space? He could not even put his signature on the letters which he sent to the heads of states, he used to stamp them with a seal of his name. Moreover the Quran is in the highest literary form of Arabic language, which he did not speak; he used to speak colloquial Arabic. How can Quran be considered man made; a book which describes intricate embryological development of a fetus, space science, complicated oceanography and in over 1400 years no one has found any contradiction or any mistake? Every word of the Quran is the word of God, the same God of Adam, Abraham Moses and Jesus Christ. How can anyone even think of burning the words of your own God?
What is radical about Islam or the teachings of the Quran? Without reading it you call it radical!
Bring a single copy of the Bible which is in its original form. What amount of changes is made in the Bible by men to the words of God? Who gave them the authority in the very first place to change the words of God, revise and re-revise the Bible? But still we do not call it radical. We also have appeal to the Muslims of the whole world don't even think of burning a single copy of the Bible in retaliation because the Bible has the names of our 24 prophets whom all we respect from the core of our hearts.
Coming down to the most crucial point of 9/11: The allegation is again on the Muslim, so they decided to burn the Quran, stop building an Islamic Center in Manhattan near Ground Zero. Have a look at the documentaries made on the truth of 9/11. These documentaries are proved without the shadow of doubt there in the scenario of 9/11 in the year 2001, no Muslim was involved. In one of the documentary it said loud and clear that no Muslim is involved in 9/11 .
Amazing, all the documentaries and films are made by Americans and that too Christians. Go through each and every documentary on YouTube, you will be amazed, who did it - you have to decide yourself of course not any Muslim?
The preparation was done three months before 9/11. If anyone considers these documentaries are not authentic, why can't they take the producers to the courts and involve FBI to investigate how dare they can make such movie which has tarnished the image of America all over the world and the whole world had sunk in deep recession shattering the economy of all the countries. What benefit they achieved by doing so? Thousands of Americans were killed and even are being killed today. Trillions of Dollars have burnt in smoke, millions of innocent people were killed and other multimillions suffered. Why don't these preachers of peace go after them who did it? Why Muslims and why Quran?
From: raja chemayel <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 12:02 AM
Subject: Inside a Koran
Koran burner Derek Fenton booted from his job at NJ Transit
DAILY NEWS WRITERS - September 14th 2010
Gov. Chris Christie supports NJ Transit's termination of Koran-burning protester.
NJ Transit was right to can Koran-burning creep Derek Fenton, says Gov. Chris Christie
BY PETE DONOHUE - DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER - Thursday, September 16th 2010
12 September, 2010
Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry
THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST RACISM IN THE
"UNITY AND SOLIDARITY RALLY"
EVERY NATIONALITY IN NEW YORK COMES OUT
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
On the ninth anniversary of September 11, thousands of people marched against racism in a diverse show of solidarity that far outnumbered the Tea Party-led hate rallies.
For more information and reports see:
To donate to continue this critical mobilization against racism, go to
Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry
c/o Solidarity Center 55 W 17th St #5C NYC 212-633-6646 iacenter.org/muslimsolidarity
Muslims and Islam Were Part of Twin Towers' Life By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/11/nyregion/11religion.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3&hp&adxn
Interview with Pastor Jones' Daughter
'Papa, Don't Do It'
From: raja chemayel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM
Subject: How to burn a light-tower....
What IQ can this creature ever have??
why do people watch what he does??
or care what he says??
Should we not lock him up
with some Catholic-paedophile-monks ??
for 2 week.....
Mike Ghouse is a speaker on Islam and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day
Burning the Quran and the Satanic Verses: Is there a difference? By Yamin Zakaria - http://yaminzakaria.blogspot.com Sept. 10, 2010
Whilst some Muslims around the world demonstrate with rage, others find this cheap media stunt by the US Pastor, Terry Jones, rather amusing; he appears like the typical ignorant rugged hillbilly with a tiny band of followers. From his interviews, he fits the profile of those ignorant Americans raised on a diet of Zionist Fox News and baseball, who would struggle to comment on the US history and geography, let alone the rest of the world.
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Date: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Flooding over the Truth
Click the player below to start the stream and view this sermon.
Respected Pastor Terry Jones,
I have read your worldwide call for the burning of the Quran on this coming 11th of September. Your message stated that you are a pastor of one of the churches in Florida in the United States of America.
As an Arab Catholic priest from Damascus (Syria), I wondered what would be your objective, as an American pastor, for such a call?
I wondered, and I ask you: What are your responsibilities as a pastor?
Are you really a Christian pastor serving God in a church in America?
Or are you merely a layperson from America who is pretending to be in the service of Christ?