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Published:March 24th, 2011 12:46 EST

Crazy Evangelical Minister Publicly Burns Koran

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book `guilty` of crimes.

The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.


Sunday`s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found `guilty` and `executed.`"


Last September Jones received international attention over his plan to publicly burn copies of the Koran. How can we forget the spectacle of President Barack Obama publicly pleading with the crazy preacher not to burn the Koran?

Jones backed away from his controversial publicity stunt in September, promising not to burn the Koran. But last Sunday he broke his promise, and set a copy of the Koran on fire.

The Koran has been used to justify the subjugation of women, genocide against infidels, and hundreds of terrorist attacks. Any individual with a modicum of commonsense will admit that the Koran is responsible for the spiritual and literal enslavement of millions.

The Bible has been used to justify the subjugation of women, genocide against infidels, and numerous other crimes. Jones should focus on dealing with the sins in his own denomination.

But the bloody legacy and the harmful effects of the Bible pale in comparison to the Koran. There isn`t a single Muslim nation that I would consider a democracy, not even Turkey or Indonesia.. Almost without exception, Islamic countries are dictatorships where women are treated like chattel, and practitioners of minority religions are persecuted and murdered. In contrast most Christian nations are democracies where women are treated as equals and minority religions are respected.

Burning a Koran serves no useful purpose, it only serves to inflame passions and intimidate American Muslims from practicing their religion.

I`m a freethinker and I despise all organized religions, but I would never burn any "holy" book. Censorship is anti-American, and Americans of all religious beliefs should condemn the burning of the Koran.

We live in a democracy and Jones is free to rail against the sins of Islam. But burning a Koran crosses a line, its an affront against free speech and it`s an act of violence meant to harass Muslims.

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