Koran burnt in Florida church
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP), Mon Mar 21, 12:59 am ET – 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.”
The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.
The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.
Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.
He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.
But this time, he said he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book,” but did not receive any answer.
He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.
The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.
Life in the normally quiet city of Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. And while there were public protests against Jones’ 9/11 activities, this event was largely ignored.
Jadwiga Schatz, who came to show support for Jones, expressed concern that Islam was growing in Europe.
“These people, for me, are like monsters,” she said. “I hate these people.”
Jones said he considered this event a success.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. (etYahooNews)
JuD announces Rs 10 crore for killing US pastor over Quran burning
ISLAMABAD |PTI| Mar 22, 2011, 08.38pm IST: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah today announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for anyone who kills American pastor Terry Jones, one of the two preachers who oversaw the burning of the Quran in the US on Sunday.
The reward was announced by senior JuD leader Amir Hamza, a close aide of the group’s chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, while chairing a meeting of the Tehrik Hurmat-e-Rasool.
Leaders of dozens of religious groups attended the meeting held in Lahore.
The meeting also decided to organise a protest against the desecration of the Quran on Friday.
Rallies will be held in cities and towns across Pakistan, said a statement issued the religious groups.
A demonstration will also be held in Lahore on Wednesday.
The religious groups asked traders, lawyers, students, members of civil society organisations and farmers to join the protests.
The silence of Muslim rulers is unfortunate and Muslims “must adopt the way of jihad against blasphemous acts by Zionists”, the statement said.
The US administration and army and the Pope are patronising those who published blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the statement said.
They are “destroying world peace” and these acts are the hurting the sentiments of Muslims, it said.
Islamic countries should quit the UN if it fails to stop such acts and Muslims should give a befitting reply to people like Terry Jones so that they do not commit such acts in future, the statement said.
The religious groups also decided to convene meeting of the heads of political and religious parties to frame a “policy to be presented to the world leaders”.
The Pakistan government strongly condemned the desecration of the Quran by two American pastors, describing it as a “despicable act” aimed at provoking “dissent and discord among communities and people across the world”.
The American pastors burnt the Quran on Sunday after the holy book was found “guilty” during a “trial” at a church in Florida. (et TimesofIndia)
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