Church in Fundyland sponsors “International Burn a Quran Day”. Just faschistnating.

International? Well, you have to give the folks at the Dove World Outreach Center credit for having high aspirations (for their rather lowly endeavors). From the looks of their website and their amateurish, if not disastrous, attempts at public relations, it’s doubtful that they hold much influence outside Gainesville.

From the Facebook page promoting their cause:

On September 11th, 2010, from 6pm – 9pm, we will burn the Koran on the property of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam. Islam is of the devil!

Sadly, almost 1600 Facebook nuts have joined. Maybe it’s because of all the really funny racist cartoons on the page. I don’t know. Maybe it was a slow YouTube day.

Telling people that Islam is of the Devil is a pretty important evangelical tool for these folks. They even went to the trouble of putting up some fancy plywood signs, Burma-Shave style, on their church’s lawn. But wouldn’t you know it? They were vandalized by some enemies of freedom and liberty:

Notice the quality craftsmanship? What a shame. Anyway, the savvy Dove Worlders knew exactly who the culprits were:

Last night one of our signs was vandalized. This is private property and vandalism is a crime here in America. In Islam, many actions that we consider to be crimes are encouraged, condoned or sheltered under Islamic teaching and practice, though. Another reason to burn a Koran. The signs have been in front of the church for a year. They are made of sturdy plywood and the missing sign will be replaced.

Who dun it?

Free speech is hated by homosexuals and they do not like to hear the truth about their perverted lifestyle. We are protesting our openly homosexual Mayor Aug 2. Maybe they did it, (not the Mayor himself, surely) but the more likely trigger for this attack is the burn a Koran Day plan.

Free speech is not Sharia compliant, and the Moslem Mafia (CAIR) is openly opposed to our signs and message. But this is America and we have the law on our side. The police defend us and our rights, the Fire Department have no problem with our having a bonfire on 9/11, and we will not be silenced.

I guess there is no need to overly worry about these goofy,fringe,church-going people. After all, they’re just idiots. But don’t forget:the people who supported Hitler and Mussolini were seemingly harmless, middle-class, church-going idiots as well. Brown shirts and white sheets. A lot in common.

Look out Westboro Baptist. Looks like you’ve got some competition.

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    • #2 by Christian Beyer on August 3, 2010 - 2:59 pm

      Funny. I almost didn’t approve your comment, seeing as how you dropped the F-bomb. But it is one of my favorite words and I would be a hypocrite if I blocked it. And then I went to your site and I found myself liking it. So what the hell.

      And, in essence, I agree with your sentiment about religion. For the most part.

  1. #3 by thejamminjabber on August 3, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Thanks. Will watch the language in any future angry comments. :)

  2. #4 by Christian Beyer on August 3, 2010 - 4:47 pm

    No problem. I can’t agree with (but fully understand) your wish that all religious books be set to the torch. I think there’s a lot of good stuff – poetry, story, methaphor, even wisdom- to be had within their pages, even if you aren’t a theist. (are an atheist?). It’s just that you really have to be a bit daft to take them literally, which is what both theists and atheists tend to do. Anyway, I wonder what the world would be like without them. Perhaps better off?

    As for the Quran – I think it is meant to be recited in Arabic – like poetry or song. So that pretty much leaves that out for me. But it amazes me how many Christians have condemned it and never read one word of it.

    • #5 by lurid tales of doom on August 24, 2010 - 7:10 pm

      I’m an atheist but I have well-read and heavily annotated copies of the bible, the Qur’an and other religious texts – I keep them on my top shelf as a Muslim would. I don’t think religious thoughts should be respected or unchallenged any more than secular thought, but thinking, culture, artistry and history should be respected by all means and religious texts are saturated with all four. Our mythology has shaped a large part of our humanity, if we burn that, how long before we burn people too?(paraphrasing someone, can’t remember who)

      • #6 by Christian Beyer on August 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm

        I read someone recently who said that one of the biggest mistakes we are making is not making the study of comparative religions mandatory in our schools. We all go through life completely ignorant of the most powerful driving forces in the world, voting on issues and making decisions in the dark. Bravo to you for understanding this.

  3. #7 by lurid tales of doom on August 24, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    “If you’re on the side burning books, it’s a pretty good chance you’re on the wrong side, learnt that in the forties” – my grandfather on burning copies of Harry Potter. It’s a shame Islam doesn’t have a tradition of sanctifying damaged holy texts by burning them as in Sikh or Jewish tradition, the irony would’ve been worth it.

    • #8 by Christian Beyer on August 25, 2010 - 1:31 pm

      A pretty good rule to live by. Book burning is a favorite outdoor past time for fascists.

    • #10 by Christian Beyer on August 31, 2010 - 11:01 pm

      To be honest, I didn’t get it. What was he trying to say? Whatever it was, thank God that it is “up to the Church to point it out”.

      Awaiting further developments.

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