Readers speak out about Dove World Outreach Center


Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.

Greg Ines: It's radical Muslims who are intolerant

In their July 30 Speaking Out about the Dove Outreach Center's Quran book burning on Sept. 11th 2010 Howard Simon, Benetta Standly and Sonya Rudenstine are so enthralled with Muslim rights they fail to see their own hypocrisy. They compare the book burning ceremony to Nazi Germany and the 1800's Ku Klux Klan. They imply that the book buring ceremony attendees are one step away from burning humans. Furthermore, they also compare our American prejudices of the past with the upcooming event on Sept. 11th, 2010.

I do not attend The Dove Outreach Center and I have no vested interest in burning books, but moderate Muslims must rise up and denounce the behavior of their radical brothers and sisters. And until they do, I will surly side the likes of The Dove Outreach Center and their "bigoted behavior."

They say we should, "condemn 9/11 Muslim intolerance" and even use the term "Islmophobia,"and yet it is the radical Muslims who intolerant.

The Speaking Out even quoted a 60-year-old Supreme Court ruling: "The function of free speech...is to invite dispute...and may indeed best serve its high purpose when it...even stirs up anger." Now, that sounds about right!

Greg Ines,

Gainesville

Ayesha Mangla: A shameful act of desecration

Dove World Outreach Center is planning to burn copies of the Holy Quran on the ninth anniversary of Sept 11. It was gratifying to read that the National Association of Evangelicals and a Jewish human rights organization have condemned such plans. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community we cannot fathom the desecration of the Holy Quran and thus strongly condemn this shameful attempt as well. In response, the AMC is launching a nationwide campaign to educate fellow Americans about the Holy Quran which was revealed in this sacred month of Ramadan. The very act of burning religious scripture is contrary to the teachings of the world's major religions, including Christianity, which enjoins its followers to turn the other cheek.

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community warned in his Friday Sermon “This attitude of the Dove Church will create disorder in the world. They seem oblivious of the status the Qur'an gives to Jesus (on whom be peace) and Hardhat Maryam (mother of Jesus).”

Thus as Muslims who believe in the Messiah Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian and his Master Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites intellectual debate on the Holy Quran, which gives high status to Jesus Christ and a whole chapter named after mother Mary (peace be on them both).

For more information on local exhibitions, symposia and where to get copies of the Holy Quran and its translations, contact spokesperson Waseem Sayed at 909-636-4397 or visit www.alislam.org or www.muslimsforpeace.org

Ayesha Mangla

Portage MI

Gerald Langford: Dueling book burnings

I would like to make a proposal. Let's have dueling book burnings. We could all get together in a big field and have opposing groups burn the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, the Book of Mormon, the Upanishads, etc. We could have inspirational speakers, singers, dancers and cheerleaders, and we could imbibe a few cold ones (to make us more spiritual). It would be better than a football game.

Personally, I want to bash Abraham for being such a bad parent. If he had done a better job, we wouldn't have three different religions at each other's throats today.

Gerald Langford,

Alachua

Salma B Ahmad: Ignorance and bigotry must stop

Today the gap between peoples of different faiths has widened. We see new insults and misconceptions regarding each other's religion on almost a daily basis. In a world where each day brings a new calamity for humans to face, can we really afford intolerance towards another religion and does it suit a citizen to stoop so low as to burn a holy book or ridicule a holy figure?

As an Ahmadi Muslim I am deeply perturbed by the plans of a church in Florida to burn the Holy Quran so as to commemorate the 9/11 victims. From my perspective, my faith Islam has been hijacked by some extremists and all the rest of us have nothing to do with it. We are equally the victims of terrorism as the rest of the world and an immature action such as burning Holy Quran hurts us tremendously. Muslims all over the world are generally peaceful, law abiding citizens of their respective countries and readily condemn terrorism. They therefore do not deserve to be held accountable for the actions of extremists. Our Prophet Muhammad allowed Christian missionaries to pray in his mosque and held a memorable civil debate with them. Do those who accuse Islam of intolerance even know about this?

Burn a Quran day will only cause resentment and will encourage extremism. The need of the hour is to join hands and collectively fight ignorance and bigotry.

Salma B Ahmad,

Blacksburg, VA

Mansura Bashir Minhas: Event will only fuel bigotry and resentment

Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center, Gainesville, is planning to burn copies of the Quran on September 11. He is demonstrating his ignorance about Islam and this event will only fuel bigotry and resentment. His initiative confirms the presence of extremist fringes in every religion. Just as the proponents of the militant ideology (al-Qaeda) misconstrue Islam for their political motives, pastor Jones is using this event to solicit publicity.

Fanatic elements do a great disservice to Islam and Christianity by distorting their core message of compassion, tolerance and humility. They must be dismissed as they lack credibility and the endorsement of the peaceful majority

Mansura Bashir Minhas,

Miami, FL

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