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Mideast churches denounce Quran burning
Published Thursday 09/09/2010 (updated) 11/09/2010 12:28
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A Florida church which says it intends to burn 200 copies of the Quran is not acting "within the teachings of Christianity," the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox church in Jerusalem said Thursday.

The Council of Churches in the Middle East condemned the plans, calling them in a statement a "detestable crime against the teachings of Jesus Christ, and all of the values of the Church."

Burning the Muslim holy book, they say, contravenes international conventions of human rights.

“We as the successors of Al-Uhda Al-Umariyya (the Covenant of Omar) unite with our brothers in all the Holy Land churches and with all our Muslim brothers to stand against the implications of the plan that extremist thinkers and graduates of hatred and intolerance schools will try to enact," the statement said.

The Covenant of Omar dates back to 638 when the Caliph Omar took the city of Jerusalem from its Christian Byzantine leaders. According to historians, Omar rode into the city on a camel, blessing the Christians and offering them a covenant that stipulated their safety of life and property, freedom of worship, freedom to leave in safety, and the security of their churches in exchange for the obligation to may taxes. Omar and his taking of Jerusalem is remembered as one of the highlights of a tradition of Christian-Muslim coexistence in the city.

Jerusalem Patriarch with the Greek Orthodox Church Theophilus III personally condemned what he called the assault of religion that the proposed Quran-burning entailed. In the name of all the Christians in the east, the Patriarch called on the American authorities to "take the right measures and forbid the burning."

In Washington, US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Terry Jones, pastor of a small evangelical church in Gainesville, Fla., to cancel his plan to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, warning that such a "stunt" would amount to a "recruitment bonanza for Al-Qaeda."

"If he's listening, I hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans, that this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance," Obama said. "And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform."

Obama added: "Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for Al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who would be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities."
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
09/09/2010 16:28
do they have any other choice with knife held to their throat

2 ) Alistair / Scotland
09/09/2010 18:07
These guys are not your average christians,these guys are the Itmar ben gvrs of the christian world ,these guys are settler lovers and haters of islam unlike true christians.These people are end of days worshipers waiting on armmagedon,they believe in rapture a made up idea that when the world is destroyed or about to be destroyed they will disappear(like magic) before your eyes to heaven.You don't get much more extreme than these people and ofcourse the love all things that are holy to jews

3 ) Robert Haymond / Canada/Israel
09/09/2010 18:07
"this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Queda", says Obama: So American policy should be based on what foreign based terrorist organizations will do with our internal activity? Absurd. We either allow religious freedom or we don't. Burning Korans is poor publicity but it is perfectly legal. The best American statement would be for huge crowds to show up at the book burning and protest. Incidentally, are churches allowed to operate in Saudi Arabia? I thought not.

4 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
09/09/2010 18:12
About the only people who think this is a good idea are far fight religious and political extremists who care not one whit for the lives of American GIs and civilians in the Muslim world.

5 ) Phil / UK
09/09/2010 18:26
Personally, I don't think this guy is right. But I do think you Muslims are absolute hypocrites to condemn him for burning a few books when you lot are burning churches and murdering Christians by the thousands. To quote the words of the one true God, Jesus Christ. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

6 ) David / USA
09/09/2010 19:13
Could Maan please limit its comments to humans

7 ) marie / opt/usa
09/09/2010 19:29
This so called preacher is senseless. He only had about 100 followers and lost half of them due this senseless act. The Muslim community of the town has a great counterprotest planned. While this idiot and his few idiot followers stage their blasphemous show, the Muslims will be feeding the homeless of town. Great!
US allows book, flag, etc burning as a freedom if speech. However, this spectacle has been banned by the fire authorities so hopefully the idiot will do a little time in jail.

8 ) southparkbear / usa
09/09/2010 19:41
if you read The Beleaguered Christians in Bethlehem
by Khaled Abu Toameh you may get the idea what christians are going through living with muslim neighboors.

9 ) Tim Crump / UK
09/09/2010 19:53
I'm with the Jerusalem Patriarch and President Obama - much as we share the anguish of the American people over the atrocities of 9/11 - to inflict hurt on others by burning a holy book will only cause harm.

10 ) southparkbear / usa
09/09/2010 20:04
you think Angela should award the preist a prize in the fashion bestowed on den cartoonist?

11 ) Jonas / London
09/09/2010 21:33
Maan should exercise more editorial control over these comments. It's pretty clear to me that some are systematic hasbara agents, intending to stir up sectarianism and hate -- the Zionist movement tried that for 100 years and it failed. The Palestinian Christians are an inseparable part of the Palestinian and Arab nations. Khaled Abu Toameh is a self-hating Arab, who writes for the fanatically right-wing Jerusalem Post. He's not a serious journalist, he is a propagandist for Israel.

12 ) Cameron / USA
09/09/2010 22:14
"Khaled Abu Toameh"...really? Did you just reference a work of his? He has no credibility withing the Palestinian-Christian population whatsoever!

13 ) Amarein / Palestine
09/09/2010 22:35
call that mad man a Christian????
he and his evil deciples are the Shaitans beloved!!!
shame on him!
shame in the U,S media for permitting him air time on T.V
shame on Obama for pussy-footing around this crazy imbecile!
he and his kind should be rounded up/locked up before 9/11
they bring shame& disgrace to the American people
and to Christianity
.REVENGE will be terrible!!!!

14 ) Jiries / Palestine
09/09/2010 23:21
I'm a Christian from Bethlehem and Khaled Abu Toameh is a big lier. All his sources are "off the record". Christians are affected by the Israeli occupation and everything else is nonsense. We have access to less than 13% of our district and Jerusalem is now divided by settlements and a Wall from us... Christians from the Holy Land are Palestinians and will continue to struggle until we get back our freedom.

15 ) Palestinian / Sweden
09/09/2010 23:28
To Phil/UK:
What are you talking about. Which churches are burned by muslim and where are thousands of christians killed???? The only country I can think of were christians are killed is Iraq. But so are other minorities and its an unique sitiatuation in Iraq. And there are no thousands Christians killed in Iraq. I eat my left shoe if you can mention another country were a so called mass killing of Chistians occure.

16 ) Deir Yassin / France/Palestine
09/09/2010 23:34
Teddybear) Khaled Abu Toameh is the Palestinian version of a journalistic Quisling. By the way, when did you learn to read ?

17 ) Joe Fattal / USA
09/09/2010 23:47
The man is entitle to burn anything he want "Freedom of speech". But the media attention that he is getting in the US is far more destructive that the act itself. People like that you tend to ignore, not giving him the time of the day to publicize his stupidy. He already appeared on TV, now he probably write a book about it. That man would have probably being hanged in some other country just for having the intention of doing it.

18 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
10/09/2010 00:49
Read the Palestinian Media Watch or MEMRI to see and read and hear what hatred mideastern Muslim countries produce spew daily (in Arabic) against Jews and Christians. But we rarely ever read or hear of Muslims protesting. Why is that? Fear of punishment or genuine agreement? Yet when one cult pastor decides to deride Muslims, it makes international news.

19 ) Khadijah / Ramallah Authority
10/09/2010 02:07
I think it is disgraceful that they want to burn the Qur'an. Cowards and Bigots. But it will not hurt me. What hurts me more is that hundreds of thousands of my Muslim brothers and sisters are illiterate and can't even read this book or any other book. I think that is something to get all upset about...not this stupid Terry Jones...who cares about him. I agree with India that there should be a media blackout of this man and act. More serious things like poverty and such to pay attention to.

20 ) abdel / usa
10/09/2010 03:31
God promised muslims to protect the qurran, and he will. Burning 200 hundred copies is not going to have any effects. The only thing is really going to happened is that god will burn those sinners in his hell for burning his wards. Bad luck to qurran's burners

21 ) marie / opt/usa
10/09/2010 08:18
#8 If you visited Christians living in Bethlehem you would get an idea of what they and their Palestinian neighbors are going through living under the apartheid regime of Israel.

22 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
10/09/2010 08:20
Yet mideastern Arab countries and most Muslim nations send out a cesspool of dirty information on a daily basis denouncing the West, Christianity and Judaism without regard to any objectivity whatsoever. See The Palestinian Watch and MEMRI for updated illustrations.

23 ) Phil / UK
10/09/2010 10:50
#15: Well Iraq is a good start, but try Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran... In fact just about anywhere there is a large population of Muslims, you will find Christians being persecuted and murdered.
Google OPEN DOORS and put some of your favourite garnish on that left shoe.

24 ) Amarein / Palestine
10/09/2010 15:04
when were Christians actually killed by Muslims in Palestine?
many Christians from the region emigrated to U.S and CANADA if they had contacts living there.
when has anyone burned churches in Israel or Palestine?

25 ) Joseph / Palestine
10/09/2010 18:23
Southparker,Robert Haymond You guys are a bunch of idiots.Setting the fire of sedition between the Muslims and Palestinian Christians, but they do not know how much there is a mutual respect between the two sides. Israeli cabinet worked hard to mislead the media image but never LONG LIVE MAAN!

26 ) Robert Haymond / Canada/Israel
10/09/2010 20:04
So Jonas, you want Maan to be free of all those Talkbackers who do not see things your way? Very democratic of you. Why not just use such Posters as your opposition and learn to overcome their views through study, research and analysis? As to the Jerusalem Post, it's pretty middle-of-the-road. Haaretz is quite leftist to the point that Talkbackers who don't share its views, like me, are not allowed on. You will see, however, that most Haaretz Posters are Israel bashers.

27 ) Phil / UK
10/09/2010 20:25
#24: Amarein, I was not referring to what you call Palestine. I was talking about the situation worldwide. But if you want to talk about Muslim crimes in that area. How about Hebron. How about the 40 plus synagogues your mob destroyed when Jordan was in control of Jerusalem. How about the desecration of Jewish graves that same time. Islam is the bully boy religion of the world. It oppresses it's followers with death threats should they try to leave it. And tries to murder anyone who opposes it.

28 ) southparkbear / usa
10/09/2010 21:07
#21 sister marie, I visit israel jerusalem and betlehem at least once a year. I know very well that muslims population driven the christians out of the city. the best and richest simply gave up on you and left. they are simply to scared to say a word knowing their relative will suffer if they say the truth.

29 ) Deir Yassin / France/Palestine
10/09/2010 22:15
# 18) You're so pathetic. "Palestinian Media Watch" is directed by Itamar Marcus, a right-wing settler. Google to see his curriculum vitae. And "MEMRI" is completely discredited. For French-readers, there is an article in 'Le Monde Diplomatique" on their propaganda. So you'll recommend us getting our informations on the Jews from "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" ??? Yes, I think Southparkbear should be banned. His disrespect has nothing to do with 'freedom of speech'.

30 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
10/09/2010 23:32
Deir Yassin #48: You can't stand the fact that MEMRI and the Palestinian Media Watch video the material they write about. Who was that boy who was videotaped by that French journalist, later proved to be a hoax, a fake, and the journalist is now being sued? Oh yes, Mohammed Dura. That's an example of why we have organizations which overlook the Arab socalled news articles. Lies and deceptions are what you live on. And about that French Arab hoax? Nothing to say? I thought so, Deir Yassin

31 ) southparkbear / usa
11/09/2010 00:25
ya habibi dier yassin or sheik yassin, relax you steps away from becoming a great nation like somali or yemen. stana swiaya in 100 years your dream to be a clan leader will come true. meanwhile plan ahead have 5 wives and 50 kids. unwra will pay for you food, la techaf

32 ) Deir Yassin / France/Palestine
11/09/2010 12:03
30) The journalist working for France 2 is a Jewish Israeli citizen, Charles Enderlin, very respected for his 'objective' analyses which of course has exposed him to death threats from right-wing Zionists. Google Dominique Vidal/Le Monde Diplomatique/Charles Endelin, you'll get an article on the Hasbara against Endelin. By the way, Vidal is another 'self-hating' Jewish journalist. The al-Durra-case has been settled in court, you should do some follow-up on your 'misinformations'.

33 ) Deir Yassin / France/Palestine
11/09/2010 12:27
Oct 19 2006, the Criminal Court of Paris has taken action against Phillippe Karsenty, the director of Metula News Agency, an Israeli francophone news agency, for LIBEL in the Muhammad al-Durra-affair. All slandering of Endelin's video has been to court, and he has won them all. Yeah, another Jewish Israeli denigrated by his fellow countrymen for the simple fact of being honest. The Palestinians don't need lying, the fact is there: the colonization of Palestine starting in 1881.
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