September 08, 2010
10 Reasons NOT to Burn a Koran--and How to Fight Bigotry
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But the event planners, Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center, are moving forward in spite of the outcry. In fact, they posted five MORE reasons to burn a Koran on their blog just yesterday.
Human Rights First has compiled our own list--we asked our supporters to submit reasons NOT to burn a Koran. We received over 5,000 responses. Below is the Top 10 list:
Ten Reasons NOT to Burn a Koran
- Book burning! Do I really need to say why?
- By not burning a Koran I'm not burning a bridge to communication.
- Burning the Koran because of extremist Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists makes no more sense than burning the Bible because of the Ku Klux Klan or Nazis.
- Hatred breeds more hatred and that is not going to solve any of our problems.
- That type of hate-filled religious intolerance has no place anywhere in the world, and is especially abhorrent in a country where religious freedom is one of the pillars of its foundation.
- It's a sacred book to millions of people. We should respect all people’s beliefs.
- It will only inflame. I'd like people to understand each other.
- I may not believe in the words of the Koran but I would never burn one out of respect for my fellow humans who do.
- Support our troops!
- We must learn to coexist. We cannot continue to live in fear and suspicion.
Help us urge other leaders--including former President George W. Bush--to speak out against bigotry. He and members of his administration spoke out for tolerance and freedom of religion during his presidency. George W. Bush could make a difference by speaking out now.
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