A controversial church in Florida is attracting global attention as it organizes a "Burn the Koran" day to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Pastor Terry Jones — leader of Dove World Outreach Center and author of a book called Islam is the Devil — says Islam is a "violent and oppressive" faith, and that the only way to stop Muslim terrorists is to expose their religion "for what it is." Groups as diverse as Al-Azhar's Supreme Council in Egypt and the National Association of Evangelicals in the U.S. have condemned the event, which the church announced in July on its Facebook page. Many Americans may be wagging their fingers at Terry Jones, says Chris McGreal in the Guardian, but he's hardly alone in his "hostility" to Islam. From the protests against the mosque at Ground Zero to the attempts to portray Barack Obama as a closet Islamist, "Muslim-bashing" is a reality of post-9/11 American life. No matter what you think about Islam, says Rick Moore at the Holy Coast blog, you should recognize that this "stunt" does not advance the cause of Christ. These hateful "wackos" give Christians "a bad name." Watch a promo for the event:
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