Louisville church against ‘Burn a Quran Day’

The Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church will host a continuous reading of the Quran on September 11, 2010 in response to the “International Burn a Quran Day,” organized by an anti-Islamic church in Gainesville, Florida.

The event is being organized by the Louisville church as a counter demonstration against the book burning and a show of solidarity with Muslim Americans who church leaders say are being discriminated against and threatened because of the actions of a few religious extremists.

“This isn’t as much about promoting Islam, which we have no objection to, but of promoting freedom of religion and equality, which is supposed to be the American way,” says the Rev. Todd F. Eklof, a local activist and Clifton UU Church’s minister. “The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is no time for any of us to retreat from freedom in the name of radical fear and hate.”

The church has more than 30 volunteers who will take 20 to 30 minute turns reading portions of the Quran aloud throughout the day while opening the church’s sanctuary to anyone who might want to sit and listen, says Eklof, who is the former Kentucky Farm Bureau employee who was fired by the state insurance company for protesting their opposition to gay marriage.

The book burning is being organized by Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and has gained international attention.

In an e-mail sent to The Associated Press, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, condemend burning the holy book of Islam and said it would endanger American troops. At a press conference, the U.S. State Department called the plan “un-American.”

Still, Pastor Jones, who is the author of the book “Islam is of the Devil” said that while he understands the general’s concerns and noted public pressure, he plans to go forward with the demonstration to mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

6 Comments

  1. Puhn Tang
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the Unitarian prayer..To whom it may concern. Just make sure that no Jews touch that Koran, see page 1122.

  2. Charlie
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I personally hope that a couple hundred Muslims show up at that idiot’s church in Florida, lay their prayer blankets down, face Mecca and start praying.

  3. Derek
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    We’ve created a Facebook event page if people would like to use it to invite their friends:

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138654302846068

  4. Roy Fuller
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Certainly support this event. Another event will be held at Highland Baptist Church, this Saturday at 11:30 AM. Called “Honoring Sacred Texts” this gathering will feature readings from major sacred texts of many faiths.

  5. Puhn Tang
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    William Mapother will be reading from the works of L. Ron Hubbard at Highland Baptist. Thetans rock.

  6. iboureuz
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Pastor Jones will lose in a beautiful way…he’s a man with no respect for any faith.