Afghanistan protests the planned burning of the Koran on 9/11 in the U.S.
While book burning is most often associated with Nazi-Germany, it may happen again 3 days from now when members of a Christian church plan to burn copies of the Islamic holy book.
Although officials in Gainesville (Florida) have not given a burning permit sought by a local church, UPI reports that the church has announced it will burn copies of the Koran anyway, even though such an act is prohibited under the city's burning ordinance. They seem not to care about what Gainesville' interim Fire Chief Gene Prince has said, warning the church they'd face a fine should the book burning take place.
The church in question is called Dove World Outreach Center and is led by a pastor known as Dr. Terry Jones. He and the members of this church define themselves as New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church that believes in the whole Bible, and they have been in the news last year for T-shirts that read "Islam is of the Devil."
Meanwhile, representatives of many faiths have spoken out against the actions of this church and the pastor, who has also been discussed on a blog with the interesting title Idiots Walk Among Us.
The news of this widely advertised Koran burning has even reached Afghanistan, where about 500 people held a demonstration today in Kabul, the nation's capital. According to an article in the Daily Caller, the protesters chanted “Long live Islam” and “Death to America” while throwing stones at a U.S. military convoy that happened to pass by.
The level of education among these demonstrators is shown by the following statement given by an 18-year-old high school student, Abdul Shakoor, who said this: “We know this is not just the decision of a church. It is the decision of the president and the entire United States.”
During the demo, the obligatory US-flags were burned along with a cardboard effigy of pastor Terry Jones.
Members of an apparently similar church with the name Landover Baptist Church also love book burning and they explain it this way:
As a Christian, you should be eager to participate in this Bible based tradition. Burning books just like the first Christians did in New Testament is a great way to say "no" to Satan and "yes" to Jesus.
Fahrenheit 451 is the name of a novel by Ray Bradbury about a fictional society in which book burning is done by the state, while book reading is forbidden. The title was chosen because 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature neede to make a book burn. The novel has also been made into a movie.