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article imageJudge in South Africa outlaws Bible burning

By R. Francis Rubio     Sep 11, 2010 in World
A South African court ruled in favor of a Muslim group's petition to halt a scheduled event known as "Bible burning day" Friday in Johannesburg.
The Bible burning event scheduled for September 11 by Mohammed Vawda was stopped in the 11th hour on Friday by High Court Judge Sita Kolbe. The ruling bans the burning of Bible as well as any other religious books.
In the ruling Judge Kolbe said "freedom of expression is not unlimited if one exercises freedom of expression that is harmful to others.... We now hope American judges will see this decision and act accordingly by banning the burning of the Koran in America.”
Yasmin Omar the lawyer representing Scholars of the Truth the Islamic organization that brought the case called Mr. Vawda's plans "appalling." and "I’m very pleased the judge came to this decision. Not only did he ban this protest but he also banned other people from burning the Bible. Reports The Christian Science Monitor.
Mrs. Omar also commented "We do not want trouble like this in South Africa and it must be stopped because it can soon get out of control, where will it end? Next it could be the burning of religious temples, churches."
Mr. Vawda a law student himself accepted the verdict and gave an explanation for his actions saying "I was angry and enraged by Pastor Jones's threats to burn the Koran." Also asking " Why was he allowed to do it in America?"
"But now I have been enlightened by the judge who said by burning the Bible, I am also burning the Koran because we share the same prophets. In a sense, I have been stopped by two laws: the law of South Africa and the law of the Koran."
More about Bible burning, South Africa, Terry Jones, Religion
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