Most people in the United States marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with solemn expressions of grief and memory, but one Florida pastor wanted to do things his own way.
Protests broke out in Afghanistan on Tuesday after news was spread that NATO personnel set fire to bags filled with Korans and other sacred books of the Islamic religion at the Bagram Air Base.
Tensions in Dearborn, Michigan were eased on Friday after a planned protest at one of the largest Islamic centers in the country by a small group that included controversial Pastor Terry Jones was cancelled.
After threatening to torch the Muslim holy book on September 11, Florida pastor Terry Jones followed through on his promise recently by burning the Koran after a "trial" found the book guilty of crimes against humanity.
Pastor Terry Jones, who last September caused an international uproar when he and his congregation decided they would burn the Koran on Sept. 11, has declared March 20 to be "International Judge the Koran Day."
While most readers know about the recent free-speech trial involving Geert Wilders, another such trial is coming up in Austria on November 23. Pat Condell speaks about it in his latest video, forcefully defending free speech in contemporary Europe.
Mosques read a message condemning the burning of the Koran archbishop Louis Sako, during the homily for the Eid. For Islamic leaders Pastor Jones is not Christians. Imam of Kirkuk: "Our Christian brothers are always ready to show their solidarity."
The Johannesburg High Court has stopped a plan to publicly burn the Bible at Library Gardens in the city. The Bible burning was to have been a protest against the planned burning of Korans by a US pastor.
Pastor Terry Jones has said he has called off his plans to burn the Koran Saturday.The pastor of Dove World Outreach Centers spoke to Muslim leaders and he agreed to move the location of the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque in New York.
Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician known for his clearly anti-Islamic stance and scheduled to speak at the 9/11 remembrance rally in New York coming Saturday, has been threatened with beheading for insulting Islam during his stay in Australia.
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.
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An atheist student group at the University of Texas in San Antonio held its annual "Smut for Smut" event this month. The group encourages people to trade in their religious texts for pornography.