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Obama implores minister to call off Quran burning



Published: Thu, September 9, 2010 @ 11:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to “listen to those better angels” and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend. Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired today that he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida listens to the pleas of people who have asked him to call off the plan. The president called it a “stunt.”


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1sonnype(70 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Why is the media giving this guy so much coverage?this type of media coverage will only encourage others to encite hatered to gain the spotlight

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Because it is Amerca . Or is till the tea party takes over.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Because it is Amerca . Or is till the tea party takes over.

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

What's the big deal? Everyone knows Muslims are all peaceful, so nothing will come of it.

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5JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Just read this from a Florida news web site:

"Sarah Palin said in a Facebook post that although people have the constitutional right to burn the Quran, doing so would be an "insensitive and an unnecessary provocation — much like building a mosque at ground zero." "

How ironic

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6JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

From the same article:

"If Quran is burned, it would be beginning of destruction of America," read one English-language banner held up by the protesters, who chanted "Down with America!"

So much for peaceful Islam.

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7Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I think a compromise is in order. Maybe they could forgo the burning event and just change out thier toilet paper at the Church and use pages from the Quran instead.

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8walter_sobchak(1849 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

BHO is the child of a Muslim father and an atheist mother who got his religion in the pews of Rev. Wright's church in Chicago. OY!!!

Sarah Palin said in a Facebook post that although people have the constitutional right to burn the Quran, doing so would be an "insensitive and an unnecessary provocation — much like building a mosque at ground zero."

That is exactly the point. So, does Sarah Palin have better speechwriter's than Obama, does she understand the situation better, or is she just plain smarter?

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If I had a quran I would burn it on 9-11 !

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The garbage barge getting ready to have the mosque dedicated to the magnificent 19 built on it .

http://fuzzyco.com/bare/nyif/Images/b...

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11theotherside(329 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

In WWII we scorched and burned the enemy into submission. A fight they started. In 2010, we worry about what the enemy thinks about us.

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12cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

People must go through a criminal background check before they are permitted to buy a gun.

It's a shame an intelligence check isn't required before someone can buy a computer.

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13L0L(640 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

@animal & theotherside, thats what my feelings are. America needs to grow the balls back we had decades ago.

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14seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Yall, this is about kissing a-- and pacifying the radical Muslim nation. They speak of peace and non-violence but look at the idiots in their streets burning Old Glory, but that seems to be okay. Of course O is going to ask for the burning to be called off because it is HIS religious affiliation. Don't look past this for what it really is: O kissing tail and trying to squelch OUR right to respond as we feel while ignoring what happened 9/11 and what the street urchins are doing to our flag...

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15JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Saddad, this is not a ring wing issue, so drop it.
These people started this war on U.S. land, but people like you want to forget about 9/11 and let it go.
These people will continue to plan and carry out attacks on Americans here and abroad, no matter how much Obama keeps apologizing.
Most of us on here are tired of people like you, cambridge, and Obama of not having a spine.
Why do these people keep on insisting building their mosque close to ground zero? They don't care or like Americans. If they were as sensitive and respectful as they demand us to be, they would be building the mosque someplace else.

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16JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, and this is not a right-wing issue you moron.

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17seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

saddad, it's sad that you have this situation but, again, let's look at the big picture from overhead, not at your personal level. But now that you mention fighting "us" everyday then be sure to let us know how well the stimulus has worked, how the newly proposed stimulus will work, how good your boy and his administration have improved this country and its relations, both abroad and within it's borders...be sure to let us know how many more states your assinine party wants to sue for enforcing the federal laws in place that they are afraid to enforce because it fears defending our country and our constitutional rights and would rather kiss more a--, letting illegals and threats to our security run rampant across our borders...if you are concerned about the fact that one of your loved ones has to battle then look to your fearless spineless leader to put some balls into his rhetoric and stop kissing so much a--, unless of course, he is grandstanding and threatening to kick somebodys ass at BP, all the while he and your looney toons crew are in bed with BP...sorta like telling your kids your going to whip 'em when they do wrong when you know you're not going to...idle threats from the spineless...

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18seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

saddad, it's sad that you have this situation but, again, let's look at the big picture from overhead, not at your personal level. But now that you mention fighting "us" everyday then be sure to let us know how well the stimulus has worked, how the newly proposed stimulus will work, how good your boy and his administration have improved this country and its relations, both abroad and within it's borders...be sure to let us know how many more states your assinine party wants to sue for enforcing the federal laws in place that they are afraid to enforce because it fears defending our country and our constitutional rights and would rather kiss more a--, letting illegals and threats to our security run rampant across our borders...if you are concerned about the fact that one of your loved ones has to battle then look to your fearless spineless leader to put some balls into his rhetoric and stop kissing so much a--, unless of course, he is grandstanding and threatening to kick somebodys ass at BP, all the while he and your looney toons crew are in bed with BP...sorta like telling your kids your going to whip 'em when they do wrong when you know you're not going to...idle threats from the spineless...

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19borylie(769 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

saddad, hope you enjoy walking on egg shells. Let's make sure we don't pee anybody off. We don't want riots,beheadings or buildings toppled,do we?
Cambridge,then what would you do with your useless life if you couldn't buy a computer? You might want to think(if possible) this out.

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20Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

TAKE BACK AMERICA!

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21JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Saddad is a true coward

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22wineywoman(78 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

All of these nasty comments about whether or not some minister in Florida should burn the holy book of a religion other than his. Hmmmmm, now let me see, wasn't this country supposedly founded on the principles of freedom and justice for all Americans? Or is that only the ones who look and think the way you do? I, for one am so sick and tired of all of you "holier than thou" belly-aching wimpy false patriots I could just scream! You are the same nincompoops who refuse to even attempt to walk a mile in the other guys' shoes. It's a crying shame that some of you want to deny others the same freedoms you enjoy. The Muslim faith is NOT who the U.S. is at war with!! If that were the case we would have lost before we started. There are more muslims on earth than any other religion. Do we really want to paint ALL of them with the same brush?? It would be like saying that all sudo patriots are in-bred heathens with no hope of EVER being re-habilitated.

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23Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

(16) cambridge :
"People must go through a criminal background check before they are permitted to buy a gun.

It's a shame an intelligence check isn't required before someone can buy a computer."

So, you don't feel that you deserve to have a computer ?

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24cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I cut and pasted a letter to the editorial page of 9/11/10 San Francisco Chronicle. From the mouths of babes.

Muslim friends in the 5th grade

We are fifth-grade students from Francis Scott Key Elementary School in San Francisco. We are writing because we have our own opinion about the pastor in Florida who wanted to burn the Muslim holy book, the Quran ("Plan to burn Quran 'suspended,' " Sept. 10).

He shouldn't burn it because it would create more trouble. He wouldn't want his Bible to be burned. We should respect other people's religions if we want them to respect ours. The 9/11 attack was only done by the men who did it, not people from the whole religion.

We have two Muslim classmates, and they are very nice. They are respectful and very kind, intelligent kids. They don't do bad stuff. In fact, one classmate explained her religion and the tradition of fasting for Ramadan. She showed us the henna designs on her hands and explained them to us. We learned about it, so now we understand, and we don't think it's strange.

We think we should compromise and not create more war. We could try some of their traditions to understand how they feel.

We could make a United States holiday where we gather to learn about, and show respect for, all religions.

Sara Saldana, San Francisco,

on behalf of Jack, Conna, Jenny, Naomi and Angela

This article appeared on page A - 12 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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25Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cambridge Thank you for posting the lovely words of America's youth, now I would like to post a story that you might have missed for you failed to comment on it when it ran in the Vindy a while back.
It reflects the words and thoughts of the Muslim childs upbringing.

By Abeer Mohammed

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

BAGHDAD

Zuhair Jerjis and Ahmed Mohammed are both 10. They attend the same Baghdad school and often ride home together. After school, the two get together and play video games.

But Ahmed is worried. He wonders if some day he will have to murder his best friend.

The boys go to the same school and share a ride home to the same district of Baghdad, but their parents do not share the same faith.

Zuhair’s family is Christian and Ahmed’s is Muslim. Recent religious lessons at school have left Ahmed questioning what end awaits his friendship.

“Our teacher tells us it is forbidden in Islam to make friends with unbelievers,” he said. “When I study that we have to fight the unbelievers in the name of jihad, I think, ‘Will I kill Zuhair one day?”’

Ahmed’s family is Muslim; Zuhair’s is Christian. And it turns out that in Iraq’s schools today, religious tolerance is not part of the curriculum.

Regular feature

Religious education is a regular feature of public schools in Iraq. Because Zuhair is a Christian, he is not required to attend religious classes. But because the vast majority of his classmates are Muslims, Zuhair said he often feels alone and isolated.

“When all of my friends are in the class, I have to stand outside,” he said.

As students return to classes this fall, there is growing criticism of the recently introduced curriculum, which critics say fails to tackle the causes of religious and sectarian hatred that have fueled the violence of the last six years. Worse still, they accuse it of laying the foundations for future strife.

The main concerns about the school program are that it favors the Shia interpretation of Islam. In addition, many are concerned that some teachers focus on subjects not directly addressed in the curriculum, such as the treatment of non-Muslims and jihad, or holy war.

Before the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, religious education reflected the beliefs of the minority Sunni population, which makes up roughly one-quarter of the current population.

The current curriculum places more emphasis on Shia Islam, a sect followed by the majority of Iraq’s Arabs and by its most powerful politicians, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Muhsin al-Freji, an adviser to the education minister, insists that the curriculum — first introduced in 2006 — has attempted to represent all Iraqis.

“We did our best to update the curriculum so it expressed the views of all Iraqis,” he said. “A few changes were made, and more are on the way.” But Sunni Arab politicians have been vocal in their criticism of the changes.

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26Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cont.

Unbalanced curriculum

Alaa Makki, a Sunni member of parliament and head of a parliamentary committee on education, said the new curriculum was unbalanced.

“The current changes have a huge sectarian impact,” he said. “The updating process should focus on the shared aspects (of Islam), not on a specific sect.” Some of the areas of dispute are subtle and reflect the centuries-old schism within Islam.

For example, Iraq’s former Sunni-accented textbooks followed all mentions of the Prophet with a traditional Sunni blessing, “Peace be upon him.” In the new textbooks, the blessing is a typical Shia one, “Peace be upon him and his family.” In addition, anecdotal evidence from schools suggests many teachers offer their own views on such topics as the treatment of non-Muslims or the obligation to wage jihad.

Sanaa Muhsin, an Islamic studies teacher in Baghdad’s Shaab district, said she regularly instructs her students that “each Muslim had a duty to carry out jihad — namely to fight unbelievers.” She identified unbelievers as those who did not follow Allah or the Prophet Mohammed.

Some students appear to be learning the lessons well.

Sajjad Kiayyad, 7, of Baghdad, said he plans to become a holy warrior when he grows up. “I will fight the Americans because they are Jewish and unbelievers,” he said. “I will be victorious, or I will be a martyr in heaven.”

Personal jihad

Maryam Ali, 9, also of Baghdad, said she is carrying out her own jihad by calling on “unveiled female friends to cover their heads.”

Freji, the education ministry adviser, insisted that teachers had been instructed to steer clear of issues that aroused conflict. The new curriculum, he said, focused on the fraternal aspects of Islam. “The Islamic religion, and therefore the Islamic curriculum, emphasizes forgiveness and mercy.”

Abeer Mohammed is a reporter in Iraq who writes for The Institute for War & Peace Reporting, a nonprofit organization in London that trains journalists in areas of conflict. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Copyright 2010 Associated Press.

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27Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

So for a side by side comparison we have American children that want beyond all hope to live in peace and harmony with all peoples, a good sentiment.
On the other hand we have the Arab child that is being taught in school that it is his calling to grow up and conduct war on all other Religions other then of corse HIS " peaceful, all loving religion ".
This Florida Minister really should live in the Middle East with the rest of the intollerant nut jobs.

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28cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Silence....The Florida minister doesn't have to move to the middle east to live with intolerant nut jobs. Sadly he could live anywhere in the world. There is no shortage.

The example you gave of the little Arab boy is perfect because even as a child he questions extremist views. It shows the purity of uncorrupted children the same way the letter in my post did.

We all need filters. We are bombard every day with extremist views and they far outnumber moderate or views of acceptance. Finally it comes down too what's in your heart. If you are a closed minded negative person you are exactly what the extremist are looking for.

Al Quada and bin Laden want the Quran burned more than anyone. They don't represent Islam they high jacked the word to express their extremist views. If he can bring out the extremist from the other side like that hillbilly pastor he did what he set out to do.

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29Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cambridge
I think you missed my point. My point was to show as an example that the intollerance in the Middle East is Institutionalized. You will find it in the Schools in Iraq, Iran, Saudia Arabia, Pakistan, Afganistan, Yemen ect.ect.ect..
This wack job in Florida is nothing more then a natural response that you would expect as a BACKLASH to the institutionalized intollerance that you will find if you looked close enough at the people in the Middle East.

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30Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Sanaa Muhsin, an Islamic studies teacher in Baghdad’s Shaab district, said she regularly instructs her students that “each Muslim had a duty to carry out jihad — namely to fight unbelievers.” She identified unbelievers as those who did not follow Allah or the Prophet Mohammed.

Some students appear to be learning the lessons well

How would you feel if you were a Christian living in this country and was forced to stand in the hall while the teacher instructed the rest of the class that “each Muslim had a duty to carry out jihad — namely to fight unbelievers.” , and knowing that YOU were an unbeliever.

These are not isolated events or people.This is the Middle East, like it or not,this IS REALITY.

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31cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Silence.....You might want consider Americas role in how the present day middle east got to where it is today.

Since the end of WWII we have set up or backed one gangster regime after another. The Shaw of Iran, the Saudi Royal Family, Sadat, Osama bin Laden, Saddam and the current government in Afghanistan are a few that come to mind. These thugs kept their foot on the necks of their own people.

Corporate America were the big winners and the people that live under those boots also respond with the backlash you mentioned.

Christians are taught to take the bible literally but few do. My guess it's the same with Muslims when it comes to taking the Quran literally word for word. Just like the little boy in your story who instinctively questioned an extreme view.

Every Muslim I have ever known or had contact with seems like normal people just living their lives like everyone else. I would be interested in hearing about the negative personal experiences that all the haters that post here have had with their own contact with Muslims.

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32Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

MUSLIMS FOR HITLER !

http://www.tellthechildrenthetruth.co...

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33AXLE69(181 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

@Cambridge,what has become of that great patriot usa1 aka usa0-pro-teabagger? Did he have to change his username again or was he removed for good? Or was he committed to an asylum?

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34cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

AXLE69....."sometimes you just have to scrape that $..t right off your shoes."

I think the Vindy probably had enough of his racist posts.

At Least he can keep on teabaggin! It's all he has left. Right Henry?

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35cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Stan the Man Unusual.....Great post. Here is one about Hitler and the Vatican.

http://www.remnantofgod.org/NaziRCC.htm

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36AXLE69(181 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

@rudy,I believe you must be thinking about your boy pro american/usa1 when you're writing about hate and name calling.Also I directed my question at Cambridge.But maybe you know what happened to Hank.If you talk to him give him my deepest,sincerest regards.

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37AXLE69(181 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Cambridge

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38Silence_Dogood(1319 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cambridge
Good try BUT...
Islam has been espousing the belief that is reflective in those ten year old boy's long before our Nation was formed. These idea's of Jihad and the treatment of the "unbelievers" are older then George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Like I said GOOD TRY but we both know that that is a bunch of "blame America" BULLSH!T.
But keeping with your hatred (is that to harsh, should we just use the term dislike?) of all things Catholic, how about we try and blame Pope Urban II for our present situation.

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39cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Silence.....Your inaccurate when you say that the idea's of Jihad and the treatment of the unbelievers are older than George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Actually they go back thousands of years.

Read history. Extremist have been waging war in the name of God as long as religion has existed.

Where I differ with many who post on this board is, there are people from every religion who chose to look at the minority, the very worst of others and say "that's what we need to do." Then there are people like myself who chose to look at the majority the best of others who want to coexist in peace and say "that's what we need to do."

It comes down what you want too be a part of. The problem or the solution.

It is kind of ironic that you would bring up George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in this context. Both slave owners and traders and architects of the genocide committed on the Native Americans they slaughtered.

As far as you saying I have a hatred or dislike for all things Catholic that too is inaccurate. It's only for the priest that raped children, the clergy that protected those priest or looked the other way and failed to report them and people like Stan that defends them. Stan pointed out people from one religion that sided with Hitler and I pointed out another.

I attended Catholic school for twelve years. I was an alter boy. As I reflect on the people I have met in my life I can honestly say some of the most twisted were the priest and nuns from those twelve years.

Peace.

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40Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cambridge :
"Stan the Man Unusual.....Great post. Here is one about Hitler and the Vatican."

Pssstttttt . . ..cambridge . ..

The Vatican did not attack us on 9-11-01 but the muslims sure did !

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41cambridge(2968 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Stan the Ma Unusual

Pssstttt.....what the Vatican did do was walk hand in hand with Hitler and protect priests while they raped little children.

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42cave1(1 comment)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Is Obama trying to stop other countries from burning our flag??? I don't think so.

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43Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

cambildge :

Pssstttttt , when the Islamics pillaged Europe they took many European Children for their harems .

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44clem1inf(41 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey Stan: Was that before or after the Crusades?

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45Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Both before and after . Those Islamics have a voracious sexual appetite for European Children . They buy and kidnap them for their harems .

Saudi Arabians rape American children.

http://www.omdurman.org/whitslav.html

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