Chidambaram for media restraint on Quran burning threat




By IANS

New Delhi: Home Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday appealed to the media to help maintain communal harmony in view of a United States pastor threatening to burn the Quran, and said it was "obviously calculated" to increase strife between religious groups.

Chidambaram said in a statement Thursday that the US authorities had strongly condemned the pastor's proposed move. "Religious leaders all over the world have also condemned his proposed action."

Terry Jones, pastor at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, has said he would burn copies of the Quran on Sep 11, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

"We condemn the action of the pastor. It is totally unbecoming of anyone who claims to be a man of religion. It is obviously calculated to increase bitterness and strife between different religious groups," Chidambaram stated.

"No one, who is interested in maintaining harmony and peace among different sections of the people, can condone such action," he added.

Chidambaram said he hoped the "US authorities will take strong action to prevent such an outrage being committed".

"While we await the action of the US authorities, we would appeal to the media in India - both print and visual media - to refrain from telecasting visuals or publishing photographs of the deplorable act."

"We would also appeal to the media to exercise great restraint over the next couple of days and help in maintaining communal peace and harmony," the minister added.

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The Mad Pastor of Florida

Pastor Jones of Florida who wants to burn copies of Quran tomorrow is an interesting character. His congregation consists of just 50 people, out of whom 20 oppose the burning of the Quran. Even his daughter says his church is just a cult. The mayor of his town says, "What Mr. Jones' so-called church is doing is definitely not representative of Gainesville". Jones says that Islam, Hinduism and Judaism "are of the Devil". The Church in Germany that he used to work for has denounced him. He was fired from that church because of embezzlement of some amount of money. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and Pope Benedict have all appealed to him to not burn the Holy Book.

If any Muslims anywhere in the world start protesting or become violent as a result of this mad man's action, I would call such Muslims stupid.

If US government and its

If US government and its people are sincere, it could have arrested the mad Christian terrorist.

Orthodox Jews burn hundreds of bibles in Israel, world media sil

Orthodox Jews burn hundreds of bibles in Israel, world media silent

by Associated Press
Source: Haaretz

Sept 11 2010

Orthodox Jews have set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.

After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.

“The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue,” he said.

The newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday that hundreds of yeshiva students took part in the book-burning. But Aharon told The Associated Press that only a few students were present, and that he was not there when the books were torched.

“Not all of the New Testaments that were collected were burned, but hundreds were,” he said.

He said he regretted the burning of the books, but called it a commandment to burn materials that urge Jews to convert.

“I certainly don’t denounce the burning of the booklets, he said. I denounce those who distributed the booklets.”

Jews worship from the Old Testament, including the Five Books of Moses and the writings of the ancient prophets. Christians revere the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, which contains the ministry of Jesus.

Calev Myers, an attorney who represents Messianic Jews, or Jews who accept Jesus as their savior, demanded in an interview with Army Radio that all those involved be put on trial. He estimated there were 10,000 Messianic Jews, who are also known as Jews for Jesus, in Israel.

Police had no immediate comment.

Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews, though in most cases it is not illegal. Still, the concept of a Jew burning books is abhorrent to many in Israel because of the association with Nazis torching piles of Jewish books during the Holocaust of World War II.

Earlier this year, the teenage son of a prominent Christian missionary was seriously wounded when a package bomb delivered to the family’s West Bank home went off in his hands.

Last year, arsonists burst into a Jerusalem church used by Messianic Jews and set the building on fire, raising suspicions that Jewish extremists were behind the attack. No one claimed responsibility, but the same church was burned down 25 years ago by ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremists.