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Florida pastor Terry Jones’s Koran burning has far-reaching effect

Un-Christian behavior on the part of an attention-seeking ‘pastor’ and his 30-person fringe church in Gainsville, Florida, has led Muslim extremists in Afghanistan to savagely murder innocent people.

Terry Jones, the 58-year-old pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, presided over what he called an “International Judge the Koran Day” on March 20, in which he supervised the burning of Islam’s holy book in front of some 50 people. [Read more...]

Girl arrested for allegedly burning Qur’an

A 15-year-old girl from Birmingham, UK, has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English-language version of the Qur’an – and then posting video footage of the act on Facebook.

The incident comes just two and a half months after six people were arrested after filming themselves dousing a Qur’an with fuel and setting it ablaze behind a pub in Tyneside. [Read more...]

Sacramento interfaith leaders plan 9/11 ‘blessing of peace’ on Quran

More than 50 members of Sacramento’s interfaith community – including Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Quakers, Muslims and Druids – will meet at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11, for a “blessing of peace on the Quran.”

The 7 p.m. event, on the steps of the cathedral at 11th and K streets, is designed to blunt the threats of Florida Pastor Terry Jones to burn the Quran.

Jones’ associates said today that no Qurans will be burned, but organizers of Saturday’s event “wanted to send an alternative vision from Americaplacing roses on the Quran as a symbol of peace and tolerance. [Read more...]

Pakistani Christian Sentenced to Life under ‘Blasphemy’ Law

Pakistan A young Christian shopkeeper was sentenced to a life term in prison and fined more than $1,000 last week following a dubious conviction of desecrating the Quran, according to Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and Peace.

A conviction for blaspheming Muhammad (Section 295-C) is punishable by death under Pakistani’s notorious blasphemy laws. Widely condemned by the international community as easily invoked to settle personal enmities, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have come under review in recent months, but to no avail. [Read more...]

Islam critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands

Geert Wilders Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is due to appear in an Amsterdam court on Wednesday on charges of religious insult and anti-Islam incitement.

The prosecution claims his 2008 short film “Fitna“, as well as statements made in interviews and speeches, incite hatred against Muslims. Wilders has called Islam a “backward” culture and the Koran a “fascist book that incites people to violence.” [Read more...]

“Miracle” baby gives hope in Russian Muslim south

Baby Quran hoax A “miracle” baby has brought a kind of mystical hope to people in Russia’s mostly Muslim southern fringe who are increasingly desperate in the face of Islamist violence.

From hunchbacked grandmas to schoolboys, hundreds of pilgrims lined up this week in blazing sunshine to get a glimpse of 9-month-old baby Ali Yakubov, on whose body they say verses from the Koran appear and fade every few days. [Read more...]