The Dove World Outreach Center Church, of Gainesville, Fla., made headlines by announcing the intention of the members and Pastor Terry Jones, to set copies of the Koran alight in a protest over several issues, including Muslim extremism. The plan made headlines and garnered condemnation from numerous levels of government. The planned demonstration has led to protests worldwide and strong warnings. General David Petraeus has cautioned the church that should the demonstration of burning the Koran take place, it will put servicemen and women in greater danger than ever before.
Dove World Outreach Center cautioned
Gen. Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has advised the church that Koran burning would harm troops, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Petraeus has warned that the action will only be doing the Taliban a favor, as a group of American Christians burning the Koran would be a recruiting tool for the enemy. He also cautioned that as a result, it would make winning over Afghans and others worldwide that much more difficult and put American soldiers in greater danger. Other outrage at Muslims in the U.S., such as the Ground Zero mosque controversy, has only increased tension between the Islamic world and the U.S.
Temporary stay on burnings
The Dove World Outreach Center Church has decided to temporarily weigh the decision to burn copies of the Koran. Pastor Terry Jones said that the members of the church were concerned about the potential impact and are thinking over the planned demonstration, according to CNN. The pastor of the church also said that its members still intended to carry out the planned “International Burn a Koran Day,” on Sept. 11, but were seriously considering the repercussions after the warning given by Gen. David Petraeus. The church has maintained all along that the protest was aimed more at the more radical segments of Islam.
Who is best served?
Though the pastor and the church he ministers to have the right to protest whatever they wish and hold any views they wish, General Petraeus is absolutely correct. This protest, should it be carried out, will be a propaganda victory for extremists.