A non-denominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an “International Burn a Quran Day” on the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Aside from commemorating the anniversary of the 9/11 suicide bombing of the World Trade Center, the event is also said to be in protest of what The Dove World Outreach Center calls a religion “of the devil,”
Promotions on the church’s website and Facebook page invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church grounds from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times,” Pastor Terry Jones told CNN earlier this week.
Jones himself has written a book titled “Islam is of the Devil,” and his church sells also coffee mugs and shirts featuring the phrase. They have also launched a YouTube channel to disseminate their churches messages.
The National Association of Evangelicals, the country’s largest umbrella evangelical group, has already issued a statement urging The Dove World Outreach Center to cancel the event, warning it could cause worldwide tension between the two religions.