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Monde, mercredi 8 septembre 2010, p. A18

 

CONTROVERSE AUTOUR DU CORAN

 

Le pasteur Jones persiste et signe

 

Berubé, Nicolas

Los Angeles - Un groupuscule religieux de la Floride a réaffirmé, hier, son intention de brûler des centaines d'exemplaires du Coran, le livre qui appartient à "la religion du diable", selon son pasteur, Terry Jones.

Jones dit avoir reçu "des centaines" de menaces de mort depuis une semaine et affirme se déplacer sur les terrains de son église avec un revolver. Hier, le FBI a visité l'endroit, pour parler à Jones et faire le point sur la situation. Le projet du pasteur et de ses fidèles a été dénoncé par plusieurs organisations nationales aux États-Unis.

Or le pasteur de l'Église évangélique Dove World Outreach Center refuse d'annuler sa "journée pour brûler le Coran", qui doit avoir lieu samedi, jour du 9e anniversaire des attentats du 11 septembre.

"Nous sommes en train d'évaluer la situation, a dit Jones en entrevue à CNN, hier. Nous examinons nos projets et les conséquences qu'ils pourraient avoir. Nous évaluons notre message, ce que nous voulons faire comprendre à la population."

La police de la ville de Gainesville, où se trouve l'Église qui regroupe une cinquantaine de familles, compte ériger un périmètre de sécurité autour du centre religieux. Plusieurs centaines de personnes sont attendues samedi, et les contre-manifestants promettent d'être également très nombreux.

L'an dernier, pour commémorer les attentats du 11 septembre, l'Église de Terry Jones avait distribué des t-shirts où l'on pouvait lire "L'Islam est le diable."

Appel au calme

Plusieurs groupes religieux ont pris la parole dans une conférence de presse à Washington, hier, pour condamner les intentions de la petite Église évangélique de la Floride.

Un groupe composé de leaders chrétiens, juifs et musulmans a diffusé un communiqué qui dénonce le projet.

"Il s'agit d'un acte d'intolérance dirigé à l'endroit de la communauté musulmane américaine", a dit le rabbin David Saperstein, du Centre religieux pour la réforme du Judaïsme.

Brûler des corans "constitue une offense particulièrement néfaste qui doit être vivement condamnée par tous ceux qui désirent honorer la mémoire des victimes des attentats du 11 septembre 2001", a-t-il ajouté.

Hier, l'administration Obama a ajouté sa voix à celles des gens qui demandent au groupe de ne pas se livrer au coup d'éclat. Le porte-parole du département d'État, P.J. Crowley, a appelé les gens à dénoncer le projet.

"Nous estimons qu'il s'agit d'un geste de provocation. Ce sont des gestes antiaméricains."

Jones et son groupe ont provoqué les critiques de plusieurs groupes internationaux de même que celles du général David Petraeus, selon qui l'acte mettra en danger la vie des troupes américaines en poste à l'étranger.

Hier, le maire de New York, Michael Bloomberg, a dit que le projet de brûler des corans était "de mauvais goût", mais que le pasteur avait le droit de le faire.

"Je ne crois pas que nous devrions décider de faire appliquer le premier amendement de la Constitution (ndlr: concernant la liberté de religion) seulement dans les causes avec lesquelles nous sommes en accord", a-t-il dit.

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Le pasteur Terry Jones dit avoir reçu des menaces, mais refuse d'annuler sa "journée pour brûler le Coran".

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Burning books..... Remember the Nazis anyone?:mad:

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Shouldn't this be moved to the politics section?

 

CTV.ca

Citing his own faith, PM condemns plan to burn Qur'an

CTV.ca News Staff

 

Updated: Wed. Sep. 8 2010 9:43 PM ET

 

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses a gathering during an announcement at Nanaimo's Cruise Ship Berth in Nanaimo, B.C. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered a rare glimpse into his own religious beliefs Wednesday when he spoke out against a church in Florida that plans to burn 200 copies of the Qur'an on Sept. 11.

 

"I don't speak very often about my own religion but let me be very clear: My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that's what we want to see in this world," he said.

 

The prime minister's comments are the latest in a growing international backlash against a firebrand preacher in Florida who plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book in a bonfire on Saturday, nine years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

 

"I unequivocally condemn it," Harper said. "We all enjoy freedom of religion and that freedom of religion comes from a tolerant spirit."

 

"I don't think that's the way you treat other faiths, as different as those faiths may be from your own."

 

The controversial plan put forward by Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, a small church with 50 parishioners located in Gainesville, Fla., has been widely condemned by both Christians and Muslims.

 

Harper's condemnation came hours after Defence Minister Peter MacKay joined the growing chorus of those in opposition to the preacher's plan.

 

In a note sent to The Canadian Press on Wednesday, MacKay said the very idea of such a demonstration is "insulting to Muslims and Canadians of all faiths," and that Canada calling on Jones to "bring people together, not break them apart."

 

He also said Canada's soldiers in Afghanistan are not fighting against Islam or Islamic beliefs; rather the war they are fighting is against "an extremist and brutal enemy."

 

Jones, author of a book called "Islam is of The Devil," has stood firm and remains unapologetic about the planned "International Burn a Koran Day."

 

Jones held a news conference Wednesday afternoon in which he said he intends to carry on with his plan, despite pressure to call off the event.

 

"As of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing," Jones told reporters in a brief statement.

 

On Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, warned that the initiative will only harm efforts by American soldiers to build bridges and win hearts and minds in Afghanistan.

 

Petraeus warned that "images of the burning of the Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan -- and around the world -- to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

 

Petraeus spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the issue on Wednesday, said military spokesperson Col. Erik Gunhus.

 

"They both agreed that burning of a Qur'an would undermine our effort in Afghanistan, jeopardize the safety of coalition troopers and civilians," Gunhus said, and would "create problems for our Afghan partners ... as it likely would be Afghan police and soldiers who would have to deal with any large demonstrations."

 

On Wednesday, Brig.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, a Canadian member of the International Security Assistance Force, offered a similar warning.

 

"The insurgents here, the Taliban, use anything at their hands for propaganda, misinformation, and we're worried if this carries on we could see a spike in violence."

 

Already, news of the plan has triggered protests in Afghanistan. On Monday demonstrators in Kabul burned an effigy of Jones and threw stones at a passing U.S. convoy.

 

Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the book-burning comes at a time when relations between Islam and the West are already tense.

 

"This act appears to be a deliberate provocation at a time where mutual distrust... still prevails and there's a sense among many in the Muslim world that there is a war on Islam," Gardee told Canada AM.

 

"What this incident does is add fuel to the fire and most certainly will be used by extremists to give credence to that perception."

 

The planned protest has been slammed by the White House, NATO, and the FBI, to name a few.

 

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates both condemned Jones's plans.

 

During a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Clinton called the plan "outrageous" and "aberrational" and said it does not represent American values.

 

"It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now," Clinton said. "It is unfortunate; it is not who we are."

 

Speaking through Pentagon spokesperson Col. David Lapan, Gates said officials are not questioning Jones's right to his beliefs.

 

"We are questioning whether that's advisable considering the consequences that could occur," Lapan said. "Gen. Petraeus has been very vocal and very public on this, and his position reflects the secretary's as well."

 

Craig Lowe, mayor of Gainesville, Fla., said the church is a "tiny, fringe group and is an embarrassment to our community."

 

With files from The Canadian Press

 

© 2010 CTVglobemedia All Rights Reserved.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100908/quran-burning-100908/

 

I completely agree with PM Harper. God is tolerant, not hateful. Case closed. This pastor and his parishioners are fake Christians (the type of people that give the rest of us a bad name).

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I completely agree with PM Harper. God is tolerant, not hateful. Case closed. This pastor and his parishioners are fake Christians (the type of people that give the rest of us a bad name).

 

But Allah is not tolerant and is hateful :D

 

Either way it is really hard for me to care very much about this issue... as long as the books were legally acquired and don't afoul the Clean Air Act :D

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C'est fou ce que les êtres humains prêtent comme intentions à un être fictif !! Depuis de millénaires, l'Humanité se tapent sur la gueule en citant un fantasme religieux simplement parce que cette Humanité-là n'a pas le courage d'endosser son côté le plus sombre.

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C'est complètement pathétique... et la réaction de musulmans effarouchés le sera tout autant.

Sérieusement, l'humanité... il me semble qu'on a touché le fond du baril plus d'une fois avec les religions, il serait peut-être temps de nager vers la surface!

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Now do you guys start to understand a little when I say ALL religions are evil!?!?!

 

The world would be a much better and safer place if we never had religion!

 

They tried having no religion in the Communist experiments, and it ended up even more evil... then again the denial of reality and adherence to dogma typical of such societies, they just changed one religion for another more stupid and less tolerant one :)

 

In any case the book burning is over, the guy was contacted by an imam and now they are best friends because the guy who wanted to make the mosque next to the WTC site said he would put it elsewhere if he stopped the burning. Could it be that now everyone is happy :rotfl: at least that is what they just said on 98,5...

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