TAMPA BAY, Florida -- It's recieved national attention. A Gainesville church is planning to burn a Qur'an on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
But just days ahead of the event, a Bay area group is trying to spread the message of peace instead.
"St. Pete for Peace" members spent Sunday afternoon making up banners and signs.
They plan to hold them up during a peaceful counter-protest at the Dove World Church in Gainesville next Saturday.
One participant believes an entire religion shouldn't be on the hook for crimes committed by extremists nine years ago.
"We see that there's a wave of anti-muslim hysteria sweeping the country and we want to be a part of the other side, where we're sending a message of love and peace and understanding," said Chris Ernesto with St. Pete for Peace.
The city of Gainesville has already banned the Qur'an burning
but the church still plans to go ahead with it and face the consequences.