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Florida Quran burning condemned by St. Pete clergy

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Here's some information we got from the St. Petersburg Clergy Association:

St. Petersburg Clergy Association Condemns Quran Burning

The Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Clergy Association joins Christians, Muslims, and Jews from around the world in condemning the proposed burning of the Quran scheduled for September 11, 2010, at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of the Center, suggests that "maybe it's time to stand up. Maybe it's time to send a message to radical Islam that we will not tolerate their behavior."

Our conviction is that acts of arrogance, hatred, bigotry, and destruction in no way honor the memories of the Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others who were killed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  Neither do such acts foster healing among those who were injured or who suffered the loss of loved ones as a result of the attacks.

As we recognize and affirm that violent behavior on the part of anyone -- religious group or otherwise -- is abhorrent, we believe that Rev. Jones' plans and attitudes run counter to God's desire for wholeness for Creation and humanity.  The "message sent" by Rev. Jones' proposed Quran-burning event is that in challenging circumstances God's will is to be disregarded, and that fear, ignorance, and hatred take precedence over understanding, open-mindedness, and peace-making.

We do not embrace Rev. Jones' attitudes or his actions, and declare that they in no way represent the desires, priorities, interests, practices, or hopes of our association.

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