Maine churches condemned proposed burning of Quran

Posted Sept. 10, 2010, at 5:32 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Council of Churches, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ and Episcopal Diocese of Maine condemned a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, shortly before the church first canceled the event, though that is now uncertain.

Joined by Center for Preventing Hate, the churches issued a statement Thursday deploring “the recent rise in anti-Muslim discrimination, intimidation and violence.”

They called the planned burning of the Quran “contrary to both the Christian gospel and the values of religious freedom and tolerance on which our nation was founded.”

As of Friday morning, Imam Muhammad Musri said he was clear when he told the Rev. Terry Jones that he could set up a meeting with planners of the New York City mosque, but insisted he never promised to shift the location.

Jones announced after the meeting — with Musri at his side — that they had a bargain and that he would call off the Quran-burning for Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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