Florida: Socialists Condemn Qu'ran Burning

Thanks to Chegitz for sharing this.

A bigoted preacher (with a few dozen alleged followers) can get the world's microphones. And we all are sincerely compelled to announce that, yes, we are against burning the Muslim holy book.

Who shamelessly whips up mindless anti-Muslim bigotry? The imperialist Right grasping for war justifications and wedge issues.

Who benefits when über-isolated  Christian nutballs scare everyone? Imperialist Liberals with a shakey hold on power.

Meanwhile Hegemonik wrote:

For socialists, Jones' actions are not the actions of an isolated preacher with a mere fifty congregants; a meaningless gesture by a meaningless man. Jones is the tip of a wave an anti-Islamic reaction sweeping the nation. From protests against the enlarging of a mosque near Ground Zero, to the burning of a mosque in Tennessee, to efforts to stop the building of new mosques around the nation, anti-Islamic bigotry has become a rallying cry for far right reactionary movements, including the fascist movement known as the Tea Party.

In their desperate cry for relief from and their outrage at their failing economic fortunes caused by the capitalist economic crisis, these reactionary movements are seeking scapegoats upon whom to heap their fears and furies, someone to blame for their problems. These feelings of fear and rage have been fed by the ruling class, seeking aglobal enemy in order to justify continued empire building and military spending, the engine of the American economy. In vomiting up this ugly manifestation of American nativism and fascism, the rulingclass is reaping what it has sown.

The Socialist Party of Florida joins with our fellow comrades of other socialist organizations, with anti racist forces, and with justice loving people everywhere, to join in counter-demonstrations to stop this declaration of discrimination, hatred, and repression.

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  • Guest - Labor Shall Rule

    A friend and Women's Studies professor at my school recently posted this as her status update on Facebook:
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    "Someone called one of the progressive talk shows that I listen to and suggested that people in Gainesville show up to counter protest the Quran burning with water balloons, not to throw at the idiots, but to put out the fires. I like it. It's effective and non-violent."</blockquote>

    While throwing projectiles at anyone or anything in the proximity of the fire would probably result in arrest and possible criminal charges (for putting others at "physical hazard"), I am interested in hearing how FL anti-racists are planning to creatively protest this event. Good stuff from our comrades down in the south.

  • Guest - jfsp

    He is a small insignificant extremist who has been created by the Murdoch/Hearst/Maxwell type media. He has nothing but a few dozen followers. A media creation by the media for profit and exploitation. This exposes what the "news media" really is, Inside Edition not news. Yes he has the right just like flag burning etc...but this nut is being used by the media to cause world conflict, division and hatred. The real Question is to what purpose and by whom?

  • Guest - t1201971

    U.S. imperialism unleashed anti-Muslim hatred to help them in their military adventures in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, and now it's back to bite them in the ass...

  • Guest - Green Red

    Decision to suspend Quran-burning met with relief


    By AYI JUFRIDAR
    The Associated Press
    Friday, September 10, 2010; 3:40 AM

    LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia -- Religious and political leaders across the Muslim world welcomed a decision by a small American church to suspend its plans to torch copies of their holy book - but some said Friday the damage has already been done.

    The Rev. Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida triggered international outrage when he announced he would burn the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, with hundreds of angry protesters in Afghanistan and Pakistan burning U.S. flags and chanting "Death to the Christians."

    His decision to hold off, made overnight when many in Asia were sleeping, was met with relief.
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    "Quran burning plan aborted! Sanity prevails," Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told followers on the social networking site, Twitter. "Praise be to Allah. Our challenge: promote peace and justice."

    But cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers attending Friday morning prayers in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, that Jones had already "hurt the heart of the Muslim world."

    "If he'd gone through with it, it would have been tantamount to war," the Indonesian cleric said in the coastal town of Lhokseumawe. "A war that would have rallied Muslims all over the world."

    In Afghanistan, local officials estimated up to 4,000 people took part in Thursday's demonstration in Mahmud Raqi, capital of Kapisa province. NATO spokesman James Judge said there were 500 to 700 protesters.

    A cleric in Balkh province said if the burning wend ahead a protest would be held Monday in the provincial capital, Mazar-i-Sharif. NATO-led troops are stationed in the city.

    In the central Pakistani city of Multan, about 200 people marched and burned a U.S. flag.

    "If Quran is burned it would be beginning of destruction of America," read one English-language banner held up by the protesters, who chanted "Down with America!"

  • Guest - Green Red

    The Text of the Slide Show related to the article was great too:

    Pakistani protesters rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)
    Pakistani protesters rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer) (Khalid Tanveer - AP)

    Members of Pakistani Christian community burn an effigy of Pastor Terry Jones in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 to condemn his small Gainesville, Fla. church's plan to burn copies of the Quran. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
    Members of Pakistani Christian community burn an effigy of Pastor Terry Jones in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 to condemn his small Gainesville, Fla. church's plan to burn copies of the Quran. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary) (K.m.chaudary - AP)

    Members of Pakistani Christian community rally to condemn the intention of a small American church to burn copies of the Quran, in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Religious and political leaders across the Muslim world, as well as several U.S. officials, have asked the Florida church to call off the plan, warning it would lead to violence against Americans. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)
    Members of Pakistani Christian community rally to condemn the intention of a small American church to burn copies of the Quran, in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Religious and political leaders across the Muslim world, as well as several U.S. officials, have asked the Florida church to call off the plan, warning it would lead to violence against Americans. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary) (K.m.chaudary - AP)

    An Iraqi policeman stands guard outside Evangelical Protestant churchin Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. There are fears of a backlash against Christians in predominantly Muslim countries. Canon Andrew White, the chaplain of an Anglican church in Baghdad, said the Iraqi military had warned him that his church had been threatened. Security was beefed up around the Church of Virgin Mary in central Baghdad on Thursday, with military vehicles blocking the entrance to the church and more soldiers were deployed to guard it. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
    An Iraqi policeman stands guard outside Evangelical Protestant churchin Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. There are fears of a backlash against Christians in predominantly Muslim countries. Canon Andrew White, the chaplain of an Anglican church in Baghdad, said the Iraqi military had warned him that his church had been threatened. Security was beefed up around the Church of Virgin Mary in central Baghdad on Thursday, with military vehicles blocking the entrance to the church and more soldiers were deployed to guard it. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (Khalid Mohammed - AP)

    Members of Pakistani Christian community rally to condemn the intention of a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Hamza Ahmed)
    Members of Pakistani Christian community rally to condemn the intention of a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Hamza Ahmed) (Hamza Ahmed - AP)

    A Pakistani protester attends a rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
    A Pakistani protester attends a rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash) (B.k.bangash - AP)

    Pakistani protesters rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)
    Pakistani protesters rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer) (Khalid Tanveer - AP)

    A Pakistani protester shouts slogans during a rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)
    A Pakistani protester shouts slogans during a rally in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer) (Khalid Tanveer - AP)

    Pakistani lawyers burn a U.S. flag while rallying in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)
    Pakistani lawyers burn a U.S. flag while rallying in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer) (Khalid Tanveer - AP)