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Watch: Gainesville Pastor Wayne Sapp Defends 9/11 Quran Burning


Chris Matthews talks to Pastor Wayne Sapp, Terry Jones' colleague at the Dove World Outreach Center, about his plans to burn the Quran on 9/11. 

Gaineville, Florida Mayor Craig Lowe, who himself was the target of anti-gay attacks by Jones' church during his election, says the town has rejected Jones:

"What Mr. Jones' so-called church is doing is definitely not representative of Gainesville," says Mayor Craig Lowe, who has declared Saturday "Interfaith Solidarity Day" in his city, for clerics, students and residents to plan peaceful events while the Dove folks torch a couple hundred copies of Islam's holiest book. "This actually presents us with an opportunity to project who we really are."

This morning in a Good Morning America interview, President Obama called Jones' plans to burn Qurans a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaida."

MSNBC: "The president called it a 'stunt' and exhorted Jones to 'listen to those better angels' and call off the protest this weekend. 'If he's listening, I hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans,' Obama said. 'That this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance.' The president also said Jones' plan, if carried out, could serve as an incentive for terrorist-minded individuals 'to blow themselves up' to kill others. 'And as a very practical matter, as commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform,' the president said."


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  1. What a hypocrite this Obama is!! He's the one who's putting the troops in harm's way by having them fight this useless war in Afghanistan that will never be won.. You're a hypocrite, Obama.

    As for the pastor, I don't necessarily support him. However, he's entitled to his freedom of expression. Don't let Islamists blackmail us into denying our expression.

    Keep in mind that Islamists would sooner hang us. Just keep that in mind.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 9, 2010 9:43:03 AM

  2. that anti-gay asshole is a nutjob too...all religion should be wiped off the face of the planet.

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Sep 9, 2010 9:43:06 AM

  3. Jason: You are a crybaby asshole. Book burning as a freedom of expression? Please. Grow up. Name me one instance in history where book burning was a good idea.

    Posted by: David | Sep 9, 2010 9:56:22 AM

  4. What folks forget is this is not the first time that some wing-nut group decided to burn a Koran. Shortly after 9/11 there was a rash of incidents.

    It's a shame that this has turned into such a media whore circus.

    I truly feel pity for this church; that they cannot see beyond their own ignorance. This explains the fundamental disconnect that has led to every war in the history of the planet.

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 9, 2010 9:58:21 AM

  5. US media is failing to report as has the german and european press that this pastor fled germany with the authorities hot on his tail over being a cult , massive fraud, and forcing his impressionable followers into slave labor. Supposedly US authorities are now investigating him for forced slave labor in the US of his followers

    one wonders if this is all a stunt by the guy to be able to later on claim "victim" status

    Surprisingly crazy sarah palin came out against the burning. The whole broken clock being right twice a day/ a blind chicken can get 2 seeds at least once thing. That or she has heard about the guy being under investigation for fraud etc and wants to distance herself quick before he gets busted

    Anyway; bless the bonfire by tossing on a copy of all fairytale books....the koran , the bible, the torah, the baghdava ghita , etc

    Posted by: reality bites | Sep 9, 2010 10:27:45 AM

  6. @JASON,
    "Don't let Islamists blackmail us into denying our expression."

    there is no 'us'. yours and the good pastor's form of expression is repugnant and reckless. the preponderance of americans and the world find this disgusting.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 9, 2010 11:00:30 AM

  7. My god... even Sarah Palin came out against the Quran burning:

    Posted by: JTlvr | Sep 9, 2010 11:52:32 AM

  8. The only issue I see is them not taking it far enough. Throw in a bunch of Bibles and Torah's and have a gay ol' pagan festival!

    Posted by: Mr. E | Sep 9, 2010 11:53:29 AM

  9. We should do a better job of ignoring people like this and not give them press coverage.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 9, 2010 12:03:29 PM

  10. if the koran says gays should be beheaded and the bible says we should be stoned to death, maybe they both should be burned

    Posted by: r | Sep 9, 2010 12:12:41 PM

  11. Why not just say it's a threat to national security, bulldoze their church and put them all in federal jail? Seems like an easy fix to me. :-)

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 9, 2010 12:18:45 PM

  12. Where's Fred Phelps in all this. Surely he has an opinion.

    Posted by: CoMo'mo | Sep 9, 2010 12:28:19 PM

  13. Jason, I'll ask you again, who's paying you to be such an idiot?

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Sep 9, 2010 2:00:32 PM

  14. Nobody is paying Jason. He is a slave to stupidity.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 9, 2010 3:10:43 PM

  15. These religious zealots will not be happy until evangelical Christianity is the state religion of the United States of America. Why would you listen to Wayne Sapp, a pastor who called Mayor Craig Lowe a "fag" and a "homo" when he was running for office. Sapp also suggested people be ready to shoot homosexuals.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Sep 9, 2010 3:37:06 PM

  16. His book burning is a freedom of expression. Though I don't care either way. The fact is we as a country are going to lose this, it is because when they have the most voting power in the US you will see drastic changes in our society, laws and culture. We will end up under Islamic law. As it is they are using our own governmental structure against us. When they have the positions and the voting power, you will see the fall of the Constitution and the bill of right. then welcome to Islamic law.

    Posted by: American | Sep 10, 2010 12:51:41 AM

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