American Muslims torn on Quran burning in Florida
American Muslims torn on response to Quran burning
WASHINGTON (AP) - The founder of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding says American Muslims differ on how to respond to a Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Quran.
John Esposito, who heads the Saudi-funded center, says some have proposed going to the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville on Saturday to offer a reasonable Islamic contrast to Christian extremism, while others refuse to let the book-burning disrupt their Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan.
Esposito quips that he "almost" would consider announcing his own bonfire of Bibles to draw attention away from the Rev. Terry Jones' provocative event.
On one hand, Esposito dismisses Jones as the pastor of a small financially strapped church who has found a way to gin up support.
But he worries that Jones also could represent a "deeper hate culture."