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September 8th, 2010
10:11 AM ET
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Johnny Usry

    If burning the "Quran" is going to incite such an adverse response and put lives in danger – DON"T BROADCAST IT!

    September 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  2. Mohammed

    Quran has one full chapter on Mary. Quran talks about Jesus.It is a journey from Adam to Moses to Jesus (peace be upon them all)..All believed to be messengers of God with Muhammad (PBUH)being the final messenger. If any thing.. Muslims christians and Jews should be looking for a missing link not be burning each others books that mention God's apostles we dearly love.
    God is one..the eternal..the absolute..he begetteth not nor is he begotten..and there is none like unto him.

    September 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  3. etiso

    As a journalist I would have hoped that when Jones states that "the Bible says that the Quran..."
    you should query him and point out that the Quran was written thousands of years after the Bible. This bumbling fool should not be given the air time instead be fined, put in jail or be exposed by you to be the idiot (not only bigot)that he is.

    September 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  4. Marta A

    This piece calls himself a PASTOR??????? I am sick to death of these hypocrites who call themselves Christians. If they were truly CHRISTIANS they would be accepting and tolerant of ALL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  5. james

    as an atheist i find my self a lot more tolerant to religion than religious figures. as an american the pastor has every right to burn any book of his choice, but as a pastor does he have the right ti burn or deface another book of worship? just glad to see most of the comments see my point i thought there was no more hope for the american way of life. unite to over come and don't burn qurans youd think that would be a given

    September 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  6. C

    I LOVE Suzy Warman's idea. It's a creative plan showing peaceful solidarty... But there's something so satisfying about Bill's plan to ship him to Afghanistan. His actions have the potential to make the daily lives of our servicemen and women that much more difficult. Maybe he should see who his actions are going to effect the most.

    September 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  7. Robert M.

    Anderson, if you read these blogs, then I ask you to address on the air tonight whether the media has a responsibility to decline to show the circus of this book burning. I caught the tail end of your interview, and you effectively took the position that the pastor is being irresponsible and should pray over his decision. But that decision is only as inflammatory as the amount of attention and publicity given to it, so it seems to me that CNN (or just you) should call on the media to refuse to sensationalize it. The media (after a few days) voluntarily stopped showing bodies falling from the twin towers; the media has policies on when and how to show returning coffins; the media apparently has declined to reprint the Danish cartoons that were the excuse by radicals to go crazy. In short, the media routinely elect which whack jobs to publicize and which ones to not publicize, and with that power comes journalistic responsibiity (this is not an otherwise "powerful" person the media has any reason to expose, cover, etc.). Do us all a favor and stand by your own convictions as expressed during the interview. I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on the media's responsibility on the air.

    September 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  8. 44surprise

    Jones, Bachman, Angle, Palin, Whatshername govenor from AZ.....the right is getting more and more entertaining daily. Is there no end to the supply of lunatics and charlatans the right has at their disposal? How about the folks that think these people are legitimately sane? The rabbit hole just fell on them.

    September 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Anita Frauenshuh

    What part of "Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself" does he not understand. His congregation should defend God's Holy Word in the Bible, or
    does their Church have their own Bible?

    September 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Dave R

    Let's just go burn his church. But then we're no better then him. And it's very easy to be better. Just be true Christian

    September 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Bill

    Let's all chip in and buy him a plane ticket to Afghanistan (or better yet...Mecca) and let him put his life on the line for real.

    September 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  12. Vickie Show Me State

    Lock this guy up, will ya? He's not a man of God! Hes a wolf in sheeps clothing. Burning the Quran won't destroy ANYTHING, but the book itself. You can burn the Bible, but that doesn't mean Gods Word was destroyed! Keep the Faith!!!!!!!!!! The "Church" is within you.:)

    September 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jones is what I call "a Sunday morning christian" and the other 6 days of the week he works for the Devil. Jones carries the Bible in one hand and hate in the other.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Gayle Snyder

    Regarding the Quran-burning. Please urge Bill or Franklin Graham or Jimmy Carter to interceed with the pastor. He might listen to them more than the general public. Please point out to the public that this man is a radical Christian and does not represent the vast majority of
    Christian people.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Susie

    This pastor should come and see the muslims "terrorist and extremist" here in Los Angeles who give their time and money to feed the hundreds of homeless people in downtown Los Angeles twice per month, with no media coverage or big hype, just humbleness and dignity for people in need. This man is a joke if he thinks he really is a Man of God!.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  16. Barbara Maloof

    Why do you give nut cases like this air time? All across America, THOUSANDS of Christians work side by side with those who practice Islam on service projects, interfaith projects. This man represents a tiny minority of Christians and he endangers our troops. What he is doing may be legal, but the media does not have to give him free publicity. Why not fill your air waves with those who are truly working for interfaith understanding? If you do your research, you will find such Christians all over America.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  17. Alex

    Okay...few things, burning the Quran is a dumb idea, there are more creative ways to address the issue.

    With that said, having experience in video/audio, it looks that this video was edited on 1:38. Just when he was about to explain some of his thoughts. I found that a bit odd.

    September 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  18. W.T. from Texas

    I agree with Anderson in discouraging this extremist preacher from the Quran burning ritual. But it disappoints me when Anderson stoops to argue with this fool. Anderson is a man to be admired over these years, and until recently he seems more argumentative than before. With extremists like this preacher, NO ONE can ever win or even score a point. So I am puzzled why Anderson thinks he can change this guys mind when that mind is shut, locked and welded tight.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  19. Mike

    Everyone has to stand up to a bully sometime.
    Radical Muslims are bullies.When you run from a bully it only encourages him.The tolerant Muslims ,tolerant Chritians,the tolerant Jews are all bullied by their own radical fringes.
    The silent majority must speak up.

    Mike

    September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  20. Palmer McKee

    okay now i am not religious at all, in fact i am an atheist. But this Florida pastor enrages me until i am red in the face. IF this man goes through with this, I will go and buy a bible burn it while taping it for him to see to piss him (and ONLY) off. Does he really think that those he died on Sept. 11, 2001 would really want the holy book of 1 billion of the world burned because 19 of them did an unspeakable act? Some of those who died WERE Muslim, so wouldn't this basically be spitting in the face of their memory? This just makes me sick, we are Americans, were supposed to be better than this.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  21. Free Dom

    This man is utilizing his right to free speech. Do not tread on him.

    Regards,
    Free Dom

    September 8, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  22. Conspiracy2Riot

    What is it with Christians and book burnings anyhow? Has anything meaningful EVER been achieved by torching a book?

    September 8, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  23. John Webster

    I am a Muslim...
    Muslims must not retailiate on this issue. We can not burn any book, becasue we know they all have came before the Quran. It has been written. If every Muslim will remember.. We are a blessed religion because unlike all others we have Hafiz's. Holy Quran memorized by individuals. His burning of the Quran just shows the ignorance of an individual and few followers. We must display kindness and education to the others. What he should do is read the Quran and try to argue the doctrine. He is not one who can be set forth as a leader. But one who have a following of misguided people. May Allah (God) bless him.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  24. rahma farah

    i think this guy doesnt no wat his doin, his only creating hatred by burning the quran someone need to tell him wat his doin is the stupidest thing that he ever did in his life even 9/11 there are muslims that lost their lifes and there are alot of muslim countries that stand up with america to fight on war on terror. people who think muslim are hatred religion they are rong they dont no anything about muslims. In 9/11 attack was not for chrisitian only because they target even muslim countries. WAKE UP AMERICAN WE ARE FELLOW CITIZEN 2

    September 8, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  25. Paul Ramirez

    Some people are just dumb. It's ignorant, handlebar-mustached bigots like him that tarnish the name of America. Yet we all get to pay the price for such stubborn stupidity and terrible facial hair.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  26. Catherine-Elizabeth Jackson

    Hello, I am a resident of Windsor, Ontario. Canada. And just the thought of what this pastor plans to do, should not be allowed! He is putting the health and well-being of the U.S. Troops as well as the Canadian Troops in danger of a full fledged war arupting. I believe that the law should be stepping in on this one. How would this pastor feel if they were to burn the Holy Bible? The bible says, not in the same words "Do onto others as you would like done to yourself".

    September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  27. Lisa K

    This pastor is mentally ill. No way you can reason with a crazy person. Makes one wonder if freedom of speech (and expression) shouldn't have some qualifiers. Most organized religions have nothing to do with God or spirituality. To quote one of our Founding Fathers Thomas Payne:
    "Any system of religion that frightens the mind of a child, cannot be true."

    September 8, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  28. Pastor James Walker

    The Bible says in I Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." I believe that this act of burning the Quran is against the righteousness of God. This will do nothing to benefit the cross of salvation, but will excite confusion, hatred, and strife. This is an act of zeal, but not according to knowledge. We must live peaceably with all men to be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 says, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." I stand on the Word of God and this is not of God.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  29. Janna

    When I first heard about this story, I was furious that it had even BECOME a story. How dare we pay any attention to an individual who is preaching hate. I was furious that he was given ANY attention at all. Why can't America immediately write him off as an inconsequential extremist? THEN, I realized that Anderson was doing the story in order to discredit him. THANK YOU Anderson! If CNN played any part in creating this 'story', I hope that tearing it down will help to make up for the damage that has already been done . .

    September 8, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  30. Michelle

    This is why our world is so messed up like it is, too many small minded people like this around. If he were really working to spread God's word, it would not be hate, it would be love and forgiveness. Obviously, he does NOT read the Bible in depth like he should, OR ~ he has no comprehension at all...

    September 8, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  31. Imagine

    One more thing, Anderson keeps talking about the safety of our troops. Why? The problem is not the burning of the koran, it is the reaction of the muslim who would kill over this. In the middle east, bibles are burned all the time and Chrsitians are killed for their faith. Do you see the christian community calling for the death of muslims in response? Are their mass protests in the streets by Christians openly calling for death to Muslims? No. Very hypocritical to be cricisizing this pastor when the real problem lies in the islamic community.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  32. D. Gorman

    I think it is VERY interesting that religious leaders have banded together to condemn the actions of this extremist christian pastor, and yet I don't see muslim religious leaders making the same move (with the same conviction...news conferences, the whole bit) to condemn the actions of extremist muslim sects. I agree this guy may be a crackpot, but we should apply the same measuring stick to all.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  33. Imagine

    I think Anderson is making an argument that, in itself, is totally contrary to freedom of expression guaranteed in the U.S. constitution. True, this is controversial, but perhaps he should be talking about the rights this church has. In the media, it is politically correct to support Islamic causes simply to look tolerant, yet the whole problem people have with Islam, is it's intolerance! If you ever see that COEXIST bumper sticker, think about this; the first sign is for Islam, the only one on that sticker that does not call for telerance and coexistance. Islam calls for the world to be under Sharia law and that the "infidels", the rest of us, should be either become muslim or die. Hmmmm, we dont have that problem within the Christian, Jewsih, Hindu, Bhudist community. It is time people started standing up to this religeon that calls for world domination and stop trying to be politically correct at ALL costs.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  34. Karen W

    Remember the past. ‎"Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856) 100 years before the Nazis burned books.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  35. Kevin

    Anderson Cooper had no problem showing the pictures of Abu Ghraib, thereby inflaming passions and costing American lives, yet he attacks the Pastor for wishing to exercise what is a right of every American, which is to burn any book one wishes. Nice double standard.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  36. Greg Connett

    Mr. Cooper,
    I live in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. Today I saw your interview about burning the Quran and was taken a back. How could a person in their right mind do something like this? I live and do some volunteer work in Muhammadiyah Universith which is an Islamic helping, I hope, with their teaching and English programs. I have been welcomed with open arms by the faculity and students. They are so interested in learning English and ways to improve their way of life. I only hope that they will be as open and welcoming if the Quran is burned by the church in Flordia. I am sure if this is carried out it will not only cause problems for our service men but for the civilian living and working in a Muslim Country.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  37. roshevl

    Terry Jones must be recruiting for Al Qaeda. Why else would he want to inflame the Muslim population this way? This is like throwing matches into a powder keg.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  38. Jeanine Mynatt

    God teaches us to love thy neighbor. This action is a feeling of hate not love. If this man does go through with this act, I feel he did not receive the call from God. Not all Muslims are bad. Just like not all Christians are good. There are bad seeds in any community, race, religion, etc. You can not judge all by a few bad apples. You do not take drastic measures to correct a wrong. You pray that God will show the way to the right way to go. We just keep profiling when we know it is wrong. "Love thy neighbor". "Judge not least you be judged". "He who is without sin cast the first stone".

    September 8, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  39. Suzy Warman

    Instead of burning the Quran, why don't we all fly a flag in front of our homes and buy a flag to fly from our cars on September 11. The people in the Middle East love to burn our flag but burning their Quran just puts us on the same level as them. Two wrongs don't make a right. Can't afford a flag, then draw or make one from construction paper. Display it proudly on September 11, 2010.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  40. J DeLoache

    Here is my solution to avoid this bonfire to be seen on television and likely causing strife or even endangering lives .... Do no televise it!! CNN, please use your influence to contact other media outlets to boycott media coverage of this bozo's bonfire. Too bad he will not get the attention he wants.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |