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    Remembering 9/11

    Religious tension marks 9/11 anniversary

    Religious tensions about threats to burn copies of the Koran and controversy over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero loomed over the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

    Florida Pastor Terry Jones, of the tiny, obscure Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, backed off his plan to burn the Islamic holy book on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died.

    "We have decided to cancel the burning," Jones told NBC's "Today" show on Saturday. "We will definitely not burn the Koran."

    President Barack Obama and U.S. military leaders warned that burning copies of the Islamic holy book could damage the image of America abroad, endanger lives and be a recruiting tool for al Qaeda.

    News of the plan had outraged Muslims around the world and triggered violent protests in Afghanistan in which one protester was shot dead. Thousands of Afghans demonstrated in the northeast of the country for a second day on Saturday.

    Jones, who had arrived in New York from Florida on Friday night, said he came with the hope of meeting the New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is involved in the proposed Islamic center and mosque near the Manhattan site of the attacks.

    Although no meeting was planned the bewhiskered fundamentalist preacher who said he had received 100 death threats, hoped to persuade Rauf to relocate the project.

    Rauf, said on Friday he had no plans to meet the pastor. Sharif el-Gamal, project developer for the center, also denied it would be moved.

    A day ahead of Saturday's anniversary, a report warned that the United States faced a growing threat from home-grown insurgents and an "Americanization" of the al Qaeda leadership.

    In a speech on Friday Obama, referring to "the individual down in Florida," noted the pastor's Koran-burning plan had already caused anti-American riots in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are in a war against Muslim Taliban militants.

    Several thousand people gathered in three districts in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, where a day earlier a protester was shot dead outside a German-run NATO base, provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kentuz said.

    On Friday, a crowd estimated at 10,000, protested on the streets of Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, after special prayers for Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

    Protesters also gathered in the capital, Kabul, and in four other provinces.

    OPPOSITION TO CENTER

    Opponents of the New York center building plan say it is insensitive to the families of the victims of the 2001 events.

    Obama said at the news conference that he recognized "the extraordinary sensitivities" surrounding the September 11 attacks. But he said it should be possible to erect a mosque near the attack site, or a building representing any other kind of religion.

    "This country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights. One of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely," Obama said.

    "We are not at war against Islam, we are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam and have falsely used the banner of Islam," he added.

    Former heads of the 9/11 Commission that studied the 2001 attacks presented a 43-page report they called a wake-up call about the radicalization of Muslims in the United States and the changing strategy of al Qaeda and its allies.

    "The threat that the U.S. is facing is different than it was nine years ago," said the report, released by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

    "The U.S. is arguably now little different from Europe in terms of having a domestic terrorist problem involving immigrant and indigenous Muslims as well as converts to Islam."

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    So why is it OK fot ragheads to burn bibles, American flags, and hang and burn effigies of American presidents?

    I think burning books is stupid. But I also think backing down from threats is even more stupid. Phuck the ragheads!

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    RIP ALL 9/11 VICTIMS AN CONDOL TO THERE FAMILIES ......NEVER FORGET

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Buzzard View Post
    So why is it OK fot ragheads to burn bibles, American flags, and hang and burn effigies of American presidents?

    I think burning books is stupid. But I also think backing down from threats is even more stupid. Phuck the ragheads!
    Who says it's ok? It may be protected under our great Constitution, but it's not ok, morally.

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