Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
September 20, 2010
For Immediate Release
president condemns planned Quran burning
|Washington (BWA) --
Baptist World Alliance President John Upton has condemned the
planned burning of the Quran by a church in Gainesville, Florida, in the United
States, on September 11. |
The following is the full text by Upton.
"The Baptist World Alliance stands with our fellow Baptists
around the world in denouncing and in expressing our profound distress over the
threat of Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in
Gainesville, Florida, to burn the Quran. This is a desecration of the sacred text for all Muslims and disrespects
the right of all persons to worship according to their own convictions.
"This act is not in the character or spirit of Jesus Christ
and misrepresents the true nature of the Christian faith. It is our prayer that Rev. Jones and his
congregation will repent of this threat and ask the forgiveness of the Islamic
community and discontinue his caustic rhetoric."