For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Love
Phone: 773-256-2714, 248-514-2922
‘Koran Burning, Dangerous and Immoral’
Please see below a statement from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, regarding Florida Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones’ planned “International Burn a Koran Day.”
CHICAGO (September 7, 2010)—I strongly oppose Pastor Terry Jones’, of Dove World Outreach Center, planned “International Burn a Koran Day that is scheduled to take place on the 9th anniversary of September 11th. His plan, if carried out, is provocative, dangerous and immoral. It likewise invites religious war mongering.
In the bible it states, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” The bible speaks to us that we should” love one another “as Christ has loved us. It also promotes the idea that love is not limited to race, creed, color, and or religious preference.
The act of Koran burning is offensive and endangers people all over the world; in particular our military service men and women as well as Americans who travel abroad.
We urge Pastor Jones to reconsider his actions and weigh the consequences. I appeal to all people of faith and Christians in particular, to resist and refrain from participating in this type of immoral and divisive behavior. Jesus calls us to peace and coexistence without alienation and discrimination.”
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization devoted to protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. To learn more, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366. To arrange an interview with Rev. Jackson, please call the numbers listed above.