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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-10 02:34 AM
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University of Florida Muslims fear Koran burning may spark violence
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Edited on Mon Sep-06-10 03:08 AM by Turborama
Source: Miami Herald

GAINESVILLE -- Before she left her Miami home to return to the University of Florida this fall, Wajiha Akhtar's parents gave her some unusual advice: stay indoors as much as possible and, whatever happens, don't go near the Koran burners.

"I was fearful," says Akhtar, 24, a graduate student in epidemiology who says she never had any concerns as a Muslim here until recently. "Will we get singled out?"

Far from Ground Zero, where debate over a proposed Islamic center is still roiling, a Gainesville church has aroused anger and tension among Florida's growing Muslim community and caught the world's attention -- from international headlines to rallies in Indonesia and India -- because of its pistol-toting pastor's plan to ignite a bonfire of Korans on 9/11 to protest what he calls a religion "of the devil."

Fearing violence, some Muslims are leaving town on the Sept. 11 weekend to avoid problems.

Last week in South Florida, 13 mosque leaders issued a call to the region's Muslims for nonviolence in anticipation of high emotions over the desecration of Islam's holy book. At UF, administrators have said they're afraid the protest at the small Dove World Outreach Center will mar the school's image, while international students and prospective foreign applicants have also expressed concern. "Things have escalated," says Ismail ibn Ali, president of the university's Islam on Campus student organization, which serves about 600 Muslim students in this city with 1,500 Muslims, a population that's slowly grown over the last 30 years.

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  -University of Florida Muslims fear Koran burning may spark violence Turborama  Sep-06-10 02:34 AM   #0 
  - I think that is exactly what this radical Christian cleric wants  bluestateguy   Sep-06-10 02:49 AM   #1 
  - Someone should be setting up a bible burning.  whyverne   Sep-06-10 06:39 AM   #15 
     - No  customerserviceguy   Sep-06-10 10:03 AM   #16 
     - Concur  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-07-10 10:29 AM   #20 
     - No way.  Dappleganger   Sep-07-10 11:15 AM   #25 
     - No - I don't  leftynyc   Sep-07-10 01:36 PM   #30 
  - What the hell country are we living in that these students are afraid.  EFerrari   Sep-06-10 02:50 AM   #2 
  - As disgusting as these koran burners are  EmeraldCityGrl   Sep-06-10 02:55 AM   #3 
  - Actually, they will be breaking the law if they go ahead with this extremely provocative act  Turborama   Sep-06-10 03:04 AM   #5 
  - Note that the law they are breaking has nothing to do with it being provacative  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-07-10 10:26 AM   #19 
     - Make sure to check that I didn't say that it did.  Turborama   Sep-07-10 10:44 AM   #22 
        - Just being clear about which law was being broken and that other forms of protest break it as well  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-07-10 10:53 AM   #23 
  - good luck with that! You know they'll be there nt  flamingdem   Sep-07-10 11:08 AM   #24 
  - News about it is already being broadcast all over the world by the BBC, CNN International  Turborama   Sep-07-10 11:27 AM   #27 
  - +1000  superconnected   Sep-07-10 03:16 PM   #33 
  - This is headed toward a bad ending...  WCGreen   Sep-06-10 02:57 AM   #4 
  - Muslims consider Jesus Christ to be an important prophet.  boppers   Sep-06-10 03:06 AM   #6 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-06-10 03:40 AM   #7 
  - .....  HEyHEY   Sep-06-10 03:40 AM   #8 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Sep-06-10 04:07 AM   #9 
     - I think they are just concerned about their daughter's safety  HEyHEY   Sep-06-10 04:17 AM   #10 
     - Are you serious?  parkia00   Sep-06-10 04:26 AM   #11 
     - You got there just before me. I can't believe some of the stuff  sabrina 1   Sep-06-10 05:33 AM   #13 
     - You're not making any sense. Were you trying to say something  sabrina 1   Sep-06-10 05:30 AM   #12 
  - Hail Hitler (nuff said) n't :(  PatrynXX   Sep-06-10 06:31 AM   #14 
  - This is not condoned by an overwhelming majority of churches, but  humblebum   Sep-06-10 10:17 AM   #17 
  - Of course it happens.  Dappleganger   Sep-07-10 11:17 AM   #26 
  - If the news media decided to make an issue of it, then  humblebum   Sep-07-10 12:32 PM   #28 
  - Oh it makes a lot of sense.  Dappleganger   Sep-07-10 02:09 PM   #31 
     - First of all, we are not at war with Islam. And second you  humblebum   Sep-07-10 03:09 PM   #32 
        - No, I don't.  Dappleganger   Sep-07-10 04:05 PM   #36 
           - These people are perceived as Americans burning the Koran  humblebum   Sep-07-10 04:35 PM   #38 
  - So then you must also believe we should shut up Assange/Wikileaks, no? eom  pipoman   Sep-08-10 08:31 AM   #42 
  - I have no problem with burning a book if someone really can't stand it  superconnected   Sep-07-10 03:26 PM   #34 
     - The real problem I am facing here locally  Dappleganger   Sep-07-10 04:10 PM   #37 
     - No kidding - I've met plenty of Fundys now that say that the founding fathers  superconnected   Sep-07-10 06:21 PM   #40 
     - Burning books has usually been seen as very infantile and naziesque  humblebum   Sep-07-10 04:51 PM   #39 
  - "mosque leaders issued a call to the region's Muslims for nonviolence" Good but...  alp227   Sep-06-10 02:44 PM   #18 
  - Very good! They need to call out against that violence!  superconnected   Sep-07-10 03:27 PM   #35 
  - and I think it is exactly what the radical islamists want  BoneDaddy   Sep-07-10 10:38 AM   #21 
  - Cheney Inc. want a 9/11 to happen on President Obama's watch so they can say "see".  Turborama   Sep-07-10 12:40 PM   #29 
     - Right  BoneDaddy   Sep-08-10 08:20 AM   #41 
  - Some recent LTTE in the Gainesville Sun  struggle4progress   Sep-08-10 08:40 AM   #43 
  - you know what would be the coolest thing  MissMillie   Sep-08-10 09:23 AM   #44 

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