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Militia Group Says Burning the Qur’an is un-Christian

The pastor behind next month's event accuses the armed conservative group of "giving in to pressure and fear."

Yesterday evening, CNN reported that Florida's Dove World Outreach Center had arranged for an armed militia group to protect the Qur'an-burning event they scheduled for September 11.

This morning, it appears, the militia is having second thoughts.

"Right Wing Extreme has pulled support for the International Burning of the Koran day and will not attend the event," the group announced in a 1:50 a.m. press release on its website. "After much thought and prayer the organization's leadership determined this event does not glorify GOD in way that leads the lost to Jesus Christ."

The group, which bills itself in the release as an "armed Christian conservative group," says they got started in April 2009 after a department of Homeland Security report called "Right Wing Extremism," which highlighted the radical far right's revitalization since President Barack Obama took office.

The group considers Islam a "cult" and blasts the President for his support of the Park51 Islamic center which a Muslim group plans to build near Ground Zero in New York. But they do not think burning Islam's holy scripture will solve any problems.

"Dove World Outreach are our brothers and sisters in Christ," the release says. "However we ask that they not hold this event for the reason that it may diminish the work of the Holy Spirit to witness to Muslims."

The release also quoted James 1:19: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath."

Posters on the group's forum were divided on the issue.

"I support the desecration of the Koran," wrote "RushLimbaughFan," "because not Only is Islam a Heathen Religion, it is also the only one that Preaches Hate and Kill thy Neighbor in the Name of spreading Islam across the Globe."

"This could be the stupidest idea ever in the history of stupid ideas," wrote "Kevin." "What do you think the net results of this action will be? You will give the left ammunition right before the November elections."

"You are all horrible human beings and Christians," retorted "empire." "Jesus taught in the bible to turn the other cheek and respect other people. Is this what you call that?!"

"What happened, Shannon? Who got to you?" wrote Fran Ingram, who said she was a "proud member" of the Dove World Outreach Center, to Right Wing Extreme founder Shannon Carson. "I cannot believe you wrote your latest press release. I call it totally cowardly."

"I will be removing my membership from your forum," she added.

Dove World Outreach Center's Pastor Terry Jones told CNN that Right Wing Extreme must have "bowed to fear or to pressure from other organizations, other groups."

After receiving threats by phone and email and meeting with the FBI, Jones had hoped the group would be able to protect them during the Qur'an burning event.

"This is just a typical giving in to pressure and fear," he said.

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