Burning the Qur’an

A full page advertisement was run in the New York Times today that was pretty simple. The top half of the ad, in bold letters reads, “Burning the Qu’ran does not illuminate the Bible”. There is a web address, www.FaithandRespect.com and below that, a list of people supporting the statement. That list includes the president of Campus Crusade for Christ Int., Steve Douglas. Steve also released the statement below.

September 10, 2010

Steve Douglass
Campus Crusade for Christ, President

Statement on Uniting with Christian Leaders of the World
In response to Possible Burning of the Qur’an

The burning of the Qur’an contemplated this week is inconsistent with the response to Islam of mainstream, biblical Christianity. The advertisement published in
today’s edition of the New York Times affirms that this act would not represent my personal views, the views of our organization, or, in my opinion, the position of the vast majority of the leaders of the Christian World.

With any faith, an extreme stance of one person does not necessarily reflect the position of the larger group.

I commend Pastor Terry Jones for the decision that he made not to burn copies of the Qur’an. I pray that he will stick with that decision. Burning copies of the Qur’an will needlessly place many lives in danger.

I don’t really have anything to add of my own. I agree that burning the Qur’an is wrong and does not reflect the teachings of Christ or the leading of the Holy Spirit.