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Local Clergy Won't Hold a Quran Burning, but a Quran Reading
A unknown Florida pastor has been rocketed into infamy for his plans, which may end up being canceled, to hold a Quran burning event. Terry Jones' rally, which would take place on Saturday, September 11th, is in protest of the controversial Islamic community -- erroneously called a mosque -- center planned for near Ground Zero. The news has sparked protests in the Middle East and offiicals are worried that if the Quran burning goes through, it will endanger the lives of Americans.
Locally here in Southern California, some Southbay clergy are planning the exact opposite: a Quran reading. "We have been lamenting the hateful actions that have been contemplated in Florida," said Rev. Reinhard Krauss, pastor of St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Rolling Hills Estates, to the Daily Breeze. "We saw it as an opportunity to take action, to look at some texts in the Quran and see what they have to say."
For one hour starting at noon, the church is inviting anyone to read and discuss the book. It's not a protest, not a debate, but rather about taking a moment to learn.