ADL Calls "International Burn a Koran Day" Reprehensible

Boca Raton, FL, August 5, 2010 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemns plans of the Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) to hold "International Burn a Koran Day" on September 11, 2010. While utterly reprehensible, these plans are not unexpected. They fall within DWOC's established pattern of anti-Islam activities, which are detailed in a new ADL backgrounder on the group.  

Andrew Rosenkranz, ADL Florida Regional Director, issued the following statement:

The Anti-Defamation League is dismayed by the Dove World Outreach Center's public campaign to promote anti-Islam propaganda. The group is providing a platform for hatred against all Muslims, and is promulgating myths, falsehoods and stereotypes about Islam.

The upcoming "International Burn a Koran Day" is the latest anti-Islam tactic employed by an organization led by Pastor Terry Jones and author of the book, "Islam is of the Devil." It undoubtedly is intended to cast blame on all Muslims for 9/11, and not the extremists who perpetrated the terrorist attack. 

Recent examples of DWOC's hate-fueled activities include: an "Islam is of the Devil" campaign in July 2009 and was publicly condemned by ADL; DWOC member participation in an anti-gay demonstration organized by the Westboro Baptist Church in April 2010; and a July 5, 2010 protest of the Islamic Center on University Ave. in Gainesville.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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