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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.