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Dove World Outreach Center – Whited Sepulchre to the Core

August 20, 2010

As the CBS4 website in south Florida reports, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, plans to “commemorate” September 11 this year by burning Qur’ans. (Gainesville Church Will Burn Qurans on 9/11)

They applied for a burn permit, but the city of Gainesville refused it. However, the church intends to stage its little bonfire anyway, thus breaking the law.

But that’s not the only law they’re planning to break.

They seem completely oblivious to the “dove” symbolism in the name of their church. And to the word “outreach.” I’ve never seen anyone “outreach” to someone by destroying what they hold most sacred. Going by the apparent reasoning of this church, the Muslims who hijacked those three planes on 9/11 were simply doing “outreach” to the people of the United States.

And we see how well that turned out, in the minds of the people of the Dove World Outreach Center. Nevertheless, they have adopted and copied the exact same approach as their Muslim brethren. Destroy, destroy, hate, and destroy, just in the name of Christ instead of Allah.

Wonder what Christ himself would have to say about this sort of response to one’s enemies? But wait — we know already. Read this whole thing very carefully, and see if you can find the people of this church here:

I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

And unto him that smiteth thee on the [one] cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not [to take thy] coat also.

Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask [them] not again.

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

And if ye lend [to them] of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven

Luke 6:27-37

Clearly, the one thing the denizens of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida are NOT are followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus wept.

(Followup info: for a more godly and Christlike response to the book-burning, visit this Firedoglake.com piece. Several other pastors in the Gainesville area plan to read from the Qur’an in their services to counteract the ungodly burnings.)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. mark1147 permalink
    August 21, 2010 1:32 pm

    I’ll just bet they reach out to doves — to strangle them.

    If I’m recalling Scott Peck’s writings correctly, he posited that genuine evil comes from a total lack of empathy, an inability to put oneself into others’ shoes — which is what Terry Jones and his followers seem to have, in spades. (Not to mention a real facility for ignoring the spirit as well as the letter of what Jesus supposedly said. Those words are in red in some Bibles for a reason, people!)

    I certainly would not want the karma those folk are in for — as the carpenter’s son said, they shall have their reward.

    • August 21, 2010 4:38 pm

      I still can’t help feeling, sometimes, that I really want to be there to watch. 😀

  2. mark1147 permalink
    August 21, 2010 7:00 pm

    I went to the church website and was actually a bit relieved to find them claiming to have only 50 members. Even for rural Florida, that’s a tiny congregation.

    But a viperous one, if the screeds on the rest of the site are anything to go by. It’s really cool that several other pastors in the area have decided on the perfect response — reading from the Qu’ran in worship on the same day.

  3. mark1147 permalink
    August 21, 2010 7:03 pm

    ETA: dang, my embedded link did not work. Coverage of the pastors’ response is at

    http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/66544

    [h/t to whoever put this link up wherever I just saw it]

    • August 22, 2010 12:56 pm

      Heehee! That was actually me, Mark. 🙂

      And thanks for putting the link here! I meant to come back and add it to this original entry, but the day got late and I never managed it.

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