International Burn a Koran Day is a Terrible Idea--Just Ask Busta Rhymes and Toumani Diabate
On Sept. 11, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida plans to stage "International Burn a Koran Day" to demonstrate his anti-Islam values. Jones heads the Dove World Outreach Center, which consists of about 50 members. He says he wants to do it as a "tribute to Sept. 11 victims as well as to speak out against Islam." Despite death threats and warnings from the White House that the burning of the holy books will endanger troops stationed in Muslim countries, Jones says he's definitely pushing through with the burning the holy book of Islam.
"Declaring 'Burn a Qur'an Day' doesn't just insult Muslims -- it insults all Americans. It puts our troops overseas in danger. Worst of all, it helps terrorists recruit new members and spread the message that their war is a holy one between Islam and the West."
The Koran is an ancient text that has literary merit as well; it's not only influenced books and novels, but music.
3. Busta Rhymes' "Arab Money"
"Arab Money," released in 2008, was subject to controversy because Rhymes released a
remix came that quoted lines from the holy Koran. DJ Steve Sutherland of Galaxy FM was suspended temporarily when he played the song and listeners complained. In interviews, Rhymes said the lyrics actually champion Arab culture:
"Sometimes, people like to twist things. We ain't mockin' the culture. We ain't tryin' to be disrespectful. Ain't no racism going on right here. "If you listen to the song, you see that we are actually acknowledging the fact that the Arabian culture, a middle East culture is one of the few cultures, that value passing down hard work riches that's been built amongst the family."
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