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Read a Qur'an Day

By Meghan Murphy-Gill | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Here are the kind of reactionary Christians to get behind. In response to the Gainsville church attracting all kinds of national attention for their "Burn a Koran Day" plans, James McGrath suggests an organized reading of the Qur'an:

Particularly if you've only heard brief quotes from the Qur'an which sound almost as horrific as the things you'd read in Deuteronomy or Joshua in the Bible, then use this occasion to branch out a little and read something that gives a fuller sense of what is in the Qur'an.

Yesterday, the Vatican gave a statement on the burning of Islam's holy book noting that the events of September 11 "cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community." 

Deplorable actions against Muslims, however, can be counteracted with an act of solidarity. Reading the Qur'an can deepen our sense of brother and sisterhood with our fellow citizens. And it's a far more powerful statement than an act of violence.

Related: Read the Qur'an Day Facebook group