In a previous thread UC Ministries looked at the controversial supposed burning of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones.  At the end of the dayJones decided not to go ahead with the burning, however others did.  One such instance took place behind a pub in Newcastle England

This is an image from the video which has since been taken down by youtube

 where a Koran was douced with petrol and burned.  Police were quick to take action and arrests were made. 

This is the lastest:

NO ONE is to be prosecuted after a copy of the Koran was burnt on the anniversary of 9/11.

A video of the Muslim holy book being doused in lighter fuel and set on fire was posted on internet site YouTube.

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following the incident in the back yard of the Bugle pub in Leam Lane, Gateshead, in September.

 But four months later, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided there is not enough evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors said they could neither identify who made the film nor prove threatening behavior was used, and said the “individuals involved claimed they did not intend to offend anyone”.

The CPS yesterday defended the decision, and Muslim community leaders have called for calm.

Northumbria chief crown prosecutor, Wendy Williams, said: “This was a serious incident which the vast majority of people will rightly find repugnant.

“However, no matter how unacceptable people may find such behavior, we can only prosecute if there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.”

She said the case had been subjected to a “very careful, detailed review” and Northumbria Police had carried out a “thorough investigation”. “We have taken very great care to consider all the facts in this case,” Ms Williams went on.

“The initial focus of the case was on the identity of the person who recorded the incident and posted it online, but it was not possible to identify who this was.

“Without knowing who it was, we cannot start a prosecution for the publicity of the video.

“We then looked to see whether we could prosecute any of the participants in the actual burning of the Koran for an offence of stirring up religious hatred. This offence requires proof threatening behavior was used, and there was no evidence we could use to prove that.

“We also looked at a religiously-aggravated public order offence.”

So far it is not a criminal offense to actually burn or dispose of a book.  However it was the way it was done that might have led to a criminal prosecution by  incitement to religious hatred. We can only hope that wiser heads might now defuse the situation.  Olso maybe the next time a Moslem takes it into his head to burn a Bible they will also think twice.

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Comments
  1. davidblaine says:

    I’m a Christian who has Muslim friends that realize I don’t believe in the Qur’an as I have witnessed to them.
    Also, as an American who believes in the Freedom of Religion as well as Freedom of Speech, I am against the burning of any books by anyone for any reason.
    I would rather that we worked things out peaceably as caring human beings and in the case of being against a certain book?… I would rather convince the person to burn the book themself rather than destroying something that another believes in. Hitler did this in the mid part of the 20th century and it didn’t go over too well if I remember my history lessons. These same so-called Christians who are burning Qur’ans didn’t like it when the U.S. military burned the Bible either. You can’t have it both ways.

  2. tommy says:

    Burn that xxxx

  3. Tommy I dont mind you commenting, but I will not allow swearing. So I edited out the swear word. But I do understand how you feel on this issue.

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