A Florida church is promoting Islamophobia and has plans to publically burn the Holy Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The Dove World Outreach Center has called for the “International Burn a Quran Day” and asked other religious groups to join in the event, The Huffington Post reported on Friday.
Pastor Terry Jones called Islam an evil religion and said all Christians and politicians need to stand up and say no to Islam.
“The goal of these and other protests are [sic] to give Muslims an opportunity to convert,” Jones said.
Mainstream Muslim groups in the United States have denounced the announcement, but they noted that they would not take any direct action against the church.
Muslims across the US have faced extensive religious discrimination since the 9/11 attacks.