Coverage of MRFF’s Offer To Donate a New Qur’an to Afghan Army for Every One Destroyed by Jones

After being contacted by scores of our active duty military clients asking us to do something in response to Terry Jones’s planned “Burn A Koran Day,” MRFF has decided that the most appropriate response would not be to try to stop Jones, but to donate to the Afghan National Army, as a gesture of good will and a statement of opposition to this entirely un-American act of religious bigotry, a new Qur’an for each one destroyed by Jones and his followers.

We need your financial support to help pay for these replacement Qur’ans. Please visit helpbuildthewall.org and make a pledge. Make a fully tax-deductible donation to get a brick in the wall, and enter a custom message on your brick to share your opinion of Terry Jones’s event.

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From MRFF’s Inbox:

My name is Zachari Klawonn I am a Specialist in the United States Army Stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. As a service member in the United States military who happens to be Muslim I am so thankful that Mikey Weinstein has stood up and condemned the potential “burn a Quran day”. Countless other service members as well as myself who happen to be Muslim are so thankful that there is an organization standing up to this disgusting potential act in the state of Florida. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation continues to stand up in the face of injustice and wrong in today’s world. As a proud service member and Muslim I say THANK YOU MRFF! Through this intense struggle of islamaphobia that we service members are going through, we know that MRFF is going to be there for us and ready to help if needed. Thank you so much!

United States Army Specialist Zachari Klawonn


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    7 Comments

    1. Rob

      If the military is prohibited from distributing bibles, what makes you think that you have the right to have General Petraeus distribute Korans to the Afghan Army? You people are a bunch of flaming hypocrites and quite typical of modern day leftists!

    2. Stephen Wilson

      As Bush corrected himself, this is not a crusade. We are not missionaries. When the Afghans can stand up we will stand down. Gen. Petraeus implored that the Qur’an burning would be counter productive. It is hoped that the forwarding of the Qur’ans would be seen as a goodwill gesture to make amends. Part of the mission is to change hearts and minds, but this shall not include evangelizing.

      As for proselytizing in the U.S. military, chaplains and other resources are provided for the troops to observe their faith and belief, or unbelief. Participation is voluntary and whether a soldier participates shall not be a factor in the soldier’s career.

    3. Lee Zehrer

      I thought this was all about freedom FROM religion?

      Seems like our troops could better use more ammunition than Korans.

    4. Ted N.

      I hope MRFF will reconsider this gesture. As a donor, I don’t want my contribution used to procure holy books of any kind.

    5. Lee Zehrer

      Ted N.

      Absolutely. I’m behind you.

      More here?

    6. ML

      Separation of church and state means the government would not force anyone to be of any particular religion . So often that quote of separation of church and state has been taken to the extremes. The pastor in Florida may not be using wisdom by burning Korans (is he going to cause more attention to be brought upon the USA ? —We already have people that hate America and that want to destroy it —-Why agitate a situation —I don’t think using wisdom is being a coward ) , however neither are the people in New York that want to build a mosque on top of Ground Zero . It is equivalent to building a Nazi salute on top of a Synagogue . Where is the respect ? Sure people can and should forgive . But is what the people in New York that are wanting to do with a mosque to somehow put their mark of Look where we succeeded —-We killed some infidels along with our own flesh and blood . What is there true motive ? I would question any religous group that would promote an act of terrorism and hate . The USA constitution promotes religous freedom in America but nowhere in the Constitution does it say its alright to murder someone if you don’t like what they believe in .

    7. DP

      Mikey, you lost me on this one. I’d like to continue to support your organization but you are way out of bounds. It’s always commendable to support the troops, but your job is not to pass out ‘holy’ books. No damn way.

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