Sameer Abufardeh recalls hearing an old proverb in his native Palestine.
â€œIf one man throws a stone into a well,â€ the saying goes, â€œit takes 1,000 men to get it out.â€
Suona Osman with her son Omar
That axiom reminds the Fargo resident of the furor created by the Florida minister who has threatened to burn the Muslim holy book, the Quran, today. The Rev. Terry Jonesâ€™ well-publicized plans for a â€œBurn the Koranâ€ day on the anniversary of 9/11 have created outrage and protests across the globe.
But Fargoâ€™s Muslim community has opted to keep much cooler heads. Worshipers gathered as usual at their south Fargo mosque Friday…
The Pentagon’s press secretary says that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Florida pastor Terry Jones and “urged the Pastor not to proceed with it,” NPR reports.
Press secretary Geoff Morrell released the following in a statement: “Secretary Gates reached out to Pastor Jones this afternoon. They had a very brief phone conversation during which the Secretary expressed his grave concern that going forward with the Quran burning would put at risk the lives of our forces around the world, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he urged the Pastor not to proceed with it.”
Jones was spearheading a protest in which copies of the Quran, Islam’s holiest text, would have been burned on Sept. 11. He has since canceled that protest.