Rev. Terry Jones (L) and preacher Wayne Sapp (R) who burned Quran, photo above.
Afghan rage over Quran burning spreads, the desecration of the Muslim holy book at a Florida church fuels a second day of deadly protests in Afghanistan.
The Quran was burned Sunday March 20 by Rev. Terry Jones and preacher Wayne Sapp, but many Afghans only found out about it when Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the desecration four days later. The burning took place at the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, the same church where the Rev. Terry Jones had threatened to destroy a copy of the holy book last year but initially backed down.
During Dove World Outreach Center's Sunday service, without any publicity and under the supervision of Rev. Jones, Pastor Wayne Sapp soaked a Quran in kerosene for an hour, held an event he said was a "trial" for the Muslim holy book, and after the book was found guilty, Sapp set the Quran on fire using a barbecue lighter. The AFP reports that the book burned for about 10 minutes, while some onlookers took pictures.
“The actions of one church in Florida do not represent the vast majority of Christians, who desire to live in peace with their neighbors,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. “But violence against other human beings is never an appropriate response.”Violent demonstrations in Afghanistan were sparked by the March 20 burning of Islam’s holy book.
Pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., oversaw the Quran burning, with the assistance of preacher Wayne Sapp, after staging a mock trial that found the Muslim holy book “guilty of causing murder, rape and terrorism.” Jones said a jury of “individuals mainly from around Florida” determined the verdict, according to ABC News.
The church's desecration of the Quran nearly two weeks ago has outraged millions of Muslims and others worldwide, fueling anti-American sentiment that is further straining ties between the Afghan government and the West.
The top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, said the organization had no plans to evacuate. It would, however, temporarily redeploy 11 staff members from Maraz-i-Sharif to Kabul.
The uproar even brought violence to the normally peaceful northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday, when a crowd of protesters — apparently infiltrated by insurgents — stormed a U.N. compound in an outpouring that left four Afghan protesters and seven foreign U.N. employees dead, three were identified by officials in their home countries as: Joakim Dungel, a 33-year-old Swede; Lt. Col. Siri Skare, a 53-year-old female pilot from Norway; and Filaret Motco, a 43-year-old Romanian who worked in the political section of the U.N..
In Florida, Wayne Sapp, a pastor at the church, called the events "tragic," but said he did not regret his actions at his church. "I in no way feel like our church is responsible for what happened," Sapp said in a telephone interview on Friday.
Gainesville Fl Pastor Wayne Sapp is responsible for the deaths of Joakim Dungel, a 33-year-old Swede; Lt. Col. Siri Skare, a 53-year-old female pilot from Norway; and Filaret Motco, a 43-year-old Romanian.
Rev. Terry Jones manages TS & Company LLC with his wife, Sylvia, and assistant pastor Marvin Wayne Sapp, according to state corporate records. The company and the Jones’ purchased six duplexes in Gainesville, beginning in 2006 – buildings the Gainesville Sun reported sometimes housed people who volunteered to work for TS & Company’s eBay-based furniture shipping business.
Citing the use of church property to run that for-profit company, the Alachua County property appraiser recently revoked a portion of the church’s tax-exempt status. The church corporation, Dove Charismatic Ministries Inc., must now pay property taxes on about 8 percent of the property’s $1.6 million assessed value. That resulted in a $3,233 tax bill this year, according to property appraiser records.
Pastor Wayne Sapp aka Marvin Wayne Sapp, 42, his SSN issued in Florida, is using the Dove World Outreach Center's address, 5805 37th St, GAINESVILLE, FL 32653.
Primary Owner: DOVE CHARISMATIC MINISTRIES INC
Site Address: 5805 37th St, Gainesville FL 32653; No Date Rptd
Owner Address: 5805 37th St, Gainesville FL 32653
Assessed Value: $1,651,200.00
--- REPORTED OCCUPANTS ---
Name: JONES, TERRY L
Date Rptd: 01/10/2009
Phone: (352) 376-4293
Alachua County Clerk of Courts Gainesville Fl.
SAPP, MARVIN DEFENDANT REOP-CIVIL/PR/JUV/CRIM 01 2003 CC 002695
SAPP, MARVIN WAYNE DEFENDANT DOB-03/12/1969 CLOSED 01 1997 CT 000539 A
SAPP, MARVIN WAYNE DEFENDANT DOB-03/12/1969 CLOSED 01 2010 TR 083542
SAPP, MARVIN WAYNE..01 1997 CT 000539 A
|DRIVING WHILE DL SUSPENDED OR REVOKED||322.34(2)||Second Degree Misdemeanor||NO INFO SAME CHARGE PREVIOUSLY FILED|
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