Will U.S. Mosque Protests Stir Global Christian Attacks?

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The controversy over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero may not only affect those in the U.S., but also Christians living in Muslim countries.

Carl Moeller, president and CEO of the ministry Open Doors USA, told CBN News that Muslims overseas are paying attention to the protests against the mosque -- and could retaliate.

"When radical Islamists around the world see those kinds of protests, they can't lash out at Americans directly, but what they can do is lash out against Christians in their local communities," he explained. "Muslim extremist can't attack the United States, but they can burn the church across town and kill the pastor and other Christians by mob violence."

The debate surrounding the Ground Zero mosque has sparked several protests and even spilled over into other "mega mosque" projects throughout the U.S.

Some protests, however, have gotten a negative response.

A nondenominational church in Florida has planned an "International Burn the Koran Day" on Sept. 11.  The Dove World Outreach Center invited Christians and all others who believe Islam is "of the devil" to join in.

Several Christian organizations and churches are denouncing the event and urging that it be cancelled.

Moeller also said the church's action will have devastating consequences for Christians in Muslim countries.

"When Muslims take that footage, when al-Jazeera broadcasts over and over the images of Korans being burned, Christians around the world will suffer, almost no doubt about that," he claimed. "We will most likely see Christians killed because of these Koran burnings."

The National Association of Evangelicals has called for Dove World Outreach to cancel the event. However, Pastor Terry Jones -- who leads the church -- said his congregation's actions are in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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