'Burn a Koran Day' Promoting Anti-Islamic Spirit?

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The proposed mosque near New York City's Ground Zero and the construction of several mega-mosques across the country have many Americans pushing back against what they see as encroaching Islam.

Terry Jones, senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., is hosting "International Burn a Koran Day" on Sept. 11. The move has prompted questions on just how far these protests should go.

Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, warned the event could cost American lives and endanger the entire effort in Afghanistan.

"It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems," Petraeus said in a statement to the media. "Not just here, but everywhere in the world, we are engaged with the Islamic community."

Click play for updated coverage of the proposed "International Burn a Koran Day" with CBN News Reporter Mark Martin.  CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane also offers insight on the threat the event poses.

Jones' group also put up a billboard advertising the "International Burn a Koran Day" just a few yards away from a Florida Islamic academy. The pastor is adamant about holding the event despite Petraeus' warning.

"We are actually very, very concerned... We are taking the general's words very serious," Jones told CNN. "We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time we are definitely praying about it."

Angry Muslims are now taking to the streets in Afghanistan. One recent video from the country showed protestors shouting, "Long live the Koran!" and, "Death to America!"

"We have received over 100 death threats, some of them being very graphic," Jones said. "Some of them stating exactly when they will come, how they will kill us, what they will do. But then again, does that not show and reveal the nature of Islam?"

Christian groups including the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance say burning the Koran would be an act of hatred that's contrary to the Christian faith.

Protests of other mosque projects across the nation have many concerned that an anti-Islam trend is rising in the U.S. In Murfreesboro, Tenn., investigators say a fire at the site of a proposed mega-mosque was definitely arson.

"I think something good will come out of this," local imam Ossama Bahlouh said. "We'll get to know each other and everyone will realize the Muslim community is part of this society."

Bill Keller, a Florida Internet pastor, will also be holding Christian services near Ground Zero to counter the mosque initiative there.

"When they decided to build a mosque and decided to preach what I consider a 1,400-year-old lie from hell, I decided that somebody should be down there preaching the truth of God's word," Keller said.

He added that the mosque can be built but, "if they want to go there and preach the lies of Islam, I can come preach the truth of the Bible."

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