Quran-burning Threat Prompts Alternate Witness by Texas Church

MESQUITE, TX – A United Methodist congregation in this Dallas-area suburb has chosen to respond to a Florida church’s threat to burn Qurans with a positive witness of its own.

While world media focused on Dove World Outreach Center’s threat to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, leaders of 300-member St. Stephen United Methodist Church collaborated on an alternative: a positive statement about loving enemies.

Members of St. Stephen’s Council on Ministries and Administrative Board came up with an outdoor banner that reads: “We Support Our Troops, Even As We Love Our Enemies. – Matthew 5:44.” The red-white-and-blue banner erected Sept. 10 also includes the cross-and-flame logo that is the official service mark of the congregation’s denomination, The United Methodist Church.

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