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2 ministers burn Quran in Tennessee backyard | MichaelMoore.com

2 ministers burn Quran in Tennessee backyard | MichaelMoore.com: "SPRINGFIELD, TN — A Florida pastor's threat to burn Islam's holy book on the anniversary of 9/11 set off a nationwide furor and incited Muslim anger as far away as Afghanistan, but the incendiary plan ended quietly in the backyard of a home in Springfield.

After a week that included warnings that burning the Quran would endanger American troops overseas, a personal phone call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and an appeal from President Barack Obama to listen to 'those better angels,' the Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., relented and canceled his plans.

But the Rev. Bob Old vowed to stick with his plan to burn the Quran.

On Saturday, despite the national tempest and opposition from conservative Christian leaders including Middle Tennessee pastors, Old carried out his plan.

But for all the controversy and hype, his Quran burning took place in front of just a handful of people, most of them from …

Michael Moore Raises $50,000 for Islamic Center Near Ground Zero | MichaelMoore.com

Michael Moore Raises $50,000 for Islamic Center Near Ground Zero | MichaelMoore.com: "LOWER MANHATTAN — Michael Moore says he has raised over $50,000 for Park51, the mosque and community center near Ground Zero.

Moore, a liberal director and author, wrote a blog post on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11, urging supporters of the Park51 project to donate whatever they could. He promised to match up to $10,000.

Less than 48 hours later, five times that amount had poured in as thousands of people from around the country heeded Moore’s call, he said.

'Times are tough economically, and supporting our Muslim brothers and sisters is not a popular thing to do right now,' Moore said on his blog Monday morning. 'I am truly touched by your generosity — and people around the world will know that you, too, represent an America they rarely get to see.'

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Daniel Ellsberg Calls for Release of Wikileaks “Whistleblower” Army Pfc. Bradley Manning | CommonDreams.org

Daniel Ellsberg Calls for Release of Wikileaks “Whistleblower” Army Pfc. Bradley Manning | CommonDreams.org: "Nationwide - September 14 - Daniel Ellsberg helped end the war in Vietnam when he leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1970. Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged “whistleblower” accused of releasing documents and combat video showing the gunning down of Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists to Wikileaks. Manning was not born when Ellsberg blew the whistle on the Vietnam War, but Ellsberg says, “Soldiers sworn oath is to defend and support the Constitution. Bradley Manning has been defending and supporting our Constitution.'


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