USA TODAY by Larry Copeland, 8th Sept 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An associate pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, which is moving ahead with plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book on Saturday, said he doubts assertions that burning the Quran will endanger American troops.
“We don’t believe it,” said Wayne Sapp, 41, who has been a member of the church for 17 years. “The troops knew the dangers before they went over there. They knew the radical element of Islam is there. This is nothing new.”
“We are convinced this is the direction God wants us to go,” Sapp said. “That’s the only reason we’re doing it in the first place.”
“God is leading us right up to the moment,” he said. “It’s no different than Abraham and his son. God didn’t tell him, ‘Go right up to the point where you might sacrifice him.’ He wanted him to be fully committed. We’re prepared to do what we’re called to do.”
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