Lufkin clergy, residents against burning the Koran

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Florida pastor's open invitation to join a Koran burning isn't just creating a stir among Muslims.

Many East Texas Christian we talked to say, you wont see them RSVP.

"I think he's stirring up a lot of controversy and as man of God, I don't think he's adhering to his own principles," Lynn Sitterding said.

"I am a Christian," Charity Tucker said. "I go to church, but I believe in God's love, and as a Christian we should show God's love to everyone."

There are folks who are on board.

"I think it's all right," Paul Scruggs said. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth for what they did to us. We oughta do something to them."

That's the sentiment shared by protestors of the Ground Zero mosque and Islamic movements across the country.

Lufkin Pastor David Hunt says that's not what the Bible teaches.

"Jesus Christ did not ask for an eye for an eye," Hunt said. "Jesus Christ said turn the other cheek."

The youth pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church makes an intriguing point. He says this is a small church in Gainesville, Florida, but their extreme tactics have given them a loud voice in the media.

"That's the scary thing about it," Keith Nash said. "Just by the simple actions of a few, that they're really going to have such a negative impact in the name of Christ."

They say it only takes seconds for video to hit the Web and potentially into the hands of those fighting against America.

"The people are just absolutely nuts," Sitterding said. "I mean they can't be people of God. They cannot believe what the Bible teaches and spout nonsense like that."

"Hopefully they'll think about that," Nash said. "They'll think about the dangers it might put our troops in."

Both pastors say protestors should show the same type of respect to the Koran, as they would the Christian Bible.

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