A US pastor who has organised a fund-raising book-burning event, says he is not "backing down" from plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11, despite international outrage.
Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Centre in Florida, intends to burn more than 10,000 copies of the Koran, the Islamic Holy book. Fans of Islam regard the Koran as the sacred word of God and consider any intentional damage or show of disrespect towards it as deeply offensive, and it's a fair bet that they won't be very pleased to see so many copies of it go up in smoke courtesy of Pastor Jones.
The group's plan has sparked condemnation from Muslim countries, Nato and the top US Afghan commander, but many others think it will be funny.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the plan "disgraceful", although she is a bit of a disgrace herself, isn't she?.
On Monday, General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, warned troops' lives would be in danger if the church went through with its bonfire. But, to be honest, troops' lives are constantly in danger, from the armies of the people who hold this 'sacred book' in such high regard. What difference will a few books make?
The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, called the idea "idiotic and dangerous". So was going to Afghanistan in the first place, Eric.
Pastor Jones said on Wednesday that his plan to burn the Korans is intended to draw attention to his belief that "something's wrong."
"It is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism," Mr Jones told reporters, later declining to actually go to the Taliban battlefields to confront it.
He acknowledged Gen Petraeus' concerns, but claimed to have been contacted by a special forces officer who told him US troops were almost totally supportive of his plan. The officer, Jerry Fruitcake, told him:
"Way to go, Pastor Terry! Burn those fucken towelhead books! Yiiiiihhhaaaa!"