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Quran not burned in Amarillo city park

"It's a great dishonor to desecrate the scriptures of any religious tradition," said Minister David Green with the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church. "It's a great dishonor to desecrate the scriptures of any religious tradition," said Minister David Green with the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.
"I snook up behind him and took his Quran.  He said something about burning the Quran.  I said 'dude you have no Quran' and ran off," Jacob Isom tells NewsChannel 10. "I snook up behind him and took his Quran. He said something about burning the Quran. I said 'dude you have no Quran' and ran off," Jacob Isom tells NewsChannel 10.

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NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - A planned Quran burning in an Amarillo city park did not happen.

Unified chants of protesters resonated through the air at Sam Houston park Saturday afternoon. Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Atheists, all with different beliefs, but Saturday, one common belief brought them together.

"It's a great dishonor to desecrate the scriptures of any religious tradition." said Minister David Green with the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.

David Grisham, the leader of an area radical Christian group attempted to publicly set fire to the Islamic Holy book.

"I snook up behind him and took his Quran.  He said something about burning the Quran.  I said 'dude you have no Quran' and ran off," Jacob Isom tells NewsChannel 10.

The 23 year-old says he is an Atheist and will not follow any spiritual guidelines written down in a book.  However, he does believe in religious freedom. According to Isom, Grisham should focus on a different message.

" I don't know anyone who has been invited to church by him.  I thought that's what Christians were supposed to do, go out and have people become Christian. They don't , they just try to fight with people. They give Christians a bad name."

Many called Isom a hero after he took the Quran already dowsed with kerosene off a park grill.

"Some people put their hands on the grill that he had saturated the book on to keep him from burning.  They were willing to sacrifice their selves." Said a thankful John Miller with the Islamic Center of Amarillo.

"God has a way of intervening when he wants to bring good from bad. So  this is a positive thing in light of September 11th and the feelings that are going on around the world."

David Grisham tells NewsChannel 10, he chose to leave the park before things got out of hand. He does not plan on pressing charges against Jacob Isom for taking the Quran.