APn 10/26 0816 BRF--Book Burning Copyright, 1990. The Associated Press. All rights reserve
APn 10/26 0816 BRF--Book Burning
Copyright, 1990. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A church plans to burn books by Moslems and Jehovah's
Witnesses along with pornography and "satanic paraphernalia" on Saturday in what
the church's pastor hopes will become an annual event.
"Our purpose is to rid our city -- and throughout the years we'll continue to
rid our city -- of more satanic paraphernalia, and then we believe the Holy
Spirit will have a greater freedom to flow," the Rev. Donovan Larkins, founder
of the non-denominational Victory Bible Church, said Thursday.
The church distributed fliers in several neighborhoods this week inviting
people to bring in books by Moslems and Jehovah's Witnesses; books on New Age
religions, witchcraft, yoga, transcendental meditation and Christian Science;
horoscopes; playing cards; and "secular albums, tapes and bumper stickers."
Larkins said he doesn't care if his bonfire offends everyone in the city.
"What God says is what's important to me," he said.
He suggested that anyone who wonders why items from other religions were
chosen should "come to our church ... so that we can expound to them the
unadulterated word of God."
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