Monday, 13 September 2010

One More Word on Koran Burning

From Here...
...we wouldn’t be fretting like this if there weren’t something very special about Islam. You could announce plans to burn a stack of Bibles, or the Bhagavad-Gita, or the Dhammapada, or the Book of Mormon, or Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, or a truckload of copies of The Watchtower, or any other non-Muslim religious text without making the White House and Pentagon call emergency meetings and put embassies around the world on alert.

...in recent years Muslims around the world have burned countless American flags, not to mention the flags of pretty much every other Western democracy. Since 9/11, we’ve grown used to seeing the revered symbols of Western democratic values routinely desecrated in the Muslim world.

And we’ve also grown used to the fact this is most assuredly not a two-way street. American flags can be burned by the hundreds, by huge crowds, in the major squares of Muslim capitals, and that’s apparently hunky-dory with us. But when a guy in Gainesville whom nobody ever heard of decides to burn a few Korans, everybody from the president on down begs him to reconsider. Obama to the contrary, this isn’t about “our values as Americans”; it’s not about “freedom and religious tolerance.” It’s about fear. Nine years after jihadists murdered 2,977 people on American soil, the sight of American leaders quaking in their boots at the thought of some clown’s offending the Muslim world is nothing less than obscene.

The Imam intending to build the mosque near ground zero was on Larry King Live last night. He sounded quite reasonable and moderate. Among the comments at the site referenced above is one defending most Muslims as moderate people. Well I would like these moderates to stand up BOLDLY and condemn directly and without equivocation, all acts of violence and terrorism committed in the name of their god or their religion. Until they do, they cannot be taken seriously.

'Nuff said.

Take Care

5 comments:

Warren said...

And how many average Christians in the pew are standing up BOLDLY and condemning directly and without equivocation Terry Jones? I didn't hear a word about him at church yesterday. I don't think your demand is reasonable. By definition (mine anyway), a moderate person isn't someone who makes the sort of denouncement that you require.

I just don't understand where all the anger is coming from - on either side.

John K said...

First of all, there is a difference between burning a Koran and murdering through acts of terrorism. And I believe there were plenty of voices, across the Christian spectrum, condemning, or at least criticizing Jones and his plan.
Second, I don't expect every Muslim to speak out, but certainly those who call themselves moderates (meaning, by [my] definition, they don't believe in using violence or terrorism in the name of their religion) and who have a platform to be heard should do so. Until they do make themselves and their, "moderate" position plainly heard, their credibility suffers, IMO.

Warren said...

First of all, there is a difference between burning a Koran and murdering through acts of terrorism.

As viewed through earthly eyes, and in light of our western legal system, I agree with this statement. As God sees the heart, I am less confident.

I understand why many people feel threatened and believe it is important to keep hammering away on this topic. That said, rather than chase after the same agenda as the secular world, it would be nice to see the Christian community spend more time soul searching about how we can be salt and light, and love neighbours who are in darkness and desperately need the gospel. No one wants to live under the threat of violence, but, if we keep in mind that we are, first of all, citizens of God's kingdom, we do not need to fear the forces at work in the kingdom of man. Those powers can only threaten the body - not the soul.

John K said...

In many ways I agree with you, Warren. But I know it is easy to let emotion creep into these things. I am just frustrated by the hypocrisy in this whole area.

God and Jesus, throughout Scripture, seem very concerned with the mistreatment of the innocent. God hates hands that shed innocent blood. Islamic radicals are guilty, I would say, on both these counts, murdering entire Chrsitian families, while their bombs kill indiscriminately. And the politically correct seem hesitant to address the truth. They do not seem consistent in their condemnation.

My whole point is that I believe they are acting out of fear, not some high ideal of tolerance.

Would Obama, Clinton, Harper et al have been so vocal over an offense to any other faith? I think not!

David said...

That said, rather than chase after the same agenda as the secular world, it would be nice to see the Christian community spend more time soul searching about how we can be salt and light, and love neighbours who are in darkness and desperately need the gospel.

I think that is a good point. The trick is, though, that we - even as Christians - are citizens of two worlds: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. While the former is undoubtedly more important for Christians, the latter should not be ignored, so some "hammering" is in order.