Tuesday, August 3, 2010

“International Burn a Koran Day”

Some group in Florida has decided "to honor the people killed on September 11th by setting fire to the Islamic religion's holy scripture" — Church To Burn Koran On September 11th.

"The Dove World Outreach Center," is not a "church" as the headline suggests, and is obviously of the modernist type who recoil at the word "church." (Islamic fundamentalism is of the same modernist mindset, but it was not Islamic fundamentalism that sparked the events of 9/11; rather, the attacks were blowback for American foreign policy, as the attackers clearly indicated, not an attempt to proselytize by the sword; we can choose to ignore this and repeat the "They-Hate-Us-For-Our-Freedoms" mantra or we can deal with the facts as they are.)

Of course, to the surprise of no one but perhaps the so-called "liberal," so-called "intelligentsia," cooler real American heads at the National Association of Evangelicals have condemned such counter-productive stupidity — Evangelicals Condemn Planned Qur'an Burning. And Catholics who have to coexist with Muslims, in India and Indonesia respectively, have condemned the stunt for what it is — Indian Catholics berate 9-11 protest stunt and Bishop begs US to stop planned Qur’an burning.

I agree with His Excellency that "[h]ostility is not the characteristic of Christians," but, as an American, have to disagree with his "calling on the US government to take firm action." Americans are free to burn whatever books they deem so fit for burning, but let us just pray it is the not the long-suffering Christians of Indonesia who have to pay for more Western moral-grandstanding. If you want to burn Korans, by all means do so, but do so within the privacy of your own homes, for prudential reasons.

My advice for the Dove World Outreach Center is to leave Florida and do some genuine "world outreach." Since you have the word "Dove" in your name, I suggest reading up on Saint Francis of Assisi, who had the cojones to go and preach to the Saracens — How St. Francis converted the Sultan...

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Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

Burning books -- any book -- is stupid, infantile, pointless...nuff said.

Anyone who thinks the Koran should be burned would make better use of their time by hosting an International Let's Hi-Lite All the Hateful Koranic Verses Day!

Everyone who cares to participate can just sit down with a copy of the Koran and a yellow hi-lighter -- better yet a pack of yellow hi-lighters, it's going to be a long day -- and go through the book, page after page, carefully hi-lighting all the Koranic verses that preach hatred for non-believers, call for aggression, violence and even murder of infidels (Jews, Christians, etc.), war against non-Muslims, and so on and so forth.

Believe me, your copy of the Koran is going to be so covered in hi-lighter. Of all the holy books in the world the Koran -- for some reason -- contains a lot more negativity (ex. advocating violence) than any of the others.

It's too bad, both for Muslims and for the rest of us.

12:43 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Abdul Alhazred writes : "Burning books -- any book -- is stupid, infantile, pointless...nuff said."

To the contrary, a good portion of the books in print would be better off burned to ashes, or better yet thrown in the trash since they don't burn well. Harmful books should only be read by those who capable of reading them without harm, which in turn means that few of the many harmful books in print should exist.

Harmful books are to the soul, what poison is to the flesh.

As for the Koran, the book on its own merit deserves no less than being thrown in the trash.

As for coexistence, the Dove World Outreach Center is not in Indonesia, and American's don't have a duty to committing even further societal suicide by letting a strange religion into its midst.

Let them practice their religion, but let them only do it hidden behind high walls.

Let us send missionaries into their lands to convert them, but let us not let them into ours, to poison our own minds.

To ignore the part Islam played in 9/11 is no different than those who ignore the part US foreign policy played.

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I agree about problematic books and wish they'd bring the Index back. I once turned down a job adapting one of Andre Gide's books for a Korean audience because it had been on the Index.

I also agree that we should keep out Muslims, but I don't really worry about them converting us.

"To ignore the part Islam played in 9/11 is no different than those who ignore the part US foreign policy played."

I'd say "the part Islam played in 9/11" is analogous to the part Christianity played in the War on Iraq. Bush, like bin Laden, was a religious visionary, but religion only spurred them on; in both cases, the motivations were geopolitical.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

I am beginning to think of Islam as a religion only in the sense that Nazism was a kind of religion.

Perhaps Nazism was a twisted messianic religion dressed up in militant-political drag -- whilst Islam is an aggressive militant-political movement disguised as a religion?

One can't ignore the similarities: the Bible of Nazism, Hitler's Mein Kampf, preached page after page of hatred and violence -- much like the Koran; Jews? Gotta hate 'em; Christianity? A religion for the weak, for slaves...

Hitler, born and raised a Catholic, came to despise Catholicism and the Vatican, and he admired Islam for all the predictable reasons.

Yet we're all supposed to pretend that Islam is a "religion of peace", the equal of any other spiritual tradition, deserving of the constitutional protections afforded other religions, and to ignore its core message -- as Islam's supposed call to love God, that God is great, is mostly drowned out by its call to Hate the Other.

1:10 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Hilaire Belloc said it best in his The Great Heresies, by describing the religion as a Chrsitian heresy -- The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

I'd rather participate in "Burn Osama bin Laden in effigy" day.

1:18 AM  

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