Utah Savage posted some U-Tube video about "Burn the Quran" day that will be held on the upcoming ninth anniversary of 9/11. I don't blame her for me being wound up. Hell, I bet she's wound up also.
Seems Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida is inviting everyone to come by for a good ole book burning in a few days. While this public display of religious stupidity is one thing, I wanted to know what rationale this man of the cloth was using to justify burning another religion's book of holy words. Was it just to piss a billion Muslims off? Or did he have a logical and convincing argument that might make me want to buy a plane ticket to Florida?
So I visited his web site. Very slick, hip, it has all the spiffy gadgets. The site does a wonderful job of focusing on all the current hotbed issues every Christian should be worrying about. Homosexuality, Abortion, and of course the Muslims. According to what I left with, we take care of these three things and God will love us again. I will have to say, unlike his cohort in arms, the gay bashing Rev. Phelps, at least the Rev Jones is not a one trick pony. He is able to juggle three evils at one time. Right on Rev!
I noticed in a sidebar some links to pages that offered up the logic for hating and defeating Islam. Obviously, the Rev and his flock have not yet made it past the Old Testament. The ten reasons lose their logic before the first one runs out. And by reason # 9, I was laughing so hard I almost........well I found his reasoning a tad humorous.
Reason Number Nine (to burn the Quran)
"Deep in the Islamic teaching and culture is the irrational fear and loathing of the West."
Okay Rev. if any Muslim is hitting your website or listening to your radio show, maybe their fear is not so irrational. Certainly no less irrational than your fear of them.
And as if Ten reasons to burn the Quran was not enough, he has supplied us with an addendum of five more reasons to burn the Quran. That makes 15 reasons to burn the Quran. I tell you what, if he comes up with another 5 or 6, he might just convince me.
A deeply or at least honestly faithful internet buddy from Canada often reminds me that the lunatic fringe of the Christian side of things does not speak for all Christians. Christ, I know that. He knows I know that. Yet, it seems the good Christians need to remind me they are made of more reasonable and tolerant stuff. And I also know that the extremists of Islam do not speak for all Muslims. Most are peace loving just want to get on with their lives in their own way type average joes.
Yet all of them in both religions put up with having their image sullied and smeared by losers from within their own folds. They offer up weak and timid protests when one of their own steps across obvious sanity lines. They look embarrassed, but do nothing to try to squelch or out shout their in house lunatics. In current hip addiction circles, this would be considered a type of enabling.
If either religion wants heathens like me to take them seriously or show them more respect, they need to step up and clean up their own mess. Religion is the worst thing to fight over. Yet it seems to be one of the most used and abused excuses we humans come up with time and time again. Don't talk to me about how much Jesus loves us all. Don't try to convince me Allah is great. Not as long as you allow the violently prone fringes of your own religions to control your message.
And to Rev Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida - burning the Quran is about as stupid and useless a gesture as came down the pike. That is of course unless your plan was to damage our efforts overseas. Sir, you are a moron. A dangerous moron.