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Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Burn a Qu'ran day controversy


Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. has stated his intention to burn a Qur’an as an act of protest to commemorate September 11, 2001, a date in which 19 fundamentalist Islamic hijackers turned passenger planes into missiles exploding them into the World Trade Center in Manhattan. General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has responded to the scheduled protest by stating that the burning of a Qu’ran would incite violence that would endanger the lives of American men and women in uniform in Afghanistan. For this reason I call upon Pastor Jones to not burn the Qu’ran at this time. Yet this episode offers a unique learning moment for the western democracies.

In explaining his impending action, Pastor Jones stated "We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats." The burning of an American flag or the burning or the desecration of a Christian cross is a despicable act and the protesters should be condemned. Yet unlike those who would burn a Qur’an, those protesters need not worry that they will be beheaded. They know that American or Christian leaders would not sentence them to death nor would western leaders use the protest action to incite violence in the populace at large. And this is the basic point of Pastor Jones protest.

Islamic fundamentalists have been so successful in their international campaign of threats and terror that the world is now cowering in fear. The Islamists have successfully employed terror and the threat of terror to implement a worldwide cultural dictatorship. While libraries are filled with books and articles criticizing America and Christianity, and museums contain degrading images of Jesus such as “piss Christ“ which is an American taxpayer funded crucifix in a jar of urine or a portrait of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus made out of cow dung, which was on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, few dare to tread forward and criticize the founder of Islam or the doctrines contained in the Islamic holy books, the doctrines that were embraced by the September 11th Islamic terrorists. What more evidence is needed that the judeo-Christian west is tolerant while Islam is not?

Pastor Jones also makes the case that the Qu’ran is satanic and that “Islam is of the Devil.” Whether from a religious or from a secular perspective, a case that he is essentially correct in this assertion. Fortunately most Muslims, particularly most American Muslims are not strictly observant in terms of adhering to the literal doctrines of their faith. They have, fortunately, accepted westernized and secularized interpretations of their texts in terms of the meaning of Jihad, which most westernized Muslims take to mean personal improvement, or other concepts such as Sharia, Murtadd, or Apostacy, or Taquya or deception in a non Muslim country. Secularized Muslims ignore the anti-Semitism, homophobic, patricidal, and un-democratic aspects of their faith and this is to be applauded.

But at the same time much of the Islamic world continues to adhere to the literal meaning of their holy doctrine and it could be argued that, in that context, those doctrines are satanic. Even an atheist, if confronted with many of these doctrines in their full meaning, would conclude that they are evil. In this context, burning the Qur’an, or more appropriately exposing the doctrines of the Qur’an and other Islamic texts that are viewed by Muslims to be the irrefutable word of God, is as valid and, indeed, as urgent, as it was to expose the doctrines contained in Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler. To have exposed Mein Kampf to the light of day would have been no more anti-German than exposing the Qu’ran and the Islamic holy books to daylight would be anti Muslim. We are talking here about a doctrine that calls for the death of all non believers and we had better damn well understand that.

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