Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you. - Yoda
For almost a month a pastor in Florida has been threatening to burn the Quran in remembrance of 9/11 and with the sole purpose of pissing Muslims off.
Now, let's get something straight here. Just because this pastor is a bigoted and hateful fucktard, it doesn't mean he is not a Christian. He believes in God and recognizes Jesus as his savior, and all the hateful things he does are done in the name of God. Under that category also falls his signs against the openly gay major.
Very, very christian attitude
Now, while I oppose to this burning, I certainly recognize that this pastor has the right to do so. As far as I know, there is nothing that prohibits him from burning books. It makes him an astronomical level asshole, but just that. Exactly like the people who want to build the so-called mosque near Ground Zero. Of course, there might be laws against burning big stuff in the open, or maybe against burning something with ink, but I haven't heard of that so far.
By now you must be thinking, what is the difference between opposing a Christian pastor to burn the Quran, and opposing the Muslim community building their community center near Ground Zero?
The burning of the Quran is meant to offend all muslims for something few did. It's a similar case when muslim extremists pretend to wage war against all Americans, or all Western society in response to the American occupation in their countries.
It's even similar to protest trade agreements or immigration laws by burning the American flags. Those who do that hold innocent people responsible for the acts of others. Which is bullshit. The have the right to do it, but it is still bullshit.
On the other hand the islamic community center is not aimed to offend anyone. There are some who get offended, but their reason to do so is that they consider all muslims responsible of what happened in 9/11. That's just a stereotype, fueled by fear, anger, hatred and that -as Yoda says - leads to suffering.
Fortunately, the bullshit has stopped and common sense has won. After Obama asked the pastor to stop this plan, he did it, and agreed to meet with the Imam who is behind the construction of the 9/11 center. I have no idea of how that dialogue will end, but any dialogue is a good start.
And here is another thing I like to point out. When the announce was made, there were many who came out to say "Thank God!". Interestingly, it was because of God that this pastor was doing all this. I said this and received a response saying that "Well, God knew all this was going to happen before we did"
Under that reasoning, then God also knew of 9/11, and did nothing to stop it. What a dick.
I won't be saying "Thank God" regarding this case. If there is anyone to thank for this, that one is Obama.
It feels good to have a president with such common sense. If the Muslim fanatics want to be violent enough to hold all of us responsible for what we did, let them be. We will support our measures to prevent that. But that doesn't mean we are going to behave in the same way as they do. I still think that in the United States we are not that retarded.
“If he’s listening, I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans,” Mr. Obama said in an interview shown Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” referring to to Mr. Jones.
“As a practical matter, as commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan,” the president said.
I have a Quran and a Bible at home. I would never burn them. On the contrary, I read them and conclude once and again of how stupid religion can be.