Heard some Christian minister was planning to set fire to a Muslim Holy Book, the Quran, to mark the anniversary of 9-11 this Saturday, September 11, 2010.
I seem to recall the last time an individual got notoriety at burning books was a God-fearing fellow named Hitler in Nazi Germany. I think it’s a shame that the media is giving so much exposure to such an act here in the United States. Yes, we do have Freedom of Speech and a Constitution — one I defended in Court and fought for while wearing a military uniform — that allows for such a public point of view.
But, does a voice need such megaphone to announce its hatred of someone with a different religion?
The best thing growing out of this ruckus is not only the liberal and moderate voices crying out against such an evil act. Most conservatives feel the way the great majority of Americans feel.
Appalled and a bit ashamed that a fellow countryman misses the point of “Love They Neighbor as Thyself.” It’s not a person’s religion that is causing one to harm another as we saw the day misdirected fundamentalists took down the Towers and part of the Pentagon building. It was individuals using their religion to wield havoc like this Bible-toting fellow plans to do in the name of Christ.
My son, Nicholas, tells me his Western Civilization class is discussing this event and are wondering if the pastor of that non-denominational church actually knows that he’ll be burning passages from his own Bible when he torches the holy writings? No, that would be like asking someone to put his faith above reason and “love one another” as suggested in the minister’s New Testament book.