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.
p.s. But I guess even Jesus said, while He was hanging from the cross, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”. They’re just not ready to see that Divine Light is within every one.
Your words create a glow inside of me when I read them a second and a third time. They resonate and ring a bell of truth inside:
I will meditate now with the taste of you on my lips, your words whispering in my ear, and your arms hugging my heart with Divine inspiration to guide me today!
hugging your heart in return
This is one of the issues that I have THE hardest time with!!! Instead of arming themselves with facts/education/information, persons like this are reacting out of ignorance and fear! I am a peaceful pacifist of a soul, but this kind of stuff is like using God’s name in vain, lies, hatred…oooh it makes me SO mad 😦
It really is “using God’s name in vain,” isn’t it? Never quite looked at it that way until now.
You are one astute Spirit, Spirit Soul (aka Maggie B)!
The idea of any book, even a subversive “bad” book being burned makes me shake with fear and horror. Why is it so hard for people to get along? Fear.
Fear of the unknown. Fear of admitting they may just be wrong in holding to fixed ideas that prove more hurtful than helpful. Fear. It creates horror.
Thank you Michael.
It needed to be said. (again)
Love n’ stuff,
I wish Love could seep through the cracks of everyone afraid of something different or foreign. They’d see that it’s the same color and make of blood, with no nationality or religion. All generated by a Creator who wants no more from us than to share his unconditional Love as brothers and sisters.