Islam is peace. It’s a mantra we have had drummed into us over and over by the mainstream media and the political class since 9/11. On Saturday, one Florida man is going to try to find out just how true that message is.
The planned protest by the reverend of the Dove World Outreach Center calls for a day of burning the Quran, the Muslim holy book, in protest for terrorism conducted throughout the world in the name of Islam.
As news of the protest spread, strange allies were made between those on the Left and the Right who were quick to condemn the protest as divisive and hateful. General David Petraeus, architect of the surge strategy that helped bring an end to combat in Iraq, has stated that the protest would endanger US troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. One could argue that Petraeus’s rules of engagement have endangered far more troops than Quran burning ever could, but that is a whole other issue.
While the act of burning the Quran is certainly a demonstration of just how provocative the exercise of free speech can be, it can also serve as a learning tool for Americans and other Westerners. Because, if and when this protest is carried out Muslims can respond in one of two ways.
They can respond peacefully, by praying to Allah for the forgiveness of this man’s ignorance and his sins against God, or as many believe will be the case, they can react violently, calling for Jihad and the assassination of this reverend, and use it as a tool to incite more violence against the West.
Islam is peace. How Muslims react on Saturday will give us all the opportunity to learn just how true that is.