Thursday, September 9, 2010

What Americans Can Learn from Burning the Quran


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.


James said...

Looks like the religion of peace is already responding just as one would expect from peace loving peoples.

"Hundreds of angry Afghans burned an American flag and chanted "Death to the Christians" on Thursday to protest plans by a small American church to torch copies of the Muslim holy book...

Abdul Hadi Rostaqi, a cleric council in Afghanistan's largely peaceful Balkh province, also said Thursday that, if the burning goes ahead, "a big protest will be held" in the provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif next Monday. Protesters would hurl stones at NATO-led troops stationed in the city...

There are also fears of a backlash against Christians in predominantly Muslim countries. Canon Andrew White, the chaplain of an Anglican church in Baghdad, said the Iraqi military had warned him that his church had been threatened.

Security was beefed up around the Church of Virgin Mary in central Baghdad on Thursday, with military vehicles blocking the entrance to the church and more soldiers were deployed to guard it."

Anonymous said...

Nice post. You are correct this pastor is setting up a teachable moment. I would expect a devout Christian to pray for and forgive a Bible burner. So is it wrong to think the same of a moslem? Evidently our leaders don't think so. They appear very worried that this will cause violence around the world and make it unsafe for our soldiers.

Doesn't our support for Israel make our soldiers unsafe?

Didn't the publishing of the Abu Ghraib photos make it unsafe for our soldiers?

Doesn't trying to force a government upon muslims make it unsafe for our soldiers?

Maybe if our leaders where as vehemently opposed to the above as they are to the Pastor, we would not be in our current predicament.