Thoughts on Florida Pastor Planning to Burn Qur'an

on Sep 09, 2010 @ 10:53 am

Surely most of us have heard by now about the extremist pastor in Florida planning to burn the Qur'an to "commemorate" 9/11.

As of 2000, Muslims represent 20% of the world's population.  So this isn't just an attack on a small group of extremist Muslims involved in 9/11, this would actually be a direct attack on what is probably by now well over 20% of the world's population - including Muslims living in the USA!!  It's absurd! 

This will only position other Muslim countries against the US (there have already been uproars in Indonesia and Pakistan), and as President Obama said, will very likely put all troops in Afghanistan at a greater risk.

To me, this sounds like an American man who thinks he is invincible for the sheer fact that he lives in a free country.  And it seems that he may be doing it more for the fame and attention it has attracted than anything else.

Anyone up for a debate? (Let's keep it clean though!)


3 Replies

Horrible on Sep 09, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

I think it's nothing less than bigotry and intolerance. Americans do feel 9/11's events keenly and there are still raw feelings on the subject. However, most reasonable people can differentiate between the acts of a radical few and the moderate mainstream.

His actions are protected under the 1st amendment (Freedom of Speech) as this event will take place on private property using privately owned Qur'ans. As infuriating as his actions may be, he has a right to them just as - constitutionally speaking - the Muslim/interfaith center has a right to build near Ground Zero. (On that topic, I happen to think that while they are permitted to build there, they probably should not. It's just too soon.)

This book burning may well lead to troubles for the West and American military abroad. I think though too, it will lead to sensible people waking up to the state of hatred that exists and seek to distance themselves from all acts of extremism.

That's my hope, anyway.

Sensitive subject.... on Sep 09, 2010 @ 01:44 pm

9/11 is a very sensitive subject in the states and I expect it will be forever. What happened there was just awful and should never be forgotten.

Although this pastor has rights under the Free Speech amendment, his 'delivery' is all wrong. Attacking a book that is sacred to all Muslim people won't solve anything. It's the small minority of volatile people that were responsible for this....and they have let it be known. The pastor would be better served dealing with the people directly responsible! Jesus would not condone his behavior at all!

As far as the Muslim/Interfaith Center being built near 9/11...I read an article (rumor) that the people wanting to build that did NOT choose that site. The article also said that Congress was somehow involved in choosing the prospective site (but didn't go into specifics-of course). Kind of makes you wonder what the motives really are and who is really pulling the strings......

Ali de Bold
Not the right way to make a statement on Sep 09, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

It will certainly get attention, but most likely in the form of hate mail. I don't think a public demonstration against a religion will solve anything.

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