To Burn or Not to Burn- Special 9/11 Memorial Article

To Burn or Not to Burn– The Qur’an in America

By David G. McAfee

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                “The evil Muslim extremists hate our freedom, and the Qur’an is an instrument of terrorism.” These are the sentiments being echoed throughout the Bible Belt- and America as a whole. Since September 11, 2001, ignorance regarding Islam and its practices has taken a turn for the worse- spawning hate, discrimination, and intolerance among America’s Christian majority.

                Pastor Terry Jones, the creator of “Burn a ‘Koran’ Day”, claims that that if Jesus Christ were alive today- that he would, himself, burn the Qur’an because of its “evil and violent nature”. To me, I see the ultimate irony in a radically religious individual burning hundreds of Holy books of the world’s second most popular religion. The claim that the writings of the Qur’an are violent is the icing on the cake of double standards when you refer to the Christian Bible, and see very similar bronze-age writing condoning rape, murder, and even mass genocide.

                What does this man hope to accomplish? Jones claims that this mass book-burning is a mission from God and, short of a direct message from GOD, Pastor Terry Jones insists that nothing will stop his plans. Some condemn this event because of the potential backlash from offended Muslims (to be fair, Christians would be enormously offended to see a mass-burning of Bibles- or an image of Jesus being burned in effigy.) I, however, am less worried about backlash from Muslim populations, and more worried about where this might lead our nation if the Christian majority comes to condone such radically disrespectful acts of war against other religions. This act just furthers my original point (see A Brief Introduction to Christianity in America in Disproving Christianity: Refuting the World’s Most Followed Religion) that Christian fundamentalism leads to radicalism which has led to terrorism in the form the bombings of abortion clinics, formation of the Ku Klux Klan, and now a mass-burn of over two-hundred Holy Books of Islam.

                I do not support the spread or dominance of Islam, or any other religion. But I do believe in respecting human beings… and to treat an entire people (estimated to be around 1.5 billion followers of Islam) as if they are “evil” and “proponents of the devil” (as described by Jones) based on the actions of a few extremists is ridiculous. If everybody did that to the 2.5 billion Christians, we would have to treat a third of the world as if they are akin to Hitler, the KKK, and the executors of the Crusades and other Holy Wars. If we learn anything from this controversy, it is that all religions can lead to a radical, extremist element in which people believe that they can do harm to others- and those acts will be justified by a supernatural creator.

Quran - Burning

Quran - Burning


9 responses to “To Burn or Not to Burn- Special 9/11 Memorial Article

  1. i say let the muslims build their mosque whereever they want and let pastor jones burn the koran whenever he wants. that means really free speech for everyone. as long as no one gets physically harmed…

    • Terry Jones is an agitator. He is stirring up trouble and trouble WILL follow. Any fool can see that. The bible belt is declaring war and people are gonna get hurt. The muslims will hit back and then the xians will hit back and so on and so on.

      If the xians and muslims kill each other off the world will be a better place. I just hope that innocent Atheists don’t get hurt in the crossfire.

    • “free speech for everyone”

      That someone has a legal right to do something does not make it right to do it. An appeal to freedom of speech is a moral dodge. Terry Jones is wrong to burn the Quran; Imam Faisal is not wrong to build a community center intended to build bridges.

      “If the xians and muslims kill each other off the world will be a better place.”

      You’re a genocidal maniac.

  2. David, I propose that we mock all religions and the paranormal, those two twin superstitions that my friend Paul Kurtz call ‘ The Transcendental Temptation.” The how is the kicker!
    The Mo and Jesus cartoons are a good way.
    As a gnu atheist, I want to see others show up those religions and their founders and heroes as what they are or were- proponents of logicide and cults.We ought to let others know that had Aquinas, Calvin and Luther the means, they themselves would have scorched all Europe! We should tie in their evil with their beliefs in a proper fashion.
    Pope Ratz and Rev. Billy Crackers rank with Sylvia Brown[e] and van Praagh!
    Theology is mere dressed-up animism!

  3. It would be a crazy idea to burn Qu’rans. Moslems are so easily provoked! There would be riots and people would die- and what for?
    It is like disturbing a hornets nest! It wouldn’t just be Moslems and Christians in the crossfire. Violence doesn’t work like that.
    I understand however that this book burning is not going to go ahead. Let’s hope so.
    It would be the Islamic backlash that I would worry about! Moslems are more likely to take the deity’s laws into their own hands in this day and age than Christians. Most Christians leave the punishing up to God. Moslems do the punishing on behalf of Allah. That is what is so frightening about Islam.

  4. Burning of Quran does not make it vanish from this planet but it certainly raises question on Pastor’s integrity.How would we expect this pastor would guide Christians to heaven, when he intends to create hell for humanity. Have we ever thought of political linkages with 26/11. Does it have anything to do with Bush Policy of self aggrandizement.

  5. Is this a selective irony only zone? You group the entire bible belt and all Christians in America into a hate spewing intolerant group and then cite a media attention whore in Jones who leads a church of a whopping 50 people. I guess not grouping the extremists in with the mainstream doesn’t go both ways. You go on to write you fear where this “…might lead our nation if the Christian majority comes to condone such radically disrespectful acts of war against other religions.” What exactly would you call the cover and title of your book? Disrespectful perhaps?

  6. The third message from heaven…

    If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

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