Pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp are loathsome individuals to be sure. It’s one thing to hold a belief, to claim faith and ardently follow your heart and spirit through the religion you choose. But to purposely insult, demean and antagonize another set of beliefs is simply horrible.
Further, it’s inconsistent with the message of most mainline religions. As a Christian I practice patience, tolerance and love of my neighbors. Even my enemies. As such, even if, and I certainly don’t hold this belief, but even if those of another religion were my “enemy” I find consistency in the Lords commandment to “love thy enemy”.
To burn the most Holy Book of Islam is an insult that goes too far.
With that said, I am finding the inconsistency in response appalling.
In Christianity, there is no more Holy an individual that the Christ Jesus. An artist, with Federal money no less, crafted a “piece of artwork” that involved a bust of Christ submerged in urine. This gentle example of tolerance was “Ooo’ed and Awe’ed” by the artistic Left as artistic freedom.
Christian churches are desecrated, burned and vandalized all the time. There is nary a peep from the outraged “tolerant majority” regarding the gentle needs of the religious Christians suffering at the hands of the unclean.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Violent protests over the burning of a Koran in Florida flared for a second straight day, with young men rampaging through the streets of this southern capital, flying Taliban flags and wielding sticks.
Nine people were killed and 81 injured in the disturbances, all from bullet wounds, said Abdul Qayoum Pakhla, head of the provincial health department. One of the dead was a police officer. Kandahar has long been the heartland of the Taliban insurgency but has been relatively quiet in recent months since a surge of additional American troops arrived here.
The protests here came a day after a mob overran the headquarters of the United Nations in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing 12 people, 7 of them international staff members. The mob gathered after three mullahs at Friday Prayer urged action in response to the Koran burning by a pastor, Terry Jones, in Florida on March 20.
You simply don’t see organized Christianity reacting to insults and attacks in a manner that reflects the MOST intolerance you can demonstrate. If the idea that the burning of the Koran is showing disrespect and needs to be addressed, certainly the murder and torture of innocent people is an even MORE egregious act of intolerance?
SMITHFIELD — A mosque leader wants other religious leaders to join him in opposing Florida pastors who burned the Islamic holy book last month.
Ali said Christians and Jews should be offended by Jones’ act too. The Quran encompasses the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible as well as the teachings of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Muslims also believe in earlier prophets, from Adam to Abraham to Jesus. All appear in the Quran.
“In so many places, the word of Jesus Christ in there – how can you burn this book?” Ali said. “That’s not freedom of speech; that’s blasphemy and burning.”
If religious leaders don’t speak out against Jones and Sapp, Ali worries that others might follow their lead and burn the Quran. “Jones and Sapp must be excommunicated from the Christian faith and condemned by the churches all over the world,” Ali said.
As I mentioned above, he’s right; those Pastors are horrible examples of Christian love. But before I would expect to see him adamant in his protesting of that burning, I would expect him to call for restraint, compassion and tolerance from his own people; his own faithful. A call for further understand, further education and inter-faith fellowship would be more appropriate.
But I don’t see that. I don’t see him or any other massive movement for that matter, to condemn the Islamic attacks in nations such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and others throughout the region. I would be more understanding and supportive of the good doctor’s position if he and other Muslim leaders had shown an equal reaction to the insults and intolerance showed other religions in the name of his.