As always everyone gets it wrong. Where Islam is concerned it seems everybody feels compelled to bend over as far as they can to accommodate this religion and the children that follow it. Witness the outcry over a small church that had the bright idea to burn a few Qu’rans. The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, says it will burn copies of the Qu’ran on this weekend’s ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in protest at what it calls “the evil of Islam.” This small congregation’s pastor, Terry Jones, has insisted the burning will go ahead as planned in spite of the enormous amount of protest that this little demonstration in free speech has generated.
“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.” – General David Petraeus”
Protests have already gone ahead in the Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, while Iran has warned that the burning could unleash an uncontrolled Muslim response.
Why has this expression of free speech generated so much attention? The ONLY news that should have EVER gotten attention is not “Burn a Qu’ran Day”, but the REACTION of Muslims threatening suicide bombings over this silly publicity stunt. This sort of thing happens all the time in the United States. As well it should. In a free society people will often express themselves in extreme ways. In this case Islam “doth protest too much.”
We see American flags burned routinely. Politicians and their images are often altered in obscene ways…and of course religious symbols are regularly assailed by insensitive public acts of disapproval. Worse still, we have endured the infamous “Piss Christ” exhibit where a crucifix was summarily submerged in a jar of piss and we were told that this was an elaborate artistic expression. And if burning Qu’rans is considered an expression of free speech who could not love Marilyn Manson’s desecration and destruction of a Bible as he coronates himself as the Antichrist Superstar?
Why does Islam have to be treated with kid gloves? Just because Muslims act like children by throwing tantrums doesn’t mean that the rest of us are obligated to accommodate them.
“This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who would be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities.” -President Barack Obama
Ahh, the ole’ recruitment tool argument again. This is what cowardly progressive types bring up whenever we dare to say or do anything that displeases our enemies. You know, things like invade Iraq, imprison terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, interrogate jihadists or publish Muhammad cartoons. I suppose whipping the Japanese in battle of Midway likewise increased enlistments in the imperial Japanese Navy but our ancestors didn’t seem to worry about that. They understood that they were fighting ALL the Japanese and not just the ones who show up on battlefields. We fight wars more “civilized” these days. That is why jihadists come to America posing as students and fly airplanes into our buildings. We still believe in the myth of a moderate Islam.
“People have a constitutional right to burn a Quran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation — much like building a mosque at ground zero.” -Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin at least recognizes that the building of a mosque at Ground Zero is indeed an act of provocation. As such it certainly is justified to burn a few Qu’rans as Terry Jones wants to do or even build Greg Gutfeld’s gay bar next door to the mosque as reciprocal acts of sensitive outreach.
The Dove World Outreach Center is an insignificant church of about 50 people. How impressive that by threatening burning some Qu’rans they could conceivably get a personal call from the President of The United States. Thats right, a personal call from the President of the United States. Pastor Terry Jones indicated he could be convinced to call off his burn a Qu’ran demonstration if he received a call from the White House. No need to worry. That call will come to pass. All Muslims have to do is throw a tantrum and we will appease them.
There is some worry amongst those in the White House that acceding to the Pastor’s request for a call from the President might legitimize him and further encourage other people to try outlandish stunts just to get presidential attention. Still, why should the President call at all? These type of things happen all the time. In a free society people are offended constantly…especially the religious. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. Once you designate one group of people as un-offendable, you legitimize their superiority. The last thing we should ever do is allow Muslims the illusion that we recognize their superiority over us.
This may have started out as relatively silly protest but now it has become bigger than the burning of a few Qu’rans. Pastor Terry Jones needs to finish what he started and President Obama needs to butt out of the issue entirely. If Muslims the world over feel the need to protest, then let them. If they attack us and ours…kill them. But we absolutely must not allow them to see us as weak and themselves as strong. Doing that guarantees more Muslim aggression…and there will be more.
When all is said and done I really like this story. It shows that a few motivated individuals can generate a huge amount of attention by shining a light on Islam. Islam and its followers do not accept criticism and their public threats and protests do a lot to destroy the Progressive Left’s myth of equality. All religions are not equal. The weak ones, the ones whose god is false, have to depend on their followers to get even. The real followers of the true God just sit back and enjoy the show…we know how it ends.