It started with one man in Gainesville, Florida and now the horrible idea to burn a Quran has began to spread. Preachers in Tennessee and Kansas now to say they will burn a Quran on 9/11. This is a disgusting act by people who should know better. Preachers should be seeking a world of peace and demonstrating their love of God not through an act that is designed to provoke but through an act of love.
These men should be gathering other leaders from multiple faiths to denounce the Islamic extremist, rather than giving the image of being extremist themselves. In this nation we are a land of tolerance, tolerance doesn’t mean we must condone what others do but we don’t have to act like the people that we disagree with. The Bible teaches us to hate the sin and love the sinner, in this case we should not be trying to provoke the peaceful elements of Islam but should be embracing them to denounce those who use Islam for violence.
The people have the right to burn the Quran…but that does not mean that they should do it. Part of being a free people is the self exercise of restraint. Just because the government of Saudi Arabia has official policy to burn Bibles and destroy holy Christian objects doesn’t mean we should act the same way.
These preachers have decided to make a stand against Islam…thats fine but their actions could cause great damage to our nation, to our citizens and to our military.
The other part of this story should be clear…true leaders in the Islamic faith should being sending messages to the “Muslim World”. And that message is, “If these Quran burnings take place we will have an oppertunity to show the world that we are a people of peace, demonstrate and march but do not give into acts of violence.” Unfortunately almost no one will, especially almost no religious leaders in the “Muslim World”.
If the Quran is burned, this will be an oppertunity for the Muslim World to show that they are a people of peace.
Finally what I find to be the most disgusting part of all this is that these Preachers would dishonor the memories of the victims of 9/11 by using a tool of hate.