Thursday, September 9, 2010
Up In Flames: I Thought Doves Stood for Peace
It sounds like something George Carlin might use in a comedy act to illustrate the idea of irony. The Dove World Outreach Center, led by bigot..er...pastor Terry Jones, is planning on doing some book burning on Saturday, but that book burning won't be the typical extreme Christian book burning targets: it will be the Muslim holy book, the Quran.
How completely ironic is it that a congregation named for the international sign of peace (the dove) doing something completely and very un-peaceful. It's not only ironic, it's absurd.
The stated purpose Jones hides behind in this action is that age old junk, "They do it, so we should do it." WRONG. This sort of thing should never happen in America where we celebrate religious freedom as much as we celebrate freedom of speech. When people point out that the Bible is burned around the world, your answer should be, "So what?"
It's also sort of ironic that the First Amendment protects Jones and his congregation's right to burn the Quran, but it also protects the rights of Muslims to practice their religion.
The Dove World Outreach Center's planned actions on 9/11/2010 completely defile the memory of the Muslim victims on 9/11/2001 as well as the deeper meaning of that date in American history. Yes, we did get attacked by extremists that day, but, in the days after, our country came together like it had not come together, arguably, in history.
Thank goodness people are speaking out against the Dove World Outreach Center's plans from the White House to General David Petraeus to 9/11 families to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Vatican. Still, as Slate reports, many Republicans have been so far silent on the issue.
I hope that one small Gainesville, Florida's Holy War of hatred does not spark something even worse. And, to the Muslims who read this blog, I stand with you in opposition to the Dove World Outreach Center's planned actions. I plead for all parties to ignore this potentially explosive action and chalk it up to a very disturbed pastor leading a very lost flock.