I am fascinated by all the uproar over this pastor in Florida who announced plans to burn some Korans on Saturday, the anniversary of 9-11. Yes, apparently after pressure from the media, General Petraeus, our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, ex-President Clinton, Franklyn Graham, the FBI and President Obama, he has agreed to abort his burning, allegedly because he was promised the proposed mosque in NY would be moved. But to me the man himself is nothing compared with what his threat has revealed not about Islam, but about Americans. Or at least those of our new Ruling Class.
Does nobody in any position of authority or power in this country see anything wrong with the fact that because some little known guy in a small town in America is going to burn some Korans the entire Muslim world is now having a cow, demanding we forbid this desecration of their holy book … or else they are going to exact violent retribution? ?
The media implies that because Muslims think their Koran is from God, then we all have to. But what if we don’t? In fact, I don’t. I think the Bible is the only book that’s actually the word of God. And if others want to burn it, I don’t have a problem with that. They are using their volition to reject truth and God can handle it. He’s not intimidated by any of it. His Word goes on, despite the antagonism of unbelievers. He will not only preserve it despite their attempts to destroy it, He will use their wrath to bring praise to Himself!
“We can do nothing against the truth but only for the truth.” 2 Co 13:8
“For the wrath of man shall praise you…” Ps 76:10
And given that, just for a bit of contrast… in May 2009 Bibles translated into the local languages of Afghanistan were sent by an American church to soldiers at Bagram AFB, Afghanistan, presumably to pass out to Afghani’s. They were confiscated because military regulations forbid any attempt at evangelizing the natives, which the church didn’t know and apparently some of the soldiers didn’t either. In any case, they were confiscated by military officials and… burned. Article here.
Muslims burn our flag, burn effigies of our presidents, kill people because they are Christians (in fact at one of the cow-having sessions, they chanted “Death to Christians.”) and I’m sure they’ve burned their share of Bibles.
People use the name of Jesus Christ as a pejorative all the time — as well as indulge in other demonstrations of complete disrespect and even hatred and disgust toward Him — and there are no riots, no chantings, no death threats. But make a cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and you are anathema, excoriated on the world theater and threatened with death. Threaten to burn a few hundred Korans and ditto.
The media gasp and wring their hands. “Do you know what that Pastor said?? He said Islam is of the devil, and Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life. Oh! Horrible! How hateful!” The ABC reporter I watched seemed absolutely aghast. So I’m wondering… where is all this vaunted tolerance the left is forever promoting? If the guy wants to burn some Korans in what amounts to his backyard, what’s the big deal? Why does anyone even have to know about it? If they are so tolerant, why do they react in shock and horror and severe disapproval for Christians who say they’re the only ones who have the truth, even as they bend over backwards to tolerate muslims who say the same thing (ie, only they have the truth) and, if possible, back it up by killing anyone who disagrees with them.
And then today, tying in with my last post on Echelon, it turns out the Gainesville church has a website that provides information and the preachings of its pastor which was just shut down by its Internet host. According to a report on AFP…
“GAINESVILLE, Florida — The small Florida church that has sparked global outrage with its plan to hold a Koran-burning event had its website pulled from the Internet on Thursday by its host.
Dan Goodgame, a spokesman for the San Antonio, Texas-based web hosting firm Rackspace, told AFP the evangelical Dove World Outreach Center church had, “violated the Offensive Content section of its Acceptable Use policy.”
The policy forbids content or links to material that is “excessively violent, incites violence, threatens violence, or contains harassing content or hate speech; and creates a risk to a person’s safety or health, creates a risk to public safety or health, compromises national security, or interferes with an investigation by law enforcement.”
By the way they are applying this, my church at gbible.org could also be seen as violating the offensive content section of an acceptable use policy, especially when back in 2001 my pastor did a series on the Arab-Israeli conflict that included direct quotations from the Koran showing exactly what it preached.
Whether he intended this or not, I think Terry Jones is making a very good point. When he, small as he is, cannot burn a few Korans without out the whole world throwing a tizzy — “Oh, no! the muslims are going to react. They might riot, they might kill people. They will hurt our soldiers. This will make them really mad…”
Helloo? They’re already mad, they’re already hurting our soldiers and killing people. They already think we’re the Great Satan, so… we’re going to quiver in fear because of their threats? Over something as petty as all of this?
In fact, the FBI is concerned because already there have been reactions from home grown terrorists vowing retribution. But then again, they are concerned on a daily basis about terrorist attacks, not because of cartoons, or some guy burning Korans but because they already hate us because we aren’t them. We are wicked and degenerate and evil in their sight. We need to be converted or killed…that’s their agenda.
So it really doesn’t matter what the spark is, the fire is already smouldering and has been for a while. And furthermore, every time we do something they don’t like or don’t do what they want us to do (as with the Cordoba House Mosque project) they threaten us with “oh no, the terrorists will be upset. We don’t know how they’re going to retaliate…”
Isn’t that extortion? And appeasement and wimpiness in the extreme on our part?
Whether Terry Jones ever actually burns any Korans, he has made it clear just what sort of religion we are up against. One that freely admits its purpose is to make everyone on earth submissive to it, that kills and persecutes people of other faiths in all the countries where it has power and wants to someday do the same in the countries where it doesn’t. Jones agrees what he’s doing is provocative, but I believe it’s not so much the muslims he wishes to provoke, but us. Because, says he, “If we don’t [burn these Korans], when do we stop backing down?”
Addendum: Rush has a lot to say on this and the mosque issue, along with what I think was a hilarious conversation with a completely clueless caller about the Koran burning thing HERE.
Rush was masterful in the way he handled it. Afterward he noted that there was never a country called Palestine, that after WWII the British owned (by way of victory in combat) what was at the time called Transjordan. They gave the land to the Jews. However, if there never was a country with the name of Palestine, there was a Roman province of that name — the former province of Judea, renamed after the Bar Kokhba rebellion of 136 AD when the emperor got ticked off with the Jews who just wouldn’t stop trying to take back Jerusalem (even after it had been razed in 70 AD) and banned them from entering the city at all. He also renamed the province “Palestine” after their old enemies the Philistines. All of this several hundred years before Mohammed had his Visitation.
Which I think is a rather cool irony in present times.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin’s column on The Eternal Flame of Muslim Outrage provides a list and retrospective of all the things that have sparked outbursts of Muslim Outrage: underwear, sneakers, teddy bears, dresses, fast food snack packaging, cartoons, religious frescos and even beauty pageants.
ALSO: Flashback to 2007 when Muslims destroyed crosses and Bibles and an entire church. Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives…
Great points, Karen!
Once again you have put into words the truth about this whole farse. I too have been stunned by how the powers that be have responded. Sad that our great nation’s leaders with their political correctness and tolerance have taken us to a new low. If you love Me … If you are Mine… You will suffer for My name’s sake. As the Lord Jesus Christ stated … Some things will never change!
I agree with every single thing you have said Karen. There is a double standard basically it’s “anything and any religion except Jews or Christians,” of course. It’s double jeopardy if you happen to be American and perhaps European also. However, two wrongs never make a right and even though they are evil regardless of anyone inciting anything, to me it won’t do or prove anything about the true underlying motives of Islam.
But once again our fearful leaders in their begging and desperate emotional state have forgotten to protect everyone’s rights. They have shown their cowardly hands and unwillingness to stand up for what is right and protect our nation’s sovereignty. It always amazes me how people state the Bible justifies violence – mostly these are people who really never bothered to read the Bible in the first place and are basing it on hearsay (I know this as I’ve called some out on that). Yes there were wars in the Bible and God told the Jews to kill their enemies and they were allowed to protect the sovereignty of their nation.
There is no where in the Holy Bible (Old nor New Testament) that says murdering promotes salvation nor spirituality. In fact one of the 10 commandments says you may not murder – which we know is different from killing in defense of nation, family, etc. Radical Islam is murdering people in the name of Allah and their Jihad. Where are their commandments and social mandates about live and let live? Where is their god’s grace or mercy? I know of no other (hate this word – lol) religion whose god died as a substitute for their sins and all one had to do was have faith in him and they were promised eternal life, do you?
Now, I have read excerpts of the Quaran – not in its entirety – but moreover have researched former Islamists statements about the verses that spell it out – that in order to reach that high level of spirituality you must either convert or kill – period. They also are permitted to lie so it’s a moot point asking them if this is what the Quaran infers – right?! Again, I am glad this minister changed his mind and yes, they burned American flags ahead of this ever happening and our socialistic leaders give them a pass and protect their free will rights. But a right thing must be done in a right way to be right – and quite frankly there’s not a whole heck of a lot of that going on these days, eh?
Excellent, masterful, and so poignant! I’m putting this on Facebook.
Karen you are right on. I’ve said this, too, if someone were burning Holy Bibles, no one would bat an eyelash, but a koran, call out the PC gang and let’s have a wailing and nashing of teeth over it.
Okay – since we are talking about this and tomorrow is 9/11 if it’s okay with you I’d like to commemorate it with a poem I penned years ago. Of course it is speculative in the sense that we don’t know all of the discourse that went on – though some was reported by the families. This is in honor of ALL American heroes – the ones abroad and the ones here at home.
Ode to Flight 93
I checked in with my bags
At the curbside today
Kissed my wife goodbye
And then went on my way
I boarded the plane
With plans for tomorrow
Anticipation of my destination
And few thoughts of sorrow
As the plane ascended they suddenly appeared
The evil men from afar
With small knives of plastic
And faces covered from ear to ear
Their eyes glared coldly as black as tar
With brute force and intimidation
These faceless cowards took over the plane
Couldn’t understand what they were saying
Didn’t even know one of their names
Then my cell phone rang
It was my young wife’s voice
She informed me of the prior terrorist acts
I knew I had but one choice
My life would be ended on this earth soon
That was for sure
But there were just a few of them
And we passengers so many more
So myself and other patriotic passengers
Took hold of these ruthless men
We began to fight very hard
And we fought to the end
You see I knew I‘d be with the Lord
Therefore, did not fear the doom
However, all of those innocent civilians
They should not die this soon
So we courageously fought our way to the front of the plane
Bringing it down in the fields of Pennsylvania
Crashing to the earth with a bang
I don’t know about you
But I do know about me…………..
I died an American hero on Flight 93.
Point taken that this incident once again brings to light the sway Islam has over the world and our nation in particular–a dangerous sway, at that. But I do have a problem with a person claiming to be a Christian going out of their way to do something that I would say is un-Christlike. Would Jesus really waste his time and his day burning a bunch of Qurans to make a statement? Yes, he called Pharisees white-washed sepulchers and threw over money tables in the temple, but the pharisees and money-changers in the temple were ones who were claiming to be children of Abraham and following the “true Law.” Islam claims to be the true and only religion, but is it the same type of comparison? I’d say there’s more comparison between the relationship between the Jews and Samaritans of Jesus’ day. The Samaritans had an “alternate” religion with Abraham as their father, and were fiercely antagonistic to the Jews (and vice versa). And yet the encounters Jesus has with them are filled with compassion: the woman at the well, the story of the good Samaritan, the ten lepers….
I’m not saying that I have the final answer here–I’m just throwing out another perspective. It seems to me that the main result of this pastor’s proposed action is that the world says, “THAT’S what Christianity really is–burning anything they disagree with.” And so they miss the whole point of the controversy that Christ himself created in actively loving (agapeo) his enemies …. The world can’t understand that concept. But they miss the chance of having to deal with it when they can jump on the bandwagon of anti-Christian propaganda.