So I am sure that by now, you have heard about the whack job out in Florida who plans on burning copies of the Koran on September 11th. Many Christian leaders, Army Generals, and media representatives have railed against this nut, pleading with him not to insult the Muslims with this action. It is simply ridiculous to do such a thing, and this guy needs therapy, or at the very least a small island where this congregation can live alone and not intentionally incite a riot. Many Christians believe that loving Muslims is the answer, which when emulating a life of Christ, that is certainly the answer, so many have expressed that concept in their rebuke of the Floridian pyro.
This pastor is going to burn some Korans. Nothing is going to stop him. Like I said, he needs help. It will be interesting to see how the Muslim community responds to it, and judging recent history with Danish cartoonists, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if people are marching in the streets, catching cars on fire, and calling for the death of all us American infidels. In fact, they already are with the simple notion. Throughout the years, there have been plenty of offensive actions enacted on Christians such as a crucifix in urine, Bible burnings, Bill Mahr, Perez Hilton, and a whole host of personalities that get Christian's proverbial "panties in a wad", but to my knowledge, with those instances, Christians did not respond with violence, and if they have, it has been isolated cases. They certainly haven't called for the death of the liberal media. Should Muslims justify violence by their offense, it will further support the vast difference between a religion of grace and a religion of law.
Now that is not to say that Christians don't respond in other ways that are equally as egregious. We got behind our God fearing president and started a couple of wars, and recently, the "taking our Government back" rhetoric has been ramping up. And then there is the "Ground Zero Mosque." It is true. Christians really need to separate their Church and state a bit better. That will be the subject of my next blog, but for now, my hope is that the moderate Muslim will sensibly look at this scenario and rather than condemning a nut job, condemn any acts of violence that will in all probability be enacted. What would be best for this scenario is if we would just ignore this fellowship. They are in the same ilk as Westboro Baptist, and the only reason why they have a voice is because we give them one. Just ignore these people and maybe they will go away.
There is a Facebook group out there for this the bonfire. My favorite quote is as follows:
"So what if some one burns a book, it just makes them show their stupidity. It will not make you more or less christian or Muslim. We should all get together and burn our books together, and have a big laugh."
But when you have a religion where places on a map, words on a page, and the rigorous actions of the religion are more important than the people who worship in and outside of that religion, it is doubtful that any collective burning will happen, and one thing is certain. No one is laughing.