Do I think it is appropriate to burn the Koran? Although it is a perfectly legal freedom of expression in the United States, I do not believe that it is appropriate to do that. It is also not illegal for the Islamists to construct their victory mosque at ground zero either, but that too is not appropriate.
Both acts defy common human decency and respect. Loving your neighbor as yourself it is not.
What gets my dander up is the sudden new found liberal need to defend religion. Something most of them have spent their lives either avoiding or ridiculing. First they vigorously defended construction of the ground zero victory mosque as a freedom of religion issue. Now, with the same vigor, they condemn the potential desecration of an item important to one particular religion, in this case, burning the “Holy” Koran.
[Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton condemned the threat to burn the Quran during her remarks at a State Department dinner she hosted in observance of Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths,” Clinton said.
Where was our State Department champion of religious liberty and defender of religious symbols when a so-called artist urinated in a jar, placed a crucifix in his jar, photographed it and called it Piss Christ? It was a freedom of expression work of art paid for with $15,000 of your tax dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts so there is no point in getting all worked up about it. Did you also hear about the Holy Virgin Mary painting? It was a prize winner too.
The painting depicted a black African Mary surrounded by images from blaxploitation movies and close-ups of female genitalia cut from pornographic magazines, and elephant dung. These were formed into shapes reminiscent of the cherubim and seraphim commonly depicted in images of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary.
When our Secretary of State hosts a dinner in celebration of an important Christian observance like maybe Passion Week (okay, stop giggling), maybe she could grace us with her critique of Piss Christ or elephant dung Mary. Or, maybe she could give us her views on the treatment of Christians, Christianity or any other religion by Islam. She can start by reviewing her State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2009.
[In Saudi Arabia] Freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice.
Non-Muslims and many Muslims whose beliefs do not adhere to the Government’s interpretation of Islam must practice their religion in private and are vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, detention, and, deportation for noncitizens… Blasphemy is a crime punishable by long prison terms or, in some cases, death. Conversion by Muslims to another religion (apostasy) and proselytizing by non-Muslims are punishable by death under the Islamic laws adopted by the country, but there have been no confirmed reports of executions for either crime in recent years.
Planning a vacation to Saudi Arabia? Did you know that the Saudis confiscate Bibles too?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it is officially called, reportedly bans foreigners from bringing in Bibles, crucifixes, Stars of David and other religious non-Islamic items.
The heavily Muslim country threatens to confiscate them from foreign visitors along with other prohibited items such as narcotics, firearms and pornography, according to the web site of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the country’s national carrier.
What do you suppose they do with those items?
General Petraeus made a statement against burning the Koran. I can understand the General’s position. There is certainly no reason to give ones enemies any additional motivation to seek the company of 72 virgins. With all due respect, we do need the General to focus his attention on fighting the war and not on the antics of a whacko pastor of a 50 member church.
The General is joined in his concern of increasing danger now by the ground zero imam who threatened us if his victory mosque is not built where he wants it. The Muslim world will explode he says… I wonder if exploding Muslims will resemble the dancing Muslims seen in the “Arab street” on 09/11. I suppose I am beyond fearing Muslim explosions. I believe the remainder of the world, like me, is beginning to accept that as a normal attribute.
Did you know that in May 2009, members of the United States Military in Afghanistan had in their possession some Dari and Pashto language translations of the New Testament? The Bibles were sent through private mail to a service member from his Church in the United States. ABC News reported that after the story ran on Al Jazeera, the military confiscated the Bibles and burned them. The United States Military burned Bibles. No one kicked up a ruckus about that. Most people have probably never heard about it and there was nary a peep out of Mrs. Clinton about that “disrespectful, disgraceful act.”
“I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera’s clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed,” spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.” – Reuters May 5, 2009.
At Gitmo, personnel receive instructions: “Do not disrespect the Koran (let it touch the floor, kick it, step on it).” They must “handle the Koran as if it were a fragile piece of delicate art.” This means ensuring “that the Koran is not placed in offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet area.” Only Muslim chaplains and interpreters are actually supposed to touch a Koran, and then only if wearing clean latex gloves. Moreover: “Two hands will be used at all times when handling the Koran in a manner signaling respect and reverence.”
As your gag reflex relaxes just remember that it is okay to chuck Bibles into the incinerator, but Lord save you if you touch a Koran with bare infidel hands.
Do you know what the Afghan literacy rate is? It is 28 percent. Seven out of every 10 Afghans could not read the Koran even if they had one. So if we gave them Bibles they could not read those either. I recommend audio versions. The mullahs, who can read, however, can whip the illiterate masses into fanatical frenzies at will. That is why Dutch movie makers are murdered in the streets and people riot over cartoons.
How would they respond if someone dunked an elephant dung image of their profit into a jar of urine?
So there you have it. You can do just about whatever you like when it comes to Christianity or Judaism for that matter. You can ridicule Christians, desecrate their Christian symbols (or ban them from view) and destroy their Holy books with no outcry from the liberals. For some reason, though, you just cannot offend a Muslim’s sensibilities for fear that he might explode.
Maybe it is because when you offend Christians by doing such things, they do not explode. They only pray for your soul.