Why Are We Burning The Quran?

September 8, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

September 11 is just a few days away and while most people around the world and especially in this country will remember it as a day of horror others will try to add their own kind of misunderstanding.

I’m not a religious person and seldom get passionate about arguing religion.  I’m more interested in discussing that which brings us together and not what pulls us apart.  My life’s interest is to try to listen and respect other people’s opinions even if they drastically differ from mine and in return receive the same.

It is conflicting to me when a man like pastor Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, discusses burning the Koran.

I understand his amendments rights to do whatever it is that he wants but my question is why does he want to do it?  Why would a man who speaks of love take an action that will elicit violence? By making his actions public he is sending a message and that message is not of love and conciliation but of dare.

Jones says: “Our message is very clear. It is not to the moderate Muslim. Our message is not a message of hate. Our message is a message of warning to the radical element of Islam, and I think what we see right now around the globe provides exactly what we’re talking about.”

And his site reads: “Any religion which would profess anything other than the truth of the bible is of the devil. This is why we also take a stand against Islam, which teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God, therefore taking away the saving power of Jesus Christ and leading people straight to Hell.”

I know Jesus Christ spoke about love and so I looked for some of his sayings on the web and these are some of the beautiful quotes I found: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”,   “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” and everywhere I looked there were references to turning the other cheek and loving your enemy.  So Jones and others like him are not speaking the word of Jesus – that’s not my judgment I’m basing my conclusion on Jesus’ word and Jones’ words –  but are spreading the word of their ego which is telling them they are more righteous than others.

We do have a lot of problems in the world, in our cities and in our neighborhoods but taking actions that are devoid of love and understanding only begets more hate.  This is a concept that we all need to embrace for our own well –being; the understanding of others without judgment so we can expect the same in return.  I am of course not including crime when I talk about not judging others – as for that we have the law – but am talking about who is right or wrong or who has sinned or not.

May we, people that are dedicated to find ways to communicate in this very disjointed world, continue to have love in our hearts as we find our common human traits which remind us we all want and need the same regardless of our believes and nationalities.

In honor to all the people and their families who have lost so much on 9/11.

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