Despite the fact the war in Iraq has been declared as officially over, people here in the U.S. are still looking for ways to flame the fires of war. And by people I mean one in particular-Pastor Terry Jones of Florida. His recent public plan to burn Quran books on 9/11 is raising eyebrows all across the United States especially since this event is completely unwarranted.
As reported in “Afghanistan Protests Over Florida Pastor Terry Jones’ Plan to Burn Korans on Sept. 11 Anniversary”, by Ethan Sacks, “Gen. David Petraeus, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, warned that Florida pastor Terry Jones’ incendiary stunt could put American troops’ lives in danger and drum up support for terrorists.” I could not agree more with General Petraeus. This is going to be the final push those that are on the fence about Americans, will need to turn towards supporting terrorist groups. Is Pastor Jones so oblivious that he believes his little stunt won’t create waves, especially when it’s been so heavily publicized?
Unless stopped, Pastor Jones could be unleashing a new and unnecessary wave of attacks on America and/or the remaining troops that are still waiting to come home. Why risk so many lives just so he can basically state, “my God is the right God”? The war on religion has been fought and battled over for centuries, but when Americans are finally given a light at the end of the tunnel we call war, why close the opening?
I have found that religious fanaticism can cause a lot more harm than good to a person and those around them. To take text from the bible as literal, one must not pick and choose what is to be taken literal, the whole book must be. By that I mean that if someone wants to say “an eye for an eye” as a reason for their actions, then they must also understand that many “sins” in which many openly partake in is punishable by death within the writings of the Bible. If you’ve ever uttered words of blasphemy you are to be stoned to death- as BibleGateway.com provides on Leviticus 24:10-23. People do this daily and all the time. Imagine the death toll each day if this were practiced now.
I am not a person of religious belief therefore my opinion is not based on a religious organization. The Muslim religion as a whole should not be blamed because they are not to blame; it is the terrorist that attacked us on 9/11, not all Muslims. One man’s ignorant actions should not reflect Americans as a whole, though I’m sure it will and in an undoubtedly negative manner. How would Pastor Jones feel if people began to burn Bibles to show their distaste towards Christians? I doubt he’d turn the other cheek.
I welcome you to comment on your thoughts and beliefs, whether you share my opinion on this matter or not.
Ethan Sacks “Afghanistan Protests Over Florida Pastor Terry Jones’ Plan to Burn Korans on Sept. 11 Anniversary” NYDailyNews.com
“Bible Verses That Even Fundamentalists Don’t Take Literally…” Fallwell.com
Leviticus 24:10-23 BibleGateway.com