People here in Atlanta and all across the globe are holding their breath against the burning of the Koran as proposed by a small church in Florida on September 11, 2010. Some feel that he is courageous and is taking a stand against an onslaught of Muslim domination of the US.
Many are concerned about what is taking place in America especially with the proposed mosque being built so near the hallowed ground where so many died as a result of an attack by Islamic terrorist.
Others in their anger against this religion apparently have thrown caution to the wind and will actually participate in their own backyard burning. Many see this as dangerous and not sanguine like the original Tea Party when the tea was thrown into the Boston Harbor; but a volatile fanning of the flames of hatred that could result in war here on our own soil.
While this act is being hailed as heroic by some here, there are many others who do not feel this will do anything but inflame this group of people toward more violence. The question was asked, “Do you throw gasoline on a raging fire in an effort to put it out?”
What will be the result here and around the world of this act – only God knows. Will it stop the influx of Muslims into this country? Will it stop Sharia Law? Will it stop the building of the mosque in New York? Will one group exercising their rights (under the Constitution) which butts heads with the same Constitutional right on the other side bring about peace or only deepen the hatred?
After this September 11th, will it then become known as a day of revenge rather than a day of remembrance?
While Christian children are denied the right to Bible reading and prayer in school, one school in California actually made the study of the Koran part of its studies after the attack on 9/11. Has any school in America ever offered a study in who Jesus Christ was/is? After the attack, the Koran became a best seller. Were people interested in the religion itself or just wanted to know what was a threat to them and their families.?
“In addition to becoming a best seller, some public schools asked their students to memorize some Qur’anic verses. For example, seventh grade students in Byron, California, public school system were to take a three-week course to give them detailed information about the tenets of Islam. In this course, they were to memorize Qur’anic verses, learn about Islamic history and the life of Prophet Muhammad, and even make speeches to the class using Muslim names that they had chosen for themselves. And this program was put into effect immediately. Along with this, it was proposed that students learn how Muslims pray and what Islam’s religious duties are”
Others are calling this man, and his little church, lunatics who only have a narrow view of what the Christian faith is all about. Some see Mr. Jones as some type of hero; while others seen him from a different point of view perhaps seeking martyrdom and inviting persecution. But is he inviting danger to others? Certainly that is not Biblical.
Read Romans 12: 17-18
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Read Romans 13:1-7 (Submission to the Authorities.) Many feel that since this church is defying the city to burn without a permit, they are breaking the law.
Some of the comments against what he is purposing to do:
President Obama Says Terry Jones’ Plan to Burn Korans Is ‘A Destructive Act’ http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/president-obama-terry-jones-koran-burning-plan-destructive/story?id=11589122
Sarah Palin: Don’t burn the Koran. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/41907.html
The State Department: Un-American
Secretary of State Clinton: “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
General Petraeus: On Tuesday, Petraeus said that even rumors of the possibility the church would hold a Koran-burning touched off protests in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia.
“Images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” Petraeus said. “Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”
Mayor Bloomberg defends the church’s right to burn the Koran
He says: “In a strange way I’m here to defend his right to do that. I happen to think that it is distasteful. I don’t think he would like it if somebody burnt a book that in his religion he thinks is holy,” Bloomberg said in remarks to reporters. “But the First Amendment protects everybody and you can’t say that we’re going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement.” Could this be because he spoke out with the same argument in favor of the mosque in New York?
Even in the midst of death threats, Dr. Terry Jones, said they will continue with their plans to burn the Koran on September 11, 2010. He said that if anything happened as a result of this effort, it would not be their fault. “We will not be responsible,” Jones said. “We are only reacting to the violence that is already there in that religion.”
Though the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches have denounced the plan to burn the Koran, Jones indicated he had support from other churches around the country. He did not name any, however.
Despite being denied a burning permit, the small church of about 50 members intend to push forward their right under the freedom of speech clause. Many Christian feel this will cause the burning of Bibles all across the world.
Americans have never been afraid to stand for what is right and just; even if it meant blood being spilled. They have taken stands when the entire world refused to stand with them. They have been the protector of human rights all over the world. Are the very laws of our land being used against us by outsiders who wish to turn them for their own agendas?
Because the Muslims have the right to build the mosque – it is the right thing to do?
Because Dr. Jones’ church has the right to burn the Koran – does it make it the right thing to do?
In battle, one has no option but to defend themselves, their family, their property, and their homeland; but do they have to right to incite danger that could result in death to Christians all over the world. There are thousands of Christian missionaries in Muslim countries all around the world, will this deeply affect their message and ability to continue their work? Will it put their lives in jeopardy as well?
The Christian Bible says, “Do not exchange evil for evil, thus said the Lord.” Does two wrongs ever make a right?
Pastor Jones said he will continue: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/local/090710-pastor-will-continue-with-plans-to-burn-koran
In the video below Pastor Jones says that the Delta Force has notified him that they are 100% behind them. While at the same time Embassies all over the world brace for the backlash.
Many Christian churches are speaking out against this act and are holding special prayer meetings in hope that it will be diverted. “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay!” Will acts of vengeance by individuals result in a good thing; or a thing just as bad as what they are protesting against?
Whatever the outcome of this act, Americans will continue to be divided it seems and we need to ask the question if we want to become a nation divided along religious lines like is destroying other nations? Will acts like this lead to a new and different kind of Civil War.? Our history shows that we don’t want to be fighting on this soil once again – brother against brother.
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