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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BOOK BURNING - WHY THE KORAN?

Here is a paragraph from Wikipedia: 

"Some particular cases of book burning are long and traumatically remembered - because the books destroyed were irreplaceable and their loss constituted a severe damage to cultural heritage, and/or because this instance of book burning has become emblematic of a harsh and oppressive regime. Such were the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty, the destruction of Mayan codices by Spanish conquistadors and priests, and in more recent times, Nazi book burnings, the burning of Beatles records after a remark by John Lennon concerning Jesus Christ, and the destruction of the Sarajevo National Library."


And now in this present day in our land of inalienable rights we have a pastor of 50 parishioners threatening to burn the Muslim's Koran. What is that all about?  Has he read the Bill of Rights? So is he thinking it is his right to do so while not giving any thought to his infringement upon the rights of others?  

Here's an interesting piece: 

"In his 1821 play, Almansor, the German writer Heinrich Heine — referring to the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Qur'an, during the Spanish Inquisition — wrote, "Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings." One century later, Heine's books were among the thousands of volumes that were torched by the Nazis in Berlin's Opernplatz."

As a result of the news of late, I purchased a Koran (Quran) and am reading it (84 cents - Kindle version).  So far I see nothing that is offensive, on the contrary, it is not too far from the teachings of the Old Testament in the Bible, although Jesus is depicted same as Moses and other spiritual leaders of the time (so far).  And it also talks about the Muslims who make trouble in the world, and how they are not following the teaching of the Islam religion.

Now I don't present myself  as an expert on religion, far from it, but I'm curious enough to read the books to see for myself what their beliefs are and compare their "Bible" to the "Bible" of others.

I wonder if this Christian pastor, Terry Jones, who plans to burn a pile of Korans on September 11, has read the book?  On CNN he said he's read part of it.  I wonder which part?  I hope to have read it entirely by September 11, and I would urge him to do so.

You know, it's one thing to protest and remember the happenings on September 11, 2001, but keeping it in perspective is of the utmost importance.  Putting the blame where it belongs is also a must.  In all racial, religious, and political bodies there are villains, bad guys ... they're the culprits, not the masses.  They are a small percentage that ruin it for the others.  Target them, not the masses, and definitely not the books - that's insulting to the good guys.

If we are to ever win this war over terrorism, we have to stand together ... all races, all religions, all political arenas.  We have to let them know terrorism will not be tolerated. 

And, Mr. Jones, your actions, although you believe you're doing the right thing, are unacceptable.

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