CNN — U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan warned Monday that a small Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks could endanger the lives of American troops.
The warnings followed an angry protest on Monday by several hundred people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, who chanted “Death to America” as they denounced the planned burning event by the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church.
The center, calling itself a “New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church,” says it will go ahead with the torching of the Quran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2001 attacks against the United States. Gainesville authorities have said that will contravene fire safety rules. LINK
Let me say straight out: these people are complete and utter ass-clowns. As a Christian I REJECT this planned action in the strongest possible way and I call on other Christians to reject it as well. Nothing could be more UN-CHRISTIAN, PERIOD. These nuts remind me of the lunatics from the (not going to mention them) Baptist Church who protest at soldiers’ funerals. They are not Christians in my opinion.
I don’t make any secret about my feelings about SOME Muslims, those we are at war with. Although there seem to be MANY MORE of them than our political or media types would have us believe, nonetheless there are over a BILLION Muslims in this world. They ALL can’t be bad. So on that premise alone, this action by a so-called Christian group at the very minimum will only serve to make enemies out of those Muslims who currently may not have a beef with us. It is also something I could never picture Jesus Christ doing. Plus given the extreme sensitivity of Muslims to issues like this, I see no rational reason to act like this.
I am not the kind of person who takes provocation lightly. I have watched Muslims burning American Flags since I was old enough to watch the news. The last thing we should ever do is stoop to the level of our enemies. It’s pretty much a given that some Muslims don’t give a rat’s ass about what non-Muslims think of them or who they offend. Never did, never will. But this is exactly a case where we should be taking the moral high ground. The recent attempt to build a Mosque at Ground Zero rightly offended millions of Americans. We were aggrieved by this action and let our collective feelings be known. Public opinion is largely behind us on this issue. Now if some group of nut-bags proceed with this stupid act, it will become INTERNATIONAL NEWS. The left-wing media in this country will make sure it is beamed all over the world and it will be played over and over like those stupid pictures of Abu Grhaib. Even though it was only a handful of inbred degenerates who acted like that, our forces everywhere were painted with the same brush.
Anything that puts our service members in greater jeopardy is something we should not be participating in. Even though this will be done by a small handful of inbreds, our nation of 300 million people will be painted as the bad guys once again. This will give unnecessary ammunition to the America haters at a critical time, plus it won’t accomplish a thing except probably get some people killed. While I normally agree that we shouldn’t take crap from those who hate us anyway, I also don’t believe that picking a fight for no good reason (a fight they have no intention of waging) does anyone any good.
It may be their RIGHT to burn a Quran but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD do something.