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An Independent Voters View | Burning the Koran
On September 11th , The Pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, in Florida has made plans to publicly burn copies of the Koran. It is his right to do so, and I have spent a lifetime defending the rights of folks to do such things. It falls under freedom of speech and is protected under the Constitution of the United States. But I feel compelled to point out that with these rights come responsibilities, foremost among them the responsibility to be respectful of and show some tolerance for other religions.
The cowardly acts of September 11th 2001, are not in my view cause enough to indict an entire religion; nor does it serve any useful purpose to follow it with another cowardly act, designed for the self-promotion of an insignificant religious group that borders on a cult following. This is pouring gas on a fire that needs no additional fuel.
Speaking of that fire I would also point out how stupid I think it is for Muslims around the world to blow this out of proportion and riot in the streets over this. The words may well have been inspired by God but the book itself is but a man-made object. Where is the martyrdom in being trampled to death by fellow Muslims over some clown doing something stupid on the other side of the world? Better you direct that energy to reclaim your religion from the clowns who have hijacked it for their own evil purposes.
My point in all this? Osama and Rev Jones are both cowards cloaking themselves in their respective religions. If these clowns had a pair of balls Rev Jones would burn the Koran in say Saudi Arabia. Osama and Mullah Omar instead of hiding in a cave in Pakistan would be leading their troops from the front in Afghanistan. Neither of them are men of God, and should be recognized for what they are; spewers of manure.
I am a realist and recognize justice for Osama will ultimately come from within Islam. I would suggest the citizens of Gainesville Florida pool some pennies together and deliver back to Rev Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center, what he is giving us – a truckload of the feces of the male bovine species.
Deliver the Manure Here
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