Retire, come back…
There are few things that can bring a retired blogger back to the keyboard… boredom, longing, and burning issues crying out to be commented on. Take this Koran(Quran)-burning issue in Florida. Anyone who knows me well enough knows I would have some strong views on it and that I would be bursting at the seems to express them.
President Obama, the Pope, Mayor Bloomburg, General Petraeus—seems some heavy hitters have a view. Even Hillary Clinton, who I omit intentionally in the heavy hitter list, has weighed in. There’s always room for one more view.
- When the American flag was being burned in this country, defenders of freedom and self-expression were there to protect this right. Nothing good came from the burnings as far as I know, but the protestors’ rights were protected. The Supreme Court agreed.
- When the Bible is burned by God haters, there is no-one to defend Christianity or to caution about offending anyone. It’s part of the same freedom of expression that allows protestors to burn flags.
- Cross burning is finally seen as a hate crime in certain circumstances, but more along racial lines than religious. From a religious perspective, no-one cares.
- And so when news of a Koran burning hits the media, everyone is up in arms!
To quote our President—“let me be clear” (which is one of the stupier phrases he uses)—burning the Koran serves no positive purpose and I do not agree with that pastor.
But the sad thing about the public objection to the book burning is that I doubt that it has much to do with respect for Islam or the Koran. And apparently it has nothing to do with the same rights to freedom of expression that are exercised when the American flag or Bible is burned.
There were radical elements in Islam who on 9/11/2001 felt they had the right to burn our buildings, our planes, and our people.
In a remembrance protest on 9/11/2010, the right to burn a book is being challenged, not as a right, but as a wise or unwise act. No-one is telling the Florida pastor that he doesn’t have the right to do it, but with the outcry, one has to wonder if one day, Koran burning will be outlawed as a threat to national security.
To quote our President again—as disdainful as that is for me to do, and I do it more to be facetious—“make no mistake”—burning the Koran will inflame anti-American sentiment and will put US and NATO troops at greater risk from those who hate America, Christianity, and all-that-is-not-Islam.
If that were all there is, that would be enough to make the following accusation: America and the West is afraid of Islam and the radical elements contained therein. Those elements are unpredictable, not easily distinguished from their non-radical brothers, and have an avowed hatred towards us that makes a 9/11 event possible. Who knows what worse things may befall us if we do not befriend them. In other words, FEAR of Islam, not RESPECT for Islam, seems to be the motivator!
Who knows what will befall us if we do. Rome slept while the Barbarians crept in. America throws the gates wide open and lets the Barbarians in an attempt to appease and to ward off disaster.
You cannot have peace with an enemy who hates you and wants you destroyed, and you cannot afford to go to sleep next to an angry woman who has a knife!