Don’t Do It
September 9, 2010 by admncc
Take a look at this list:
Interpol, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, U.S. Senator John McCain, The U.S. Embassy in London, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Indonesian President Susilo Bambanf Yudhoyono, The Vatican, The President of the United Nations General Assembly, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and the President of the United States.
If I were to tell you that all of those people/groups/organizations agreed on something, would you be surprised? Well, it’s happening right now. They are all against some plans that the Reverend Terry Jones has. Jones, the head of a small church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday (the anniversary of the September 11th attacks). As all of you know, the Quran is the Muslim holy book. You can read the CNN story here.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t like it either. But he also defended the church’s pastor and said this is his right under the First Amendment. But Mr. Mayor, the pastor’s plans have now been made into a media circus…
This is not a political-based blog and this post is about the closest I’ll ever get to complaining about politics (or religion for that matter). But here’s what I will say. I think the spotlight being placed on Reverend Jones has made this situation worse. Now, with everyone watching, if he carries through with his threat, any number of problems could result. So…could this be a First Amendment argument that just got blown out of proportion? Maybe. But these days, this kind of religious public spectacle is going to cause much broader problems, which I think is the point that the pastor is missing.