Tuesday, September 14, 2010

by Nate Polzin on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6:04pm

I almost never blog or opine on websites about controversial issues but . . . 



I have been against the burning of the Koran on 9/11 since I heard about it a few weeks ago.  If people who claim to be followers of Christ act hatefully towards those we are commanded to love, it just makes transformational conversations harder to have.

All burning the Koran will do is make people mad.  It isn't going to stop a mosque from being built anywhere, it isn't going to open dialouge, it sure isn't going to help us share the love of Christ with those who do not know Him.  So, like I said in the title, it's stupid, mean, and useless.

That being said, the way it's being reported in some news outlets troubles me.  The focus isl on how terrible it is to burn a Koran (which it is) and how the natural result of that burning would be increased violence against Americans overseas and Christians in the Middle East.  I just saw a report on CNN where it was reported that a threat has been made that if the Koran burning takes place in Florida, there will not be a Christian left alive in Iraq.

Wait a minute . . .if someone in Florida burns a book, it's ok (at least in the minds of those making the threats) to KILL thousands of people?!?  Some of the reporting on this story leads us to think that this would be a logical outcome of the book burning.  THERE IS NOTHING LOGICAL ABOUT MURDER - much less murder of strangers because another stranger burned a book!

I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories, etc. but it is interesting to me that so often in the media, religious protesters are portrayed as crazy or out of touch (which it seems this Koran-burner is) and yet almost nothing in the reports I have seen have pointed out how CRAZY it is that we have come to the point where we EXPECT certain members of a particular religion to KILL people when they are offended.

People who protest plays or movies that portray Jesus as a gay man, less than divine, or succumbing to temptation are often ridiculed in the media for being narrow-minded, sheltered or too idealogical.  Yet, not very many people who object to insulting and provocative attacks on Christianity resort to violence.  (I know it happens once in a while, but it is rare and always unfaithful and not in keeping with the commands of Jesus.)   

On a final note, I have heard some say that because of the possible danger the Koran burning poses to American troops, the pastor should be arrested before he can burn the book.  I could not disagree more!  While I think it is absolutely deplorable to burn the Koran publicly like he has proposed, it is his right to do so.  If we start arresting people for offensive but non-violent protests because of how others might react, it seems to me we cross a very dangerous line.  How long after that are people going to want to arrest you for something you do they disagree with? . . .

What do you think?

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