Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Burning the Koran

It is funny to see the Obama liberals supporting the NY Ground Zero Mosque, and yet they are all upset by an opinion on a Christian church web site that says Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran. As you can see, the church has a theological and political disagreement with the message of the Koran, and wants to express it. The church is not advocating violence or anything like that.

It is a sad day when American Christians get denounced by a top military general and other top Obama administration officials for advocating their opinions. Maybe reason no. 11 should be to preserve our freedoms.

I am posting the link so that you can read the church's opinion yourself, and make up your own mind. I will not be burning a Koran, but I do think that it is worthwhile to point out the differences between Christianity and Mohammedanism, and for Americans to understand what their govt officials are promoting.

Update: The Wash. Post reports:
The White House also condemned the Florida church's plan, with press secretary Robert Gibbs reiterating Petraeus's contention that U.S. forces could be put in harm's way as a result. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called the proposed demonstration "un-American" and said it was "inconsistent with the values of religious tolerance and religious freedom."

Habibullah, a religious leader who organized a protest Monday morning in eastern Kabul to decry the Florida church's plan, said throngs of angry men chanted, "Death to America!" and "Death to Obama!"

He said some of the protesters pelted a passing U.S. military convoy with stones. ...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen backed that warning Tuesday. He said that any burning of Korans would strongly contradict "all the values we stand for and fight for."
Really? Are we really over there fighting for the ability of violent extremist jihadists to use terrorist threats to intimidate Americans into canceling a peaceful private statements of their beliefs that Christianity is better than Islam?

Our values of religious tolerance and religious freedom should mean that any American should be able to peacefully express the view that his religion is superior to the alternatives. And Americans should certainly be able to denounce terrorists.

Update: As of the morning of Sept. 10, the chuch's web site has been censored. Apparently the excuse is that criticizing another religion is considered hate speech. If so, then many religious and non-religious teachings are hate speech. The First Amendment means very little unless we can explain why certain views and opinions are better than others. You can still read the ten reasons here. At Obama's press conference this morning, he again supported building the Ground Zero Mosque while denouncing those who express a disagreement with Islam. He said that he does not want Moslems to feel as if some Americans disagree with them.

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