Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fundamentalist Florida Preacher Declares 9/11 "International Burn a Qur'an Day"

I don't have much to say about this story, except that it makes me really ashamed as an American. Our country was founded on the premises of religious tolerance, freedom, and moral authority. The controversy in Florida contradicts everything we are supposed to be as a country. The first amendment gives any fundamentalist Christian the right to burn a Qur'an, and any fundamentalist Muslim the right to burn a bible. But the level of ignorance, thoughtlessness, and pure hatred required to carry out such an act is startling, and abhorrent.

Terry Jones has gone so far as to write a book called "Islam is of the Devil." Guess what, Terry Jones? There are fundamentalist Islamic clerics exactly like you in the Middle East writing books called "Christianity is of the Devil." I know that you're right and everyone else is wrong. That's how fundamentalism works. But we're in America, where Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and atheists are supposed to be living in harmony, with the freedom to practice their spirituality however they see fit. They shouldn't be constantly intimidated, offended, and harassed just because you can't tell the difference between a fundamentalist Islamic terrorist and a Muslim person.

Now Muslims around the world who can't tell the difference between a normal American and an asshole like you are chanting "Death to America," much in the same way that you're chanting "Islam is of the devil." How do you not see the parallel here? You, sir, are the epitome of hypocrisy, a hypocrisy that you are undoubtedly unaware of because you're just so unbelievably ignorant, and complacent in your ignorance.

Now, I'm not a Christian, but I've read some of the things that Jesus said a couple thousand years ago. And I can say with a great deal of confidence that despite your allegedly devoting your whole life to him, he would be appalled, embarrassed, and infuriated with your hateful actions and your adulteration of his teachings.

Terry Jones at his Church (NY Daily News)

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