I can't escape writing about something political/newsworthy/otherwise interesting. I'm sure you've heard the recent flap about burning a Quran. If not, you can find it here *insert any news website across the globe*. Or go here. Either way.
Now that you've read the article you may be saying to yourself, "Why is this such a big deal?" Here's why: Burning a Quran, though within our constitutional rights as a means of expression, will not only cause undue attacks on our troops abroad, but also serves to stoke already high tensions between the Muslim world and America.
Since this Dove guy decided to falter, several other "organizations", such as they are called, have offered to step up to the plate. These people are jumping on the bandwagon and obviously seeking their 15 minutes of fame. Not that Westboro hasn't had it; picketing the funerals of soldiers and calling America a doomed immoral country will get you notoriety.
Quite a few people will point out that Muslims have burned Bibles and crosses. These are not countries that adhere to the same morals and ethics we in America do. They stone people to death for things we barely blink at. They cut off hands of thieves. As if they're going to think twice about burning a book.
Still others will point to the persecution of Christians in Muslim countries. Did you catch that? In Muslim countries they persecute Christians. Imagine that. A person considered an infidel being persecuted in a Muslim country. I take issue with people not being allowed to worship their God freely - if it were in America.
Here's what rubs me wrong about Christians: They believe their religion to be superior to all others. Muslims consider Islam superior as well; here's the difference: While Christians believe the world can be "saved" with hearts and minds, Muslims believe the world can be "converted" with brute force. Neither side is correct in their beliefs. Christians become swollen with the intention of doing right by God and go out to minister to people who probably don't want to hear it.
When a person of Islamic customs switches religion and denounces Islam, they become an apostate. Apostates get Fatwas issued, which means they will be put to certain death. An Imam issues the Fatwa, and devout Muslims follow what their Imam teaches. When a Christian goes into a Muslim country in an attempt to convert Muslims, they will not be welcomed.
As has been studied and discovered multiple times, the ultimate victory in the Quran is world domination of Islam. Everyone who does not conform to Islamic values is considered an infidel to the more extreme factions of Islam. And yes, there are moderate and extreme Muslims, just as there are moderate and extreme Christians.
Back to my original point: These pastors claim they're doing this to enlighten people. All they are doing is providing propaganda fuel for the extremists and jihadists. Unfortunately, that 15 minutes of fame is more important. No wars are going to be won by one or two people burning a book.
This war is not going to be won, anyway. This is one that has been raging since the inception of religion. Good luck declaring a winner here.