Religious Tomfoolery

I am going to break a few of my own blog rules in this post:

  1. I am going to talk about religion;
  2. I am going to go negative;
  3. I’m not going to attempt to be funny about it.

First, this is what I feel:

  • Everyone is entitled to their beliefs (as long as they are not physically harming others).
  • No one can claim sole possession of universal truth (i.e., what constitutes “God’s laws”).
  • They who attack or put down others for different beliefs lose legitimacy.
  • For some people (like me) religion and spirituality are intensely private.  Such people should be left alone and not judged.

Terry Jones and his Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida held the world hostage last year when they threatened to burn the Koran.

Dove Outreach Center

In order to avoid repercussions throughout the Muslim world, leaders from President Obama on down urged Pastor Jones to abandon his disrespectful, misguided and foolish plan.

I will not repeat the reasons why Dove Outreach (supposedly a church) planned to burn a holy book.  Stating those hateful and harmful words would only lend support to intolerance.

Jones eventually felt the weight of nearly universal condemnation and abandoned his silly plan.

Whew!  Glad that’s over.

Which Terry Jones do you prefer? This one...

Well, not so much.  On March 20, 2011, Jones officiated as a “judge” over a trial in which the Koran was found “guilty” a variety of crimes, including “murder, rape, deception, being responsible for terrorist activities all around the world.” About 30 people attended this nonsensical ceremony.

These mental giants then soaked a copy of the holy book in kerosene for an hour and then burned it on a barbecue grill.  Seriously?

Yesterday, angry Afghans stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan in retaliation for this act.  They killed seven foreigners from various countries.  None of them were Americans.

or this one?

Other demonstrations were held in Kabul and Herat.  In the latter city, a U.S. flag was laid on the ground for people to tread upon with their shoes — a gesture of extreme disrespect in the Muslim world.

No one knows what the future impact will be upon my brothers and sisters in the U.S. Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.  The only thing we can say for certain is that Dove’s foolhardy actions can only hurt the U.S. mission in the region and place our troops in greater danger.

Why, Pastor Jones?  You knew this would happen.  You received the attention you were craving in 2010.  Isn’t there enough hate in the world?  Did you really have to fan the flames?

Is this in any way consistent with what Jesus preached?

Well, I’m not one of those people who claim to know the mind of Jesus.  But, I can state with certainty that He would not have supported this nonsense.

If Jesus were still around in mortal form, I don’t think he would kick Terry Jones’ ass for these hateful actions.

However, He might hold Jones down while I get a few good shots in.

— The Major

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lisaN on April 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Ironically, our pastor did a sermon on this type of “church” a couple months ago-saying “why would the atheists or agnostics want to come join us, when these are the types of “christians” representing the church–people burning other religions holy books, protesting funerals, killing people at abortion clinics” Sadly these are the stories that often make the news and get the attention or the “ratings”
    The media tends not to cover the amount of people who are fed- in countries across the world-homes that are built for the less fortunate- communities reconstructed after ‘acts of God’ destroyed them, and children cared for by our christian communities.
    Sometimes I wish our media would focus more on the “feel good” stories–they are only giving these whack jobs the attention they crave.

    Reply

  2. Posted by lisa on April 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Well said.

    Reply

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