Burning the Qur’an: How to Further Fuel Radical Islam’s War with the West

All the world wonders after Islam, so it seems. As if the controversy over the mosque wasn’t enough, a pastor by the name of Terry Jones has become the personification of American hatred towards Islam. Jones, with his congregation, is planning to have a burn the Qur’an day on September 11–the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the pentagon and the world trade center. Though many religious leaders, the white house, and Gen. Petraeus have spoken out against this act, Jones seems unswayed and is determined to carry it out.

The most immediate impact of this decision is the danger that pastor Jones has placed himself and his congregation. The heavy weights of terrorism are probably applauding his decision because it supports their agenda–they would like the Muslim street to believe that Islam is at war with crusaders from the west. Therefore, I don’t believe that any retaliation would come from them. However, there is the possibility that there are some other minor elements in the terrorist movement that may be eager to avenge the Qur’an’s burning. Not to mention, the average peace loving Muslim would not be to fond of the idea, to say the least.

As a Christian pastor, Jones’ proposed action can be viewed by Jihadist as a mean of solidifying the reality that they claim to be living in. Since the Jihadist is in a holy war it would help if he had someone as active in the war as he is. Up to now, they have been locked in mortal combat with the American army. However, the American army doesn’t have a clear religious affiliation–though Christianity is projected unto it. Since Jones is providing that, the holy war seems more like a reality.

Jones shouldn’t be viewed as a lone ranger. He is a expressing the feeling of many Americans towards all things Islam. Americans may not be willing to admit it, but they have become extremely intolerant towards Islam. America has had negative experiences with religions before, however, their experience with radical Islam has push them to the point where a majority of them are willing to deny well-t0-d0 Muslims–at least to our knowledge–a place of worship because of location.

The public outcry against the burning of the Qur’an is not as loud as the building of the mosque near the WTC, even though the former is clearly worst. This suggests that the idea is somewhat comfortable to the minds of Americans. They are not as bothered with the rights of others as they are with issues that they view as directly affecting them. Well, they are mistaken in their analysis because this does directly affect them. If this kind of behavior persist, America will begin to look more and more like the chaotic middle east. In a way it would be reverting back to its pre-civil rights days, with a majority–though they didn’t promote the wrongs that were done–were indifferent towards what was taking place.

Indifference towards wrongs is a disease that weakens morals and solidifies bigotry. One may arrive at a place that they never intended to simply because of indifference. In a nation as diverse as America indifference towards the isolation and demonizing of a particular religious group should strike fear in the hearts of all religious institutions. If it could be done to one, it can be done to another. All that’s needed is a radical faction operating on its own agenda.

The religions of the world are systems that certain factions of humanity have adopted in their quest for God. Though I don’t believe that all roads lead to the same God, I do agree that it’s the same one they are looking for even though they may not know it. Therefore indifference towards the rights of others to search through their accepted mean says a lot about the system that a majority of us in north America have adopted. It’s hypocritical to tell Muslims about the Christian God when we stay silence while their Bible is treated in such a manner. Hate filled evangelism is the stuff of Nazis.

What should we do now? How about having a public outcry against the burning of the Qur’an. Then America will look more like what it claims to be, a place in which all religions are free from harassment even though they have dangerous factions. The sins of the few are not the sins of the majority.

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Author: Jerry Jacques

Jerry Jacques, is a native of Queens, New York. He was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti on June 12, 1980. His purpose in setting up this blog is to think through biblically with others on theology, culture, and anything else that may catch his attention. His hope is that this blog will be a wonderful stopping point for all who visit. He enjoys reading, writing, movies, bowling, board games, and weight lifting. The views expressed here are the author’s own and not necessarily those of his church. If you are interested in getting in touch, write him at jacquesjerry@yahoo.com. Special Interests: Apocalyptic Prophecy, New Testament, Book of Revelation, Book of Daniel, Book of Habakkuk, Biblical Interpretation, Comparative Religion, and Christianity in Contemporary Culture.

2 thoughts on “Burning the Qur’an: How to Further Fuel Radical Islam’s War with the West”

  1. Very good post. But I’ think there have been outcries against this silly action. Perhaps not as much as the Ground Zero Mosque because that is tied into 9-11 but many Christian leaders and numerous Christian blogs have condemned the proposed burning. Also, I don’ think the radical jihadists need any excuses to hate the U.S. America remains tolerate toward Muslims and toward Pastor Jones. May not like what he is doing. Both the church and the state have criticized him but he is an example of radical freedom. He can thumb his nose at both. I’d rather have freedom of speech than government control

  2. There’s a lot going on in this post. I’m glad you wrote it. I agree with much of what George adds too.

    Jerry, I thought the following portion of your post was very interesting: “Though I don’t believe that all roads lead to the same God, I do agree that it’s the same one they are looking for even though they may not know it.” If you’ve fleshed out this idea elsewhere, could you please direct me to it? If not, I’d like to hear more about this idea.

    George, I was hanging with you right up until the end. I think I still may be with you, but this last part threw me for a loop: “Both the church and the state have criticized him but he is an example of radical freedom. He can thumb his nose at both. I’d rather have freedom of speech than government control.” Notably, I think nearly everyone agrees that if Jones had burned the Koran, it would have been protected speech under the Constitution. I agree with you that there’s an important free speech lesson here. I’m not sure that the tradeoff you present (speech vs. government control) really presents itself here, though. Civilian and military leaders urged Jones not to do it, but none of them suggested they could stop him as a matter of law. If you do see that tradeoff presented in this situation, though, it’d be helpful if you explained it a bit more.

    Finally, on rhetorical extremism, I think it’s a bit much to bring in the Nazis, Jerry (your point is very well made absent what has become a cliche historical reference), and to call Jones’ proposed Koran burning an example of radical freedom, George (an Imam burning the Bible in the U.S. on 9/11 might qualify, though).

    Thanks for this post.

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