The Other I

September 9, 2010

The Truth?

I don’t always know what I’m talking about but I know I’m right.

Muhammad Ali

And so a church in Florida with a mere 50 members, only 30 of whom attend services regularly, is still planning to burn the Koran on Saturday, the anniversary of 9/11.

Proclaiming the Truth, says the pastor, is more important than not insulting the millions of Muslims who will be offended, more important than religious tolerance or avoiding the deaths of U.S. military in Afghanistan or Americans anywhere.  “Don’t blame us,” he said.  “We belong to a religion of love;  Islam is a religion of hate.”

The local fire department says he does not have permission to have a bon fire, and may be on hand to stop it.  The news here reports that the pastor says he might consider not going ahead with the burnings if he gets a personal call from President Obama.

Oh my, we do think we are important now, don’t we?  They say another pastor in Tennessee is lining up to pull the same publicity stunt.

Seeing this virulent intolerance rearing its head once again in the name of freedom in my country is much worse than watching the disaster of the World Trade Towers.


  1. Is there a word which is to ‘blinkered’ as ‘evil’ is to ‘misguided’?



    Comment by Chris Lawrence — September 10, 2010 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

    • Chris – Your alternatives: “evil is to misguided as blinkered is to _____”, sound potentially a good deal more charitable than the part of the Thesaurus where I think I would be turning the pages.

      On the other hand, if I were Obama, the tack I would take with Pastor Jones and his ilk is “Yes, Christianity is a religion of love. So let us give an outstanding astonishing example of that love to Muslims. How about a mega-get together of Christians and Muslims at your church which would be television world-wide. Perhaps a picnic with games and music. It would be a far better demonstration of what we stand for than the demonstrations of flag-burning etc that is currently going on the streets of Kabul.”

      I doubt the call to show love would meet with much resonance, but the potential publicity might.

      Hmm, the more I think about this, the better it sounds.


      Comment by theotheri — September 10, 2010 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

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