The news started as a simple discussion and has now reached a much larger audience. Certain American evangelists believe a Qur’an should be burnt next 9/11. This is the intention of pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center; a fundamentalist church located in Florida. The pastor wants that a Qur’an be burnt in public in-protest against what he calls the ‘evils’ of Islam.
This pushed General David Petraeus to react. In an announcement, the commander of the military forces in Afghanistan insists that the burning of Muslim’s Holy Book would cause unnecessary trouble to the American troops located worldwide. Certainly, images of a burning Qur’an will remain undeniably used by Afghan and world Muslim extremists in order to continue to incite violence.
The American Embassy in Kabul has condemned this deliberate attempt to insult a community. American diplomats and the military have stated that the incendiary pictures of the Holy Qur’an will “fuel” anti-Americanism beliefs throughout the world. Such fears are not an exaggeration. Since the proposed action was revealed and suggested, today there are hundreds of Muslims gathered around the Kabul mosque in order to set American flags together with the photos of the Pastor of the Dove Center on fire.
The great danger, though, is that the Muslim’s anger does not stop in Afghanistan; it has spread in the Muslim world, claiming that the Qur’an is a Holy Book deserves respect. Last Tuesday, the foreign affairs speaker from Iran said that profanation of the Holy Qur’an would trigger wider and uncontained reactions worldwide. Accordingly, western countries had better stop exploiting her freedom of speech to insult holy books, because the feelings this will generate, will obligate Muslim countries to resort to negative reactions.
Extremists from Indonesia, have already demonstrated in front of the the US Embassy in Jakarta and have threatened to declare a Holy War. In the event this happens, the Christians of this archipelago would be the very first victims. Therefore, they have asked President Obama to intervene on the issue.
This event, and others, are taking place on the anniversary of 9/11 and being considered as a platform by American Islam haters. The construction of an Islamic center close to Ground Zero caused heated debates these last few weeks.
We have not forgotten yet that last year, the Dove World Outreach Center, a small group that was only created in 1986, distributed T- shirts carrying the scripts that depicted Islam as devilish. In fact, such an initiative was widely reported in different newspapers. However, this year, almost 50 members of the Baptist Church decided to move from insult to profanity
In the minds of Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove Center, although it would be tragic that lives would perish due to his project, his ideas are worth applying. He added that sooner or later Islam must be resisted strongly and rooted out from this world. He is neither sure whether the prayers and the calling to reason of general David Petraeus may make him change his mind.
Since all people have rights to adhere to a given church of their choice and they should live in community, no matter their religious beliefs, it should be better that the people of Christianity and Islam live in harmony. Living like dogs and cats will reach nowhere, except fuelling tensions that take lives of innocent people. These ideas are for extremist individuals and not the philosophy of the whole church.