The Conservative View
by Russell Turner
An Example to Learn
Over the past week there has been a furor about the pastor in Florida that scheduled a Koran burning to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that happened 9 years ago. I did not have any friends or relatives that died in that attack and I can only imagine the feelings that the loved ones have about the senseless loss of life that day. All true Americans were outraged at what had happened and we were ready for vengeance, but before we took action we tried to find out who was responsible and take the appropriate action.
I was raised in a Christian household and that is my belief system; however I also respect the right of anyone to believe in whatever they want to. I definitely do not agree with a group of madmen that would kill themselves and thousands of innocent men and women because they think that they would become martyrs and go to heaven and have 72 virgins at their disposal. It is my understanding that Muslims, like other religions, believe that their god is the one true god and if anyone disagrees with that belief they are at war with that person until judgment day. If the Muslim religion is truly a religion of peace and acceptance of others, maybe they should issue a statement that they respect other religions and will only try to convert others to their beliefs by peaceful means and would join in the fight against anyone who would use violence to promote their beliefs.
We Christians, much of the time, are too laid back when it comes to professing our faith and our way of life. One thing that you have to give to the Muslim world is they can get riled up when anyone critizes their faith. Let some little church with a membership of 50 people suggest having a book burning and Muslims from many countries start rioting and burning American flags and threatening violence against all Americans. If a group of Muslims decided to buy and burn a bunch of Bibles, let them do it as long as they don’t come into my home and try to burn mine. If there was a Koran burning in my area I wouldn’t waste my time going to it, if someone wants to burn the Koran or 100 dollar bills let them waste their time. One thing that we need to remind the world, our country is one of a few that could have vaporized entire countries. We refuse to act like madmen even though thousands of our people were murdered. Today we see people in the streets acting like madmen just because someone half a world away want to burn a book.
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