posted on May, 24 2005 @ 03:49 PM
Several things came to mind when I read that article. First, a comment I made earlier today came to mind. Oy, now I'm quoting myself. Anyway, I said
something to the effect that Islamic nations are intollerant to other religions, but expect the western world to be totally tollerant of them.
Another thing that came to mind was that the preacher was looking for shock value and press, and he got it.
NPR's idea that the image of Jesus is handled by Christians the same way the Koran is by muslims is...Well, I'm not sure where that comes from. The
only possible picture we have of Christ would be the Shroud of Turin, and there is debate as to its authenticity. So, I suppose the statement could be
considered true, as every time I've handled an actual picture of Jesus Christ, I didn't not go through a ritual clensing.
In short, I would say everyone overreacted. The woman feeling threatened by the sign was really grasping for straws, but the pastor was being rather
extreme and trying to stir up controversy to make a point. I'll admit, however, that I have been guilty of both in the past.
Now, as to the contents of the sign its self, I disagree with the idea. As I have come to say quite often these days, you can't argue someone into
the Kingdom. If we were to take a stance of Koran flushing, we'll have said, essensially, that there is no hope for salvation for those who practice
the Muslim religion, and instead declare all out war. You're not going to win someone over to a religion of love through offending them, angering
them, or fighting with them. History has proven that, both in Christianity's past and Islam's past.