I don't think we should take the guy's rights away. If he wants to burn the Koran and people also want to, he has the Constitutional right to do
But I don't think that having the right to do something necessarily means it's a good, considerate, or sensible action. There have been many warnings
of backlash from this event, backlash that could result in deaths of people who are not in Gainesville, FL - like, our soldiers. Islam has been
distorted in such a way that there are some very scary Muslim extremists living in the world who would not think twice about attacking us for this.
This makes the pastor a d-bag looking for publicity and cash and membership, without a care as to whether his actions have consequences. Real
Christians accept people, not alienate them. This guy is just a bigoted hypocrite.
And I know what people will say; it's a free country, and Islam can and SHOULD be criticized as much as the rest of the religions, and if someone
disagrees with it, they are within their rights to burn the Koran. I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment - Remember Draw Muhammed Day, in
response to those episodes of South Park? I thought that was a smart and funny way to respectfully point out that Islam is just as susceptible to
humor and criticism as the rest of the religions. However, that resulted in Pakistan banning Facebook... people lost a bit of their freedom in
Pakistan because of something we organized in response to something silly about Islam.
I guess my point is that there is a valid reason why sometimes we can't say or do certain things about Islam. The Koran, which really IS a book of
peace, has been messed with by some crazy and violent people, and now there IS backlash to be had, whether it is people losing THEIR freedom in other
countries or us losing our lives here. We must tread with caution - the rest of the world doesn't understand Constitutional freedom, as seen with the
quote somewhere before where the 18 year old kid from Kabul says the President must be endorsing this because it's not being stopped. He doesn't
understand, because where he is, you can't do things your government doesn't agree with. They have been brainwashed as much as the 5 year olds holding
"God Hates Fags" signs at soldier's funerals have been brainwashed, and the people who are in control in the Middle East, those who 'say' they are
Muslim, are some of the best brainwashers.
Please understand that although it doesn't seem right, we have to be cautious of what we say and do about Islam and take baby steps to liberate the
Middle East (in a bit of a different way than Iraq lol) and make sure Islam goes back to its real roots, or else suicide bombings never stop and it
will continue to be unsafe for Islam to be criticized on the same level as any other religion in America.
So, the guy can go ahead and burn the Koran. But he is looking at an issue with lots of different angles very simplistically, and being very selfish
because of it. It makes me sick that he would actually put people's lives in danger because he is too stupid to take off his blinders and realize that
terrorism issues are WAY more complex than "Islam is crazy." He should stick with preaching to his church crowd rather than stirring up controversy
across the world and putting our soldiers and civilians in needless danger.
edit on 9/8/2010 by spacekc929 because: fixed spelling