posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 03:12 PM
After following the different articles and postings on this, and careful thought must be given.
Should this pastor do this, no, does he have the right to do this act yes. And there are some thoughts about this that should be given pause for
thoughts on such.
Every politician and the General who has spoken out, every religious leader who has spoken against this action, have done nothing but fuel the fire
and should have remained silent on this issue.
The general public of the United States, the majority are under the belief, and rightly so, that we are involved in a protest against the extremist
elements of Islam, who are using terrorist tactics to commit acts of violence. We did not start this conflict against such, but we are in it now, as
in 9/11 that woke a giant. When that happened, there was a large sentiment against the Islamic world, and rightly so, as it was done in the name of
Islam, by a few nutjobs who thought they could attack without impunity. Afgainstan was under the control of the Taliban, and they had forgotten, that
during the Soviet occupation, it was the United States that backed the Afganistan people against that occupation, by supplying aid, support and
training to the resistence fighters.
Many people, who are not muslim or followers of the Islamic faith, really do not care about those who do, nor are so religious intolerant, however,
when you have continued acts of violence, such as the suspect in the Fort Hood shooting, the suspect in the Times Square bombing and the underware
bomber, only has caused more people to turn away from supporting the muslim population or even having sympathy. When you combine that along with the
site for the new Mosque in New York, then you now have the extremist on the other side coming out of the woodwork, taking a stand against what they
view as wrong. It is a matter of tolerance, and that is a pendelum that swings both ways. How long or tolerant must one group be, while the other
group keeps pushing, before the group being pushed back, says enough is enough?
More people, who have no issue one way or the other are starting to decide on what side of the line to stand, be it religious tolerance and that of
bigotry and intolerance. The pastor down in Florida is a case of such, he views that the situation with the Islamic world has pushed him to that
point. Many people, who live in countries where the freedom of speech is part of the law, are slowly finding those rights and freedoms being eroded,
on an unequal scale in favor of those who practice Islam, around the world. It is a shame that people are threatened with death and violence for
speaking out, or even ridiculing the muslim faith. Where the tolerance does not flow from the Muslim world, this is going to happen. It may be a
shame that a protestor got shot, but, what many people fail to realize, is that in the US, we do have the freedom of speech and we do have the right
to speak out and say just about anything we so desire. If it hurts someones feelings, tough, as long as that speech is not used to cause fear or
cause physical harm, then it is the responsiblity of all those living in those countries to stand up and back those acts. Anything else, only serves
to send a message of fear, and we must no longer live in fear and darkness.