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Burning Books Never Solved Anything

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A church in Gainesville, Florida has decided that it would be somehow beneficial for them to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11th. I couldn’t disagree more.

Those who know me are aware of the fact that I am a Christian and that I do not support nor endorse the religion of Islam. Far from it, actually. But I know that if I were to turn on my television and see a group of Muslims burning the Bible, I would be angry and upset. Why? Because the Bible is precious to me.

The Bible is, what I believe to be, the revealed word of the Creator of the universe. Now, I’m not here to make a case for the Bible, much less a case for the Qur’an. But I know that the Bible is a book I would like to see in every village, every city, every country, every continent. I want people to read it. I want Muslims to read it. I want Jews to read it. I want Buddhists, Taoists, Pagans, Shintoists, Hindus, atheists and agnostics to read it. And considering that many of them obviously don’t do it enough, I want Christians to read it. Destroying one copy of that book deprives someone of a chance to read it. And frankly, it’s the same with the Qur’an.

If Christians were concerned about the souls of Muslims, which they should be according to…the Bible, they would do well to read the Qur’an, not burn it. How will a Christian convert a Muslim without knowing Islam? And how else will a Christian learn about Islam without a Qur’an?

The Qur’an is not sacred nor precious to me, but I can say that I do understand why it is important to Muslim people around the world. Burning the Qur’an only fans the flames of ignorance toward a people who Christians should reach out to, a people who also trace their spiritual lineage to Abraham. Every time a copy of the Muslim holy book is burned, Christians are one step further from reaching the Muslim community. It’s time that we Christians step in a different direction.

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  • John Lake

    You are absolutely kee-rect!
    How can we criticize Islam, if we don’t have any insight into that system of belief?
    Religion in America, and around the world sometimes goes from something good at the onset, to something not-so-good, as time goes by. Being steadfastly AGAINST! someone else’s religion may seem right, but is in fact, WRONG!
    Before we look to the speck in someone else’s eye, we should consider the beam in our own.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Braden,

    I agree that we should respect one another beliefs. Also, if You were to tell me that a little green frog created the universe because that’s what you were raised to believe, then I would respect that.I just wouldn’t believe it.

    I think that freedom of religion and witnessing are not the same, because the later requires you to impose you’re belief system on someone else. The witnessing, requires that you convince the other person that they are wrong. Nobody likes to be wrong.

    Freedom of Religion gives you the right to practice you’re faith openly without fear of reprisal from the government and other faiths.

    JD – That’s the way I see it, anyway. Good article! :D

  • KC

    Braden, You are correct sir. How can one spread a message of love and compassion through hate? It makes no sense.
    KC

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    I beg to differ. History has taught us that messages of love and compassion can be quite effectively spread thusly:

    “Convert to MyReligion (TM) and I will exhibit love and compassion towards you by [select one]:
    a) Massacring everyone
    b) Stealing your property/land/game/wife/children/whatever else takes my fancy
    c) Enslaving you
    d) Beating the living shit out of you anyway
    e) Not torturing you, at least not for much longer than I already have been doing
    f) Not chopping your head off with this sharp and impressively large sword
    g) Throwing you and your neighbours into a confined space, locking the doors and setting fire to it
    h) All of the above.

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Yes, I feel the love…

  • http://theinnercircle.wordpress.com theFool

    I couldn’t agree with you more!

    …and I do share the common Christianity faith with the author.

  • Arch Conservative

    I also agree that this guy in Gainesvillle is an idiot. Burning the quaran is pointless and proves nothing.

    I just wish the left would apply the apply to the same standards to all religions. While they rightly critisize this guy, they celebrate “piss christ,” and “elephant dung mary.”

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Arch, you’re not really helping matters with your view of the left as one homogenous block.

    Are there any leading left-wing figures you can point to who are actually on record as both applauding ‘Piss Christ’ and decrying the Quran-burning?

    I, for one, fully support Pastor Jones’s right to contribute to the greenhouse effect; I also fully support my own right to consider him a berk.

  • http://adreamersholiday.blogsop.com Lee Richards

    When someone praises THEIR “holy” book, I suspect they’re really praising the parts they like and identify with, and ignoring all the parts that are stupid, cruel, intolerant, mythological, demonstrably in error, or open to interpretations they don’t like.
    The literalists and fundamentalists of every religion are basically alike. They believe they have the revealed truth and everyone else is wrong, they know what their god says and means and everyone else is deaf and doomed to eternal hell–a situation many of the annointed are gleeful to contemplate. They also have a messiah complex–listen to them and be saved.
    Deciding to burn an idea rather than debate it is the action of a brain so crazed by warped religion that it is lost to rationality now and probably always. And burning the person holding that feared idea is not so far behind. Bible believers and Quran followers alike have done it often enough before.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/realist Realist

    I just hope that any Americans attacked over Jones’ action get to see all the comments here on Blogcritics. They would then have great insight into why they paid for the actions of fools.

  • http://heloise8.wordpress.com/ Heloise

    Terry Jones burns plan for Koran conflagration. The city said you need a permit to burn outdoors and Jones and his fifty parishioners did not have one. He said the Iman talked to him or God, I forget and said that he would move the center. But that is not confirmed. It was a figment of Jones’ imagination.

  • Doug Hunter

    When I first heard this story I was disappointed, but after further reflection this is a perfect example of what America is all about. It’s hard to keep one idiot in 300+ million from doing something like this… yet we unite together and try. It’s an easy shortcut to use the government and label it hate speech or find some law to charge him with and simply shut the thing down, and many other countries would… but we won’t. I’m not proud of Terry Jones for wanting to burn Koran’s, but I am proud of our response. We stick to our principles of freedom of speech and limited government while optimistically striving to do the right thing and pressuring others to do likewise. We, as a nation, are collectively embarassed when one of us threatens to burn a book, don’t think that message goes unheard…

  • frustrated

    I agree, it’s pointless to burn a book. Are we Nazi’s?? I am a Christian, but we don’t have the right to burn somebody else’s sacred text regardless of what we think of it. I was furious when I saw that idiot last night burning both the Bible and the Quran. I hope he gets the sack, and I hope ministers who believe in burning religious books get the sack as well. We are in Australia and we have freedom of religion, as well as freedom of speech but that does not allow us to destroy and show complete disregard to somebody else’s deepest beliefs. God gave us free will and we should respect the free will of others to believe. I pray for people, I don’t push my views on them. That only turns them away! That doesn’t mean that I stand idily by when someone attacks what I beleive, I don’t agree that we should have to be Ned Flanders to be a Christian, but we also shouldn’t belittle other people. The world is hard enough, why can’t we just respect each other??