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News of the Day: International Read the Koran Day

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If some crazy person can dub Sept. 11 as “International Burn the Koran Day,” then this crazy person can dub it “International Read the Koran Day.” Can’t I?

I have a copy and already read it cover to cover about seven years ago. It has some beautiful stuff and some dry and boring stuff just like any religious text I’ve ever picked up. Sure, my copy is the Penguin Classics translation and most purists would say it doesn’t even count, but I plan to read from it again on Saturday anyway.

Maybe my memory fails me – it was years ago – but I don’t recall anything instructing people to crash airliners into tall buildings. I don’t recall anything particularly violent or inciting toward violence in those pages at all, certainly no more so than much to be found in the Old Testament anyway.

Is anyone with me on this? Maybe if enough people in the United States take this approach, we can help the rest of the world forget the crazy idea of that other crazy person.

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  • Writing about a text dating from the mid-7th century, you quip: “I don’t recall anything instructing people to crash airliners into tall buildings.” Hardy ha-ha-ha! That joke was so funny, I forgot to laugh.

    But then you disingenuously add, “I don’t recall anything particularly violent or inciting toward violence in those pages at all.”

    The Qur’an is not a how-to manual. It is a work of enormous historical, spiritual and cultural significance. It also exerts huge political influence, as evidenced by events over the past decade. The 19 Wahhabis who hijacked and crashed four airliners on 9/11, killing themselves and 2,977 innocent victims, were not Mormons. They were Muslims, far more familiar with The Qur’an than you are. The men who savagely butchered the face of a young Afghan woman, depicted on the August 9, 2010 cover of Time magazine, were not Jesuit priests. They were Islamic fundamentalists, rigorously enforcing their interpretation of The Qur’an.

    It’s not just a book, Todd. It’s a symbol. And it has an indelibly bloody footprint. To pretend otherwise, even in jest, is contemptible.

  • You must agree then that the Qur’an isn’t the only holy book of enormous historical, spiritual, and cultural significance that exerts huge political influence as evidenced by events over the past many decades. There is another holy book that has an even longer history of leaving indelibly bloody footprints throughout the world. (Pretty clever that you deleted the last clause of my third paragraph when you quoted me.) And you know what? I’m all for reading rather than burning that one as well as was obviously the point of my pithy post. Maybe you missed that because you forgot to laugh.

  • By the way A.B., it’s either creepy if you are or a sick joke if you aren’t affiliated with what you chose for a website link.

  • doug m.

    So are Christians all tagged by the same brush for people who commits acts in the name of their god?

    I thinks its safe to say AB has no idea what the hijackers knew. And if he supports the burning of Korans, he is obviously against the US troops.

  • Jordan Richardson

    A.B. Caliph, good to see you back to your old tricks. Did Mr. Kurtz give you permission to come out and play?

  • A Reader

    I support your idea. Can you motivate it with social media like a facebook fan page or perhaps set up a website for this purpose to rally the good and tolerant? I think you’ll find many supporters in the woodwork. It conveys a broader message to countervail their message of hatred.

  • Todd, it’s lame that when I mention The Qur’an’s indelibly bloody footprint, you counter that the Old Testament “has an even longer history of leaving indelibly bloody footprints throughout the world.” In other words, it’s fine for Muslims to act like savages because, after all, Jews and Christians have been acting that way even longer. I say we should condemn all religiously motivated violence. Reading The Qur’an does not contribute to that goal. Burning The Qur’an, by contrast, is a step in the right direction. But one thing at a time. We can get around to burning The Holy Bible on Christmas and The Torah on Passover, etc.

  • Jordan Richardson

    I think you’d have trouble convincing the good people at Dove World to burn the Bible on Christmas. Todd’s counter isn’t “lame” at all when you consider who exactly is leading the charge on the issue of burning the Qu’ran. Context is everything.

  • “Burning The Qur’an is a step in the right direction. But one thing at a time. We can get around to burning The Holy Bible on Christmas and The Torah on Passover, etc.”

    Well, at least your true colors are on display now. But the mistake you make is equating 9/11 with Christmas and Passover.

  • Sekhar

    My goodness! who is this caliph? Burning Quran is a step in the right direction, While accepting that it incites burning bibles? Then what is it you want to advocate by burning? Hatred or peace?

    I can never imagine that a priest -in the name of holy god, in the name of 9/11 destruction caused by a section of people of a religion- would preach to burn a book that is equally holy to another religion. This happened in medieval ages between and within various religions throughout the civilizations. The US has no particular civilization. People from various civilizations, that too lately, came to settle in the US. It is a conglomeration of several religious, racial and national people. Hence it is supposed to be more tolerant and accommodating. But this priest, seems to be felt the lack of medieval history of bloodbath for his country, wants to make such a history in the modern times of love and tolerance.

    I don’t remember any mullah was among those who drove planes into the lives of thousands.

    When a priest ceases to be a priest, maybe things like this happen. But still, no, I can never imagine such things happen by any means. The people who drove planes into skyscrapers may believe in Quoran. Does it mean everybody who believes in Quoran on this planet tends to drive planes or cars into buildings?

    A mother who loves her children also love other children, at least doesn’t hate. A mother is always a mother throughout her life. A priest is supposed to be so. The people who resort to terrorist activities to acquire political goal, are terrorists. No doubt about it. But how this priest can be defined who preached to burn a holy book in retaliation to a terrorist attack a decade back? Commemoration of terrorists or dead innocents?

    If we support and allow burning of Quoran how can we justifiably condemn the burning of christian holy book to commemorate those killed in the US’ Afghan attack?

    People are moving forward, but priests and mullahs remained in medieval age and even going back to Paleolithic age.

  • fathi zahdeh

    Koran is a holy book from the heaven,which is showing the superurity of god,morality,history and other aspects.

    This book do not belong to a specific nation or people,it belongs to any one who believe that there is only one god whom we can not see,but we can realize by his presentation by looking around us,by the air we breath,the water we drink and many other amazing things around us.

    An important point which we should know that Jesus is mentioned in the Koran,examples of some versus :

    (Qur’an, Al-Imran 3:45-47)
    “When the angel said, “Mary, god gives you a good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, -high honoured shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God. He shall speak to men in the cradle, and of age, and righteous he shall be, “lord” said Mary “How shall I have a son, seeing no mortal has touched me? “Even so, he said “God creates what He will”.
    When he decrees a thing He but say to it, “Be”, and it is.

    Qur’an 2:253 Surah Al-Baqarah (The Heifer)

    Those apostles We endowed with gifts some above others: to one of them god spoke; others He raised to degrees (of honor); to Jesus the son of Mary We gave clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit. If god had so willed succeeding generations would not have fought among each other after clear (Signs) had come to them but they (chose) to wrangle some believing and others rejecting. If god had so willed they would not have fought each other; but god fulfilleth His plan.

    And many other verses which mentioned our beloved prophets Moses,Abraham
    and others beside many verses for our beloved Jesus.

    Should this holy book be burned which is the words of god sent by a messenger.

    Another important point which we should know that muslims know by the says of prophet Mohammad that Jesus will be back to the world before the date of judgement to lead all of us to the truth.

    We should not be fanatic,because god is not a human and do not belong to any specific nation.

  • Kursad Yilmazoglu

    hey guys

    if a person suffers from an illness at the heart; that would require a rather thorough and multidimensional operation to get him rid of the crap he hides so deep..

    in case he wishes to go through one of course.

    so u just let him go to hell