OT: Quran, Mosques, and Emotions

This post is entirely off topic, its political and religious and all the things unsafe to talk about at work.  If you decided to ignore this post, I wouldn’t fault you.

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I am walking in murky water on this one and maybe I am alone with it too.  But, if it’s OKAY to build a mosque near the 9/11 site– despite the violence and protests it’s causing… why isn’t it also OKAY to burn the Quran?  Both of these matters are in fact constitutionally protected, there is nothing illegal about either.  I’d even go as far to say that the motives behind both are equally politically driven.  It just seems to me that we are being awfully hypocritical of the whole thing.

Now, before you get upset, I am surely not suggesting that we should burn the Quran.  I am just pointing out that it’s hypocritical for one to be supported by the President as a good– despite the reality that it alienates and upsets a substantial amount of people; whereas the other is being called against by the President as bad– because it alienates and upsets a substantial amount of people.  So which is it?  The President says we need allies if we are going to win the fight against terrorists.  I agree.  But, we also need Americans, who aren’t being rejecting and alienated for the “sake of our allies”, to fight against terrorism too!

At the end of the day:

If the Islamic center really cared about uniting people, it wouldn’t do it by willfully upsetting so many people by its choice of location.  On the flip side… if the church really preached the Bible, it wouldn’t be burning the Quran– it’d be out loving on the Muslim community and lifting people up.

Both have everything to do with pride & vanity and nothing to do with right & wrong or with the 1st amendment.

-A

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