Burning desire

Moving beyond the emotionally-charged uproar regarding U.S. Pastor Terry Jones’ plan to burn a Quran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, what I find most revealing is the reason why officials think it’s a bad idea. I’m not even going to delve into how fundamentally un-Christian this is – it’s pretty damn obvious. I’m conjuring the South Park version of Jesus (isn’t he just so adorable?), slumped over in a billowy chair in heaven, sighing over how people have completely missed his point. Luckily, some Christians have expressed offense. Even some Jews (this made me feel all warm and fuzzy) have condemned Jones for showing a blatant disrespect for a religion and its adherents as being unethical, xenophobic, racist, etc. Reverend Mixon effectively pointed out that it simply makes sense to support each other, stating, “Those of us who have known oppression should stand with those being oppressed”. But it’s worth noting that you don’t have to be a victim to stick up for people who are.

The American government, proving once again precisely why it’s a target in the first place, is basically urging Jones not to burn the Quran simply becuase they’re afraid it’s going to place Americans in greater danger. Who cares about those crazy Muslims when Barack Obama says that burning a holy text “could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities”?

Apparently, Jones is saying he won’t burn the Quran if he’s granted a meeting with the organizers of a proposed mosque near Ground Zero. I’m not really sure how that’s supposed to convince him that the Quran isn’t evil after all, but his point has been made – Christian fundamentalism is alive and well in America (in case you forgot), and there will always be jackasses from every religion to stoke the fires of hatred and ignorance. It’s too bad these zealots get any attention; then again, they remind us of how much work remains to be done.

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