"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."
September 9, 2010
First and foremost, let me say this, burning the Quran or any other book from any other religion is protected free speech under the First Amendment. Nothing should hinder your right to burn a book of any sort.
Here's the first catch... There's a difference between your right to do something and your ability to do something. In order to burn anything with miscellaneous inks you must have a permit. It's merely a safety permit, meant to do nothing more than alert the police and fire department of the event and ensure the patrons know what's expected of them safety wise.
That brings us to catch number two... The pastor says he doesn't care if Americans, specifically American soldiers overseas, are inured or killed by Islamic fundamentalists due to his Quran burning event. He says he absolves himself of all responsibility, and he's right. We cannot blame him for the crimes other people commit. However, we can blame him for provoking people to commit crimes. This is what he seems not to understand. It's unfortunate that Islamic extremists are not known for their accuracy. Otherwise they'd simply kill the pastor and his congregation. But they won't do that. They'll just kill dozens of US soldiers and bomb some American embassies.
Which brings us to catch number three... It's interesting that the most understanding group in this situation are the American Muslim leaders. The same sort of leaders who the pastor swears are Satan worshipers. Ironic? I think so.
Catch number four, anyone?... Finally the local authorities have revoked his permit to hold the event. Why? Not because he doesn't have a right to burn books. But because his event indirectly threatens the safety of his congregation and American citizens overseas. I think that's a good enough reason to revoke a safety permit. So now if the pastor burns a single book the police can arrest him on spot. Will that assuage the Islamic fundamentalists? Probably not, but it's something.
Finally, catch number five... The pastor has just agreed that he will not be burning the Qurans anymore because he struck a deal with Islamic leaders to move the NYC WTC mosque to a further location. I wonder, if they're basically Satan worshipers, doesn't this constitute a deal with the Devil? But the Islamic leaders say no such agreement was ever made. What does this mean? The pastor is lying! He wants to shift attention and blame onto the Muslims so that he doesn't look so bad. He can get upset and rant and rave all over TV about how they reneged on the deal. I guess it's okay to lie so long as it's a lie for Jesus, right?
Author: SgtHaile at 11:35 PM