Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A refreshingly rational perspective on “Burn a Koran Day”

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Pastor Terry Jones
Pastor Terry Jones
[source: NY Daily News]

I’ve already voiced my opposition to the movement, launched by Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, called “International Burn a Koran Day”. Here’s a short piece that reflects my exact thoughts on the matter:

We must be the better person. We must be bigger than our problems. Bigger than the times in which we live. Burning the Koran is like burning the flag or the Bible. You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it? You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved. None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.

Let us rise above the current levels and elevate ourselves and our country. The only thing this act would prove is that you CAN burn a Koran. I didn’t know America was in doubt on that fact. Let’s prove to each other that while there are many things we can do, there are maybe many more things that we choose not to do.

Surprisingly reasonable and eloquent … for a piece coming from Glenn Beck.

(via @mozaffar)