Update: After weighing the options I’ve changed my mind – instead of lighting ablaze a book, I will bury one instead. This is in part because I will be in the field this weekend and lighting any fires in this tinder-box of a state is a terrible idea. But I have also given some thought to the act of burning. My protest of Terry Jones is peaceful – and I don’t want to attach the same stigma of burning that he has chosen to represent his ideals. Thanks for the comments and opinions!
I’m sure many have heard of the ridiculous efforts of pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida. This Saturday, September 11th, he is organizing “Burn a Quran day“, in remembrance of the terrorist attack of 9/11/01. While I disagree with all religion, I do not think all of their followers are evil (just a very few). Jones is inciting violence and hatred against muslims, a sentiment that is whole heartedly anti-American. What a great way to remember the innocent lives lost on that terrible day – by showing blatant racism and bigotry, by sharing the same hatred as the men who crashed those planes into the towers and by jeopardizing the lives of our troops (who they support) in the middle east fighting to liberate muslims. It would be infinitely more respectful to sit in peace on Saturday and hope for a better world.
Don’t get all in a huff over my blasphemy, I disrespect all religions equally. Burning the qur’an doesn’t bother me, nor does burning the bible, torah, talmud or veda – they are just books filled with the same ballpark messages and crazy fables.
In protest of the bigotry of Terry Jones and his supporters, I will burn his sacred book on Saturday. You should join me – in a message against all forms of fundamentalism.