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87. 9-11 and the Quran Burning Controversy

This special 9-11 edition looks at the firestorm resulting from the proposed Quran burning in Florida.

SINCE YOU ASKED

By now, you”ve probably heard of the firestorm created by the planned (now canceled) 9-11 burning of Qurans at the Rev. Terry Jones” Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. Condemnation has come from nearly every public figure on earth, it seems. I thoroughly understand the criticism. Christians are to take the high road, promoting love, not hatred. We should be drawing closer to the Lord, praying for all our neighbors, including Muslims, and courageously (and joyfully) sharing the gospel. This is what I have been saying at my church. God is expecting the Church to finally start acting like the Church-doing the things we”ve always been called to do. I get it.
 
The worldwide backlash, however, raises a question that demands an answer: What are Christians permitted to do to express their outrage and opposition to a religion and ideology that threatens their very existence and blasphemes the God of the Bible-the God of Israel? Are we to sit silently while Christ and His kingdom are maligned and while well organized (and publicized) plots to destroy us are unfolding before our eyes? Is there anything we would be permitted to do? Offhand, I can”t think of anything. The controversy over the Ground Zero Mosque exemplifies the dilemma. Those who oppose it are labeled as un-American intolerant Islamophobes who should be investigated to determine their real source of funding.¬†
 
To say that Christians live under a monumental double standard is an understatement. Typically, Christians around the world have not retaliated with violence against the everyday massacres, kidnapping, and Buy cheap levitra imprisonments by Muslims. The love of Christ prevents them from doing this. Muslims, however, know no such restraints. It doesn”t take much to unleash the fury of the entire Muslim world. The world casino has been “trained” to tiptoe around Muslims so as not to make them mad. After all, if they don”t get their way, the world might explode.¬†
 
Gen. David Petraeus warns the Quran burnings could inflame the Muslim world and imperil U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Hillary Clinton declares it “disgraceful.” Sarah Palin calls it a “provocation.” President Obama calls it “a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaida. You could have serious violence in … Pakistan and Afghanistan,” and Muslims could be inspired “to blow themselves up.” The State Department has put U.S. embassies on alert in the near 50 countries where Muslims are a majority. The Vatican calls the bonfire “an outrageous and grave gesture. … No one burns the Quran.

AS I SEE IT

When has the Muslim world not been ready to explode? You”ve no doubt heard what happen to the Danish cartoonist. You probably haven”t heard that recently, Muslims in Kashmir rioted over what they thought was a mosque depicted on underwear sold by street vendors. The mob forced businesses to close and battled police over the blasphemous skivvies. The alleged mosque was actually a building resembling London”s St. Paul”s Cathedral. Six years ago, Muslims threatened German supermodel Claudia Schiffer with death after she wore a Karl Lagerfeld-designed dress printed with a saying from the Quran. In 1997, outraged Muslims forced Nike to recall 800,000 shoes because they claimed the company”s “Air” logo looked like the Arabic script for “Allah.” In 1998, Muslims got all worked up over Unilever”s ice cream logo, which Muslims claimed looked like “Allah” if read upside-down and backward. In 2002, an al-Qaida-linked jihadist cell plotted to blow up Bologna, Italy”s Church of San Petronio because it displayed a 15th century fresco depicting Mohammed being tormented in the ninth circle of Hell. For years, Muslims had demanded that the art be removed.
 
British statesman Edmund Burke is known for reminding us that evil flourishes when good men do nothing. This is exactly what happened

in Nazi Germany. The world stood around doing nothing while Hitler developed his “final solution.” The world”s failure to deal with Iran”s President Ahmadinejad is setting the stage for a second Jewish Holocaust worse than the first. In America, our failure to act is setting the stage for a “hostile takeover” without a single shot being fired.

So, let”s widen the scope of our original question: What are Americans permitted to do to express their outrage and opposition to a religion and ideology that threatens their very existence? Burning Qurans may not be the answer, but doing nothing is insane and suicidal. In my book, Islam and the Last Days (http://www.edrodgers.net/islam-and-the-last-days).¬† I¬†list ten things America could do to guarantee our survival. What do you think? Maybe you disagree with my overall premise. That”s okay. I welcome your comments and suggestions. I”ll post them in future issues.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

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Why is negotiating with Muslim leaders a bad idea? Listen to an interview I did with TruNews not long ago.


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