To Morgan Friedman on Facebook:
The first amendment states “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, the press, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Therefore, the same amendment that protects the rash and dangerous actions of a pastor from a small Florida church also protects the religion of islam. I have a challenge for you: before you burn that Koran, read it. Don’t allow yourself to be misinformed by others, read it and decide for yourself. If you don’t like what’s inside it, feel free to burn it, just please don’t video-tape it, for the safety of our troops abroad. I’m a devout christian who has taken it upon herself to read the holy books of all the major religions. One is only a true christian until he/she has examined his or her faith and others and chosen to come back to christianity based on the divine truth discovered on the journey. during my reading of the Koran, I realized just how horribly bastardized the islam practiced by Al Qaida, Hamas, the Taliban, and other extremist books really is. The Koran, while not in fact the divine word you or I recognize, preaches peace, love and TOLERANCE OF OTHER RELIGIONS. Al Qaida takes advantage of illiterate, under-educated muslims, blames the west for their under-education/poverty, and turns almost the entire religion on its head, using quotes that are taken grossly out of context. Not only that, but the Koran contains the entire christian bible inside its pages, though, often in arabic, not latin or vernaculars. Finally, Jesus preached turning the other cheek and loving thy neighbor and thy enemy. though we, on a national scale, certainly cannot sit back while extremists ransack our nation, we need to extend love and salvation to the muslims, especially the innocent children who have done nothing wrong but be born by a family with misguided ideals. Islam was originally, and in mainstream practice, still is, a religion of peace and love. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself.
An elaboration on the “rash and dangerous actions of the pastor of a small Florida church”:
Think of it this way: you are what you worship. Islam in its true form and its many bastardizations aside, muslims worship from the Koran. Therefore, when you set fire to a Koran, you set fire anti-american sentiments in ordinarily moderate muslims. Mohammad created the idea of the jihad, the term now used interchangeably with “act of terror”, to refer to a struggle taking place to defend the religion of islam. Extremists perverted this term, as well as the rest of the religion, to fit their political agenda, attacking the west. The short version if this political story is that Bin Ladin was trained by the CIA in the 1980s to fight in the Mujahadeen against Russia. He was originally from Saudi Arabia. But, after the war, he returned to Saudi Arabia, to find (quite justly, in fact) that the Sauds were not good rulers of his country, and persisted in trying to overthrow them. The US is dependent on Saudi oil, so, we backed up Saudi Arabia when they decided to exile him. Over a decade and much hardship later, Bin Laden is (if he’s still alive) infatuated with getting revenge on the united states and the west. He uses twisted evidence to back up to his “jihadis” that Islam has been attacked. Which brings us, after a long and tangental journey, back to the burning of Korans: if a group of americans are to burn the Koran, they are directly attacking Islam, not just the fringe idiots, which, by the way, exist in nearly every religion. If this happens, moderates will have real justification for Jihad, and, Al Qaida will have a sudden, enormous influx of recruits. Would you not react with anger and hatred to someone who burnt a Bible or a Torah? Attacking a political movement is fine. Attacking a movement within a religion is also fine. But If you attack a religion itself, (especially with such deep roots in your own), you will inspire a strong, hateful reaction, ending in death, destruction, and despair, and leaving no chance for peace, love, tolerance, or redemption. And isn’t that what all of our religions are about in the first place?