September 8, 2010
Penn of Denn
People who call themselves Christians can be so stupid at times. Have you heard about the church in Florida that is planning a Qur’an burning? Seriously, the Dove World Outreach Center church is planning a “Burn a Qur’an Day” to commemorate the 9th anniversary of 9/11. Seriously!
The pastor, Terry Jones, has been advised by authorities that his bonfire will have repercussions around the world, inciting Islamic extremists and endangering Americans in Islamic countries, but he refuses to back down. Jones claims the Qur’an is an evil book that contradicts the Bible. If that is his criteria for burning books then he’d better build himself a bigger fire.
That is the same mentality that burnt witches and burnt crosses, they rationalize their actions but in the end, they besmirch the name of Christ and his church.
Jones has apparently never read Voltaire who wrote, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Or for that matter Jesus who said, “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.” I don’t know the Jesus that is worshipped at the Dove World Outreach Center but he sure doesn’t look like the one I read about in the Gospels.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.