To Curious Eyes,
Here is my humble opinion about International Burn a Quran Day:
The world we live in is very diverse. As we all know, not all humans are alike. People differ in many ways from what they look like to what they believe in. As a result, to live in harmony, there is an absolute necessity for tolerance among all. It is a grave ordeal to create such a society which shelters all people with equality. In the American Constitution, residents of the United States are given many rights, some of which other people around the world are deprived of. Shouldn’t these rights be used for the betterment of society? Or, should they be used to create unwanted conflict?
Dr. Terry Jones, the senior pastor from the Dove World Outreach Center, located in Gainesville, Florida, has planned an event which he refers to as “International Burn a Quran Day”. This event is to take place on September 11th. (Why would you use the death of 3,000 innocent human beings as an excuse to initiate more violence?) The church has also put up a sign which reads, Islam is of the Devil”.
Mr. Jones, if I were to meet you I’d tell you the truth, the truth which is never told. I’d tell you that Islam is a religion of peace. I’d tell you that the believers of Islam believe in Jesus as a prophet. I’d tell you that Muslims believe the t, also known as the New Testament, to be a book of God. Islam is not a religion of deception or fear.
The Muslim dominated countries which you refer to as users of oppression are non believers. Those so-called Muslims that kill people from other religions are not true believers. They are extremists. Extremists- you hear that word a lot in the news. An extremist is not a person who follows the teachings of their religion to the highest degree possible, instead they tend to manipulate it for their personal benefit. For example, Al Qaeda is called an extremist group. That does not mean that members of Al Qaeda follow the teachings of Islam devotedly. In fact, they do not follow the teachings of Islam at all. A Muslim is a believer of Islam. Islam does not teach any of the things Al Qaeda believes, so how can they be Muslims?
Mr. Jones, you live in such a country which gives you the freedom to do as you wish. I, humbly ask you to rethink your wish. What will you gain from burning the Holy Book of Islam? Why would you want to use your freedom to create chaos and a possible threat for violence? Just because you don’t believe in the Quran, doesn’t mean you should disrespect it. You say you don’t hate any people. If you don’t hate them, why are you burning their sacred book?
You have admitted that this act you have planned could result in violence. Why are you still doing it then? Doesn’t God want peace among the people? Are you doing anything to help that?
We are all diverse and we all believe in different things. But one thing which we all should have in common is tolerance.
I hope I was able to convey some of the truth. I am not yet an adult, but as children, aren’t we taught things like “Sharing is Caring” and tolerance? Where does all that go to when you turn into an adult?
I am Perfect. Ha, if only.