Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Don Rose: How might the Judeo-Christian world respond to Islamists burning a bible or a torah?

Don asks over at Chicago Daily Observer: How might the Judeo-Christian world respond to Islamists burning a bible or a torah? (And congrats by the way on winning the Chicago Journalists Association annual “Sarah Brown Boyden” journalism contest in the commentary category for his columns published on CDO.)

I commented: With relief. It’s the videoed beheadings that get to me.

Were it only cartoons, Salman Rushdie, and burning texts, the world would be a far more peaceful place.


Jaume de Marcos Andreu said...

Burning a Bible or a Torah is not the spiritual equivalent of burning a Koran. The core of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus, and the gospels and letters are tales and reflections about him. The core of the Jewish faith is the Covenant between Yahweh and the Chosen People, of which the Bible is a written witness and development. But the core of the Islamic faith is the Koran itself, because it is the Word of God given to humans, and therefore is God himself becoming manifest among us, being Muhammad only the deliverer or transmitter of it. Burning the Koran (in its Arabic form, translations do not have the same value) is like burning Jesus Christ for Christians.

Bill Baar said...

Yes, well aware, and what is the equivelent of decapitating Danny Pearl and having him say My name is (Daniel Pearl), I am a Jewish-American... and then publishing the video of his decapitation on the internet as The Slaughter of the Spy-Journalist, the Jew Daniel Pearl as an Islamist Recruitment video?

Somehow I think God would smile on us burning his literal words rather than decapitating our fellow human beings for videos.

In fact I'm quite certain God feels that way. Quite certain.

Chalicechick said...

I had this discussion when it was a Koran getting urinated on in Guantanamo Bay. The Christians I was arguing with claimed to be fine with a bible getting urinated on, but for whatever reason objected to a flag getting urinated on.

But then, when you bring up decapitation, you are talking about the actions of the fringiest of the fringe, and I was arguing with regular mainstream Christians I knew. The regular mainstream Muslims I know don't like decapitation any more than the regular mainstream Christians I know like people killing abortion doctors.

Bill Baar said...

Main stream Muslims more often than not the ones getting decapitated or the Mosques blown up by suicide bombers.

Were I Obama, I would have sought to have this preacher arrested by the way, for some reason. He got people killed with this stunt and put ISAF troops in danger.

A sidenote worthy of seperate blog post tonight was this comment by Richard Cohen today,

John Brown confronted pre-Civil War America with a dilemma. He had either murdered or approved of murder in the cause of anti-slavery and he led an insurrection at Harpers Ferry. The vicissitudes of life (the deaths of children and of his first wife) and especially the searing injustice of slavery had taken a toll on him. He was possibly mad, but his cause certainly was not, and when the state of Virginia hanged him, not a few people -- among them Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau -- thought a great man had been murdered.

This Pastor no John Brown and he's badly informed about our Muslim allies and the Civil War they confront against suicidal and murderous Islamists, but he understands the threat...kind of like JB.

Chalicechick said...

Under what law could one arrest the preacher?

Bill Baar said...

I haven't a clue.

As a guy who went through some rocket attacks though in response to domestic politics back home, I'd appreciat one. This Rev was making a needles provaction that endangered troops, civilians, and the greater war effort.

There's gotta be a law..

Chalicechick said...

I really don't think there is one.

Bill Baar said...

I'd pull the Church's tax exemption for starters.