You would have to look for a long time (or in Texas) before you could find someone who hates Islam more than I do.
I have read the Quran, cover to cover, and yes it was a translation. But you know what? If you believe a Muslim can’t adequately translate the Quran into English, a language with more words than any other on Earth, then maybe you are horrible at Arabic and are reading into it what you want to believe it says. If I tried to defend Leninism by saying “Well, you just don’t understand Russian, it is not a dictatorship at all...” that would make me an idiot twice over.
The Quran is violent, it calls on members to kill non-believers, and it promises eternal fire for those who fail to submit to the will of Allah. There is no debating this very clear fact.
I’ve said this all before, but it was in the climate of the Mohammed/South Park fiasco, so people jumped on board. This news cycle, we’re supposed to have sympathy for Muslims, so it’s not “cool” to attack Islam at the moment. It is almost funny how people have zero principles and will feel whatever they are told to feel.
Should Muslims be allowed to build something near Ground Zero? Of course. Do people have the right to act upset about it? Actually, they do. They can’t physically stop them, but they can complain all they want. They can even stand outside the place during construction or once it’s built with placards showing dead victims of Islamic attacks if they want. You should even be able to park a pork hotdog stand out front.
I don’t see why it’s getting so much airtime in the news, but I guess seeing two religions clash is entertaining to people. More entertaining than real news, like how Republicans blocked the passage of a bill that would grant health benefits to those injured during the rescue efforts. How patriotic, and Christian…
What I don’t get is this: as much as I find Islam to be a violent faith which calls for the death of infidels such as myself, why does that mean I should oppose the building project? There seems to be a logical gap. I guess I just actually believe in a little thing called “freedom.”
I think the reasons given boil down to two factors:
1. Christians aren’t used to feeling threatened
2. 9/11 (aka, the “Giuliani” argument)
Christians are inherently threatened by other faiths. It is in the nature of the monotheistic religions to be intolerant of others. When the most important rule of your religion is that your god is not only the best god, but the only god, there’s bound to be some clashing when two such faiths butt heads.
And don’t give me this kumbaya, liberal bullshit about how they’re all the same god. Unless you have actually read the Jewish texts, the Christian texts, and the Muslim texts, keep your dumb mouth shut. I can assure you: they aren’t talking about the same being. All three gods are definitely dicks, but that just means they might be related.
[If you honestly want to debate the above issue, save it and accept my acknowledgment that you’re “right,” but you should know that you’re really missing the point.]
To Christians, the mere visible presence of another belief is disconcerting, and if they can associate that irrational fear with something tangible and real, they will perform rhetorical gymnastics. The fact that Muslims are building something near Ground Zero (not a mosque, and not even at the site itself) isn’t the real problem, it’s just the only thing they can publicly argue without sounding [too much] like religious bigots.
One cannot point to 9/11 as justification for anything. It’s the new “Godwin’s Law.” If you have to resort to using 9/11 to justify something, you lose. Period. End of debate. You’re buying drinks.
You want to talk about offensive? How about insultingly rude billboards along every rural highway in this country pimping your savior out like he’s got the best RV deals in the state?
Christians: kindly remove that plank of wood from your eye before complaining to your neighbor about the sliver in his, or are you slow-minded morons not up to that part in your book yet? Or how about you judge not, lest ye be judged? Or why doesn't the one of you who never sinned cast the first stone? Seriously, all you do is talk about reading that thing, you never actually picked one up, have you? Too busy handing them out to actually sit down with one, perhaps?
[You like how I reeled them in with a title that would have them thinking I would just make fun of Muslims?]