Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gainesville Quran Burnings

I'm gonna keep this short, simple, and not so sweet since no one else is on the opposing side. If you haven't heard, the city of Gainesville, Florida (my hometown) is under the radar due to a man named Pastor Terry Jones leading a group of "loyal" followers in burning the Quran at Westboro Baptist Church. I really don't care for the true reason as to why he's doing this or feels the need to make an example out of it. Maybe it's due to the Mosque (that's really a community center for Muslims) being built a couple blocks from Ground Zero or maybe it's because he thinks all Muslims are bad, and if you're Muslim you MUST be a terrorist. Before I continue, if anyone reading this actually supports Pastor Jones on this crusade I suggest you keep reading more than anyone, maybe the information below will guide you and you'll learn something that you should already know in the first place.

Terrorist-noun: a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.

Nowhere in that definition or the other four definitions listed in the dictionary does it say "all Muslims are terrorists." Nor does it say "if we are opposed to anyone who supports burning the Quran, we must be supporting the terrorists too." If there is, please let me and the public know and we'll sign a petition to get the definition changed in the dictionary so everyone is on the same page. I think some of you may either be too young or just simply forgot that there was a terrorist act in our country a few years before 9/11. Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing? Guess who was behind it? Not Salim or Achmed, but USA born and bred Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols...who are also devout Christians. Not Muslims, but Christians. A religion that this country prides itself on being built around it's practice. Another group, the Ku Klux Klan was build on a warped sense of the Christian faith and we all know what they're about right, so do you catch my point?

Not all religions are bad and not all of them are "right" or should be held above another. It just so happens that members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda follow the Quran and have warped its beliefs in order to give a "logical" reason for their actions, which is also another definition of a terrorist group. So if Pastor Terry Jones is burning the Quran in the name of religion and to go against terrorism, then we should all grab our Bibles and burn those too in the name of the lives that were lost in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Oh, is that too extreme? Yea well so is the burning of the Quran. By doing this we are letting Al Qaeda win and ALSO putting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq let alone our own people in the States in grave danger. I wish I had a solution to prevent anything like that from happening, I'm sure we all do. But burning a religious symbol in the name of...whatever they are choosing to do it for is not the way to go. Hopefully after reading this, some of you in the dark now see the other side of it all and understand that religion is just a scapegoat for terrorist acts and should never be a reason to shun all those who follow said religion, just those who support terrorism. I mean if you wanna be fickle about it, the burning of the Quran is actually a terrorist act itself. Don't believe me? Read this:

Terrorist-noun: a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.

And apply that to what's happening in Gainesville and see if you change your mind.

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