By Scott Tibbs, September 8, 2010
A church in Florida is planning to burn a Koran for the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
First, let's be perfectly clear. Islam is a false religion and Christians should be proclaiming that. However, I do not agree with this for the same reason I disagree with the "war on Christmas" nonsense we see every December. The point is not to witness or proclaim theological truth, the point is to say "F*** You" to Muslims. That's not productive or godly.
That said, I do not agree with the statement of General David Petraeus that "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan."
Is it provocative? Yes. Will it anger Muslims? Yes.
But I don't buy the argument that it is dangerous. We live in a society that allows free speech, offensive as that speech may be. Muslim terrorists want to force their perverted false religion on everyone else. The only people responsible for the attacks of Muslim terrorists on US troops are the Muslim terrorists themselves.
And really, if your faith in your so-called "god" is so fragile that you can't handle people on the other side of the planet burning a copy of your "holy book" then you need to examine yourself instead of throwing tantrums like a petulant two year old. Intimidation, violence, murder and terrorism are not legitimate tools of theological discourse.
If someone is going to burn a Bible, you will not see me (or 99% of Christians) waging a holy war, murdering as many innocent people as possible or committing acts of terrorism in response. We may be offended, and we may protest and passionately express our views, but we are not going to kill people over it. Those who do respond in this way do not deserve to have their "demands" taken seriously.