"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Burn a Koran Day.

This really makes me feel sick.

The whole idea is that in remembrance of the 9/11 victims, this stupid church in America is going to burn 200 copies of the Koran. Way to go, assholes. I think all the 9/11 victims just died again.

First of all, blaming Muslims for the 9/11 attacks is like, I dunno, blaming the entire Asian population because that crackhead called Chairman Mao happened to be Asian. I've said this over and over, and so has like HALF THE FREAKING WORLD, but people still don't get it. There are good men and bad men. There are good women and bad women. There are good whites and bad whites. There are good blacks and bad blacks. There are good Christians and bad Christians. There are good Muslims and bad Muslims. There are good people and bad people, and good and bad are not connected by race, religion or sex. Why can't people get that already?

Second of all, the Koran is a sacred book for the Islamic community. Burning 200 copies of the Koran because of the 9/11 is like burning 200 Bibles because of, I dunno, I can think of heaps of shit some Christians have done. I'm not religious and I don't like religion, but this is going way too far. Oh, and by burning Korans not only do you piss off the Muslims who did do the 9/11 attacks, you'll also piss of the Muslims who didn't. Way to go, guys.

Why are people so narrow minded? I'm me, you're you. I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs. Why do we provoke what ought to be left alone? Why do we do what we ought not to do? Why don't we jump to conclusions, condemn a million for the evil act of one? Two wrongs don't make a right, I thought we all knew that. 

I say again and again, Islam is not a violent religion. It is not a religion that endorses bloodshed or warfare or carnage. Just like Christianity does not. But, inevitably, all religions get caught in some battle or another. What are we going to do, hate Christians for the Crusades? Hate Europe because of the colonization? Hate others just for being?

For everybody involved in the Burn a Koran Day, here's a big **** you. If you're Christian, then you'll believe that we are all Children of God, so why do you fight your own brothers in Christ? There is no earthly justification for provoking violence from a community you neither respect nor understand. If you burn a Koran, of course shit is going to happen, just like if I burned a Bible I don't expect to walk away from that hate-free.

But then, I also have a message for you extremists. Look at what you've created. Are you proud, now that you've sparked people into burning your sacred book? Are you proud? 

Think about it. A bloody fourteen year old has more religious tolerance than anyone involved in this stupid Burn a Koran Day bull. A fourteen year old with no rights, and no voice, thinks beyond the childish I burn you burn that's being going on for ages between Christianity and Islam. You're no better than a fourteen year old. A good deal worse, in fact.


Adelaide Dupont said...

I am personally very glad that the man who started this decided to abandon it, albeit after a great deal of pressure, and probably out of the goodness of his heart, too.

The thing about September 11 was that The US was vulnerable on its own soil. And it showed that the whole Western world could be also.

Muslims, Jews and Christians are People of the Book. They support some common prophets, like Abraham.

Sadly, there may be heavenly justifications weighing on the minds of some believers.

The Mao analogy is a good one. You couldn't argue that he did what he did on the basis of religion, or anti-religion.

Keep developing your tolerance.

Burning a book does not affect the burning of the mind and the heart when these texts are consumed and produced.

Adelaide Dupont said...

Here is a relevant sura from the Qu'ran for today: (My edition is translated by J. M. Rowdell and comes from Project Gutenberg)

"In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
I worship not that which ye worship,
And ye do not worship that which I worship;
I shall never worship that which ye worship,
Neither will ye worship that which I worship.
To you be your religion; to me my religion."