Nine years after we were attacked by cowards without the decency to face us and fight, I’m still angry. I can never forget the images of the destruction or the faces of people desperately searching for information on their loved ones.
Now I have more to be angry about: a “Christian” minister who plans to light a match to the powder keg of intolerance by burning Qurans. The Quran details the life and teaching of the Prophet Mohammed, much like the New Testament details the life and teaching of Jesus. here are no instructions for flying jumbo jets or building IEDs.
It will always be easier to find someone to hate than to find common ground with someone who isn’t like us. It’s differences between people from different places and backgrounds that make the world interesting and allow us to learn.
A “Christian” minister should know that the message of Christianity is of tolerance and forgiveness – not of hate. He may have missed the passages about turning the other cheek and loving your neighbor. Instead, he chooses to make himself important by adding to the problem we have with the extremists by committing an act that can serve no other end than to incite them to act. His little bonfire will do more for extremist recruiting efforts then he will likely ever realize.
We should all take a step back and look for common ground. That is what we are supposed to do. We’re Americans!