You know, I realize that by living in and being a citizen of this country he has every right to burn whatever he wants--even the flag. It is protected under freedom of speech. However I think he should be prepared to have people burn his book of worship.
This idiot, and there is no other kinder word to use, is doing this due to bigotry and ignorance. Oh yeah, and that 15 minutes of fame thing. Therefore he has made himself a public image--which means he is fair game for mockery. (his mustache, for the love of everything corn, what is with his mustache?)
I know there are many in this country who think Islam is a religion of hate. I would beg to differ. I think it is no more hateful then Catholicism, Mormonism, Judaism, and any other mainstream religion. I think what happens is you have zealots in each religion who unfortunately give that religion a bad name. By the by, I am an agnostic with atheistic leanings!
Take the Crusades for instance, how is that any different then the zealots in the Islamic religion?
"The Crusades were a series of religiously sanctioned military campaigns waged by much of Western Christian Europe, particularly the Franks of France and the Holy Roman Empire."
" The Crusades were fought mainly by Roman Catholic forces (taking place after the East-West Schism and mostly before the Protestant Reformation) against Muslims who had occupied the near east since the time of the Rashidun Caliphate, although campaigns were also waged against pagan Slavs, pagan Balts, Jews, Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians, Mongols, Cathars, Hussites, Waldensians, Old Prussians, and political enemies of the various popes."
Then compare that Jihad:
"Jihad means "to strive or struggle" (in the way of God) and is considered the "Sixth Pillar of Islam" by a minority of Sunni Muslim authorities. Jihad, in its broadest sense, is classically defined as "exerting one's utmost power, efforts, endeavors, or ability in contending with an object of disapprobation." Depending on the object being a visible enemy, the devil, and aspects of one's own self, different categories of Jihad are define. Jihad, when used without any qualifier, is understood in its military aspect.
Jihad also refers to one's striving to attain religious and moral perfection. Some Muslim authorities, especially among the Shi'a and Sufis, distinguish between the "greater jihad", which pertains to spiritual self-perfection, and the "lesser jihad", defined as warfare."
Add zealots to either of these and you have instant idiots.
Or something like that. My brain has now gone out the window because Rob just asked me a question about something totally different. Ack.