9/11 Attack

Raising religious intolerance in this country to a brand new height, the Dove World Outreach Center, a fundamentalist evangelical church in Gainesville, Florida, led by firebrand pastor Terry Jones, plans to burn the Koran on 9/11. This is so wrong on so many levels it leaves me almost speechless. It is, to put it bluntly, an act of evil. The deliberate destruction of the sacred text of one of the world’s largest religions creates greater divisions in this country and around the world, and further jeopardizes our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are fighting not against Islam, but against Muslim extremists who have used a warped, fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran to justify their murderous acts. The planned burning will do nothing but inflame them further, and deliver a handy recruiting tool to the Taliban and al Qaeda. This reckless and foolish tantrum endangers us all.

10 thoughts on “9/11 Attack”

  1. My hope is that the overwhelming outcry of American Citizens AGAINST this stupid and hateful act of intolerence will be heard by Muslim leaders. I am a Christian and so far everyone in my circle is very much against this act. From what I’ve seen and read from the Christian community at large, there is very little support for acts of hatred like this…meant only to further impair the healing process.

  2. Ed, a great cartoon and an equally great commentary!

    I would put this group in the same catagory as the group from Kansas that pickets military funerals. I will stop here before I call them something that shouldn’t be seen in print.

  3. I agree with you and just hope that the press finds something else to talk about then this little nut job from nowhere. He should have been left out of the press and ignored.

  4. How many Muslims will realize the love of Jesus and convert to Christianity as a result of this hateful and self-serving stunt?

  5. This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen. Why is it all other religions have to be to be tolerant but Muslims don’t? Why I don’t agree with the church burning the Koran I support their RIGHT to do so! Hmm, seems similar to the ground zero mosque which wants to be built and I also SUPPORT their RIGHT to build it but in both cases I disagree wholeheartedly!

    So here is a link where the pentagon burned copies of the Bible under Obama’s administration

    So where is the religious tolerance now?

    1. To repeat what Jerry said: This from Factcheck.org:

      It has been widely forwarded and posted on many Internet sites. Klingenschmitt claims that “the Pentagon, under the Obama administration, has just acknowledged seizing and burning the privately owned Bibles of American soldiers.”
      It’s true that one soldier’s Bibles were destroyed, but this claim is highly misleading. It strains to blame “the Obama administration” for something that happened a year earlier when George W. Bush was president, and which came to light recently.
      Furthermore, contrary to Klingenschmitt’s claim that the Bibles could “legally” have been distributed to local Afghans, military officials say such distribution would have violated longstanding Pentagon policy against religious proselytizing by U.S. armed forces.
      The basic facts are clear and undisputed. The Bibles were sent about a year ago to an evangelical Christian soldier serving in Afghanistan, and they were printed in two different Afghan languages, Pashto and Dari. An Army spokesman says they were sent by the soldier’s church in the U.S., unsolicited. Documentary producer Brian Hughes filmed a group prayer session during which soldiers discussed how they might give the Bibles to local Afghans. Much later, his footage became the basis for a television news report by Al Jazeera English that aired May 3 this year.
      The Al Jazeera report also showed footage of Lt. Col. Gary Hensley, the chief of the U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, telling his congregation that followers of Jesus Christ have a responsibility “to be witnesses for him.”
      “The special forces guys — they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down,” Lt. Col. Hensley says. “Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”
      The report caused consternation in the Muslim world. Former Afghan prime minister Ahmed Shah Ahmedzai said there must be a “serious investigation” of the matter. It’s considered a crime under Afghan law to try to convert a Muslim to another faith, and one Afghan convert to Christianity was threatened with the death penalty in 2006 in a highly celebrated case.
      The Pentagon quickly denounced the Al Jazeera story. News accounts quoted a Pentagon official as saying that a chaplain had confiscated the Bibles and “as far as we know, none ever got off base.” The spokesman we contacted – Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Daly of the Combined Joint Task Force 101 media center at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – confirmed that “the Bibles were confiscated by the chaplain at the conclusion of the prayer service.” Daly was unable to say exactly how the Bibles were disposed of, or whether they were put in regular trash disposal for burning. “It happened over a year ago, so we can’t be sure,” Daly stated.

  6. I subscribe to the Northwest Herald, and, like a moth drawn to a light, read the letters submitted to It’s Your Write by the paper’s often-times angry readers. Your cartoon showing twin towers of Religious Tolerance being targeted by the Dove World Church offered me reassurance that some semblance of thinking, wise, compassionate people are still around. With the rantings and railings coming from every corner of the US in apparent opposition to the Moslem community and teachings, your statement of minimal words gave me a sense of hope. Thank you!

    Joan Skiba

  7. The truly sad thing about this cartoon is that, if that nutjob had gone through with burning the Quran, the Muslim world would have exploded even though no one would have actually been injured. As compared to the Muslims who did not target “religious tolerance” but actual people. And killed them. And if they were such “extremists” then why did we have most of the world mourning that day while in some Muslim countries I remember vividly the pictures of them parading in the streets. I agree that the Dove Church was wrong in their intentional expression, and I’m glad they decided against it- but to equate that with the actual terrorist act is just plain wrong. Its too bad you could not have seen the difference.

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