Idiots Who Burn Holy Books and Muslim Marketing in America
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ChickTalkDallas
September 2010
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ChickTalkDallas
September 2010
This is what burning Holy books looks like. See that stack? That's a Bible and Koran. Does it make you angry to see flames so close to your religious text? It should. It should remind you of how close Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., is to burning piles and piles of the the Koran (or Quran). This is how close he is to endangering American soldiers overseas literally fanning the flames of terrorist organizations and groups who'll use the photos of burning Korans as a Muslim call to arms. Al Qaeda has already used the event as a recruiting tool. And this Christian man says he's doing it for God. He's doing it as a message to moderate Muslims too. He says he speaks to God (through tongues). Yes, this pastor is about to send all of us back to 1930s Germany circa Nazi era where stacks of books were burned in unison. This religious man has hijacked my religion in the same way the Taliban and terrorists have hijacked Islam. His actions have been widely criticized but the though process--the Islamophobia--is alive and well most recently in the form of Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas who called Islam "an evil religion, an oppressive religion, and it is a violent religion." And what do you call Jones' version of Christianity? Peaceful? Tomorrow, fasting will end for my husband and me. Yes, I'm a Christian married to a Muslim and I fasted with him. The books in the picture above are from our shelves. And I've never felt compelled to burn them no matter how upset I've gotten. And I fear what the repercussions will be if (Jones seemed unsure on Nightline) he continues with the book burning. Muslims I know (including in-laws) will look at me and judge my community of believers based on what Jones and Jeffress and others say and do in the same way we Christians look at the actions of a few bigoted/hate mongering Muslims and judge the entire Middle East, all Arabs and Muslims. And what do I tell them? Jones and Jeffress don't represent me. Well, Muslims from Ground Zero to Grand Prairie have been saying the same thing "Islam is a peaceful religion" but no one believes them and daily they (media mostly) trot out "proof" or another radical Muslim story to counterpoint their peaceful claims. Just ask Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about the backlash over his cultural center idea. Is anyone else as concerned as I am about the rhetoric and hate spewing from peoples' mouths? We're now talking about burning books. Has our country really come to that? Have we let misinformation, frustration in our daily lives (over the economy) turn us into a country (and Christians) into a religion of bigots many of whom still don't think our President was born in the U.S. What's happening to us? I pray the Jones doesn't go through with his bonfire for God idea. But I fear the damage is already done. I'm not sure what comes after this for Muslims in this country and Americans abroad. What I hope is a better understanding and more outreach on the part of Christian congregations who will reach out to their local mosques and initiate information sessions and Q&A events as well as church visitations. Anything. I'd also like to a better effort from the Islamic community to reach out to Americans. So far the PR efforts have been reckless failures. There seems to be no thought as to how actions could be perceived by non-Muslims and I believe alot of that has to do with the fact that much of the Muslim religious community in the United States is foreign born and extremely conservative. I've gone to Muslim open house events locally and they are not very effective. They are stiff and formal, male dominated and last year, the one woman who spoke at a mosque event talked about why the hejab (the head covering) made her a better believer. And our prayer time was separated by sex: women had to go behind a wall in a separate room where the sisters ordered us about and nothing felt comfortable or familiar. Religious sites tend to have the most conservative people lead events. It's like a deacon explaining faith in Sunday School. There's a barrier. A stiff politeness. Yes, there are organizations such as CAIR but they're not nearly enough. I've seen a side of Muslims most people don't: women complaining about husbands, about their thighs, out with the family, cooking together, joking, sharing, laughing, helping one anther just like "we" do. And it's sad to see such misunderstanding on both sides because of a basic failure to reach out and be understood. Follow www.chicktalkdallas.com/blog

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