Burn a Quran Day should be banned!
• United States
8 Sep 10
Well, the event should not be held. I think that most Americans are against this event believing that it is stupid, nasty and wrong. Yet when you mention banning something you have to remember that here in the United States the people have a lot of rights and liberties and so there is no one who really can ban this activity. In a Nation where the Courts have repeatedly ruled that burning the American flag is legal (as it is seen as an extension of the freedom of speech) and where if someone wanted to burn a Bible they easily could do so, burning the Quran or Koran is seen as a freedom or even a right... Here in the States many things have been burned... Women burned their bras to protest against the way they were treated by men. Flag burning has long been done by people as a way to protest things like wars,unpopular court rulings, etc. Book burnings (even the burning of Bibles) in protest of things that some church or school thought were inappropriate in the texts have occurred many times. And all of this burning of things was legal as long as it did not endanger any physical structures nearby. Given this history, I am hoping that those who see the Koran burning, if it occurs, will understand that this odd group of people from Florida is far from being representative of the American people and also that the American government because of its Constitution which guarantees the freedom of speech in all its varied forms is unable to grant protection to the Quran or Koran anymore than it can grant protection to a bible, a flag, or a textbook.Any attempts to harm people are punished. The burning of objects is not punished whether these objects are deemed sacred to another group or not. I am against the burning of the Qurans or Korans. Yet I must admit I see a double standard. I have seen that some conservative Muslims in other countries have used their belief in their own religion to condone their destruction of other people's religious objects and scriptures. I have seen recent news reports all over the net about Muslims destroying Hindu Temples,Christian Churches, Jewish Synagogues, Buddhist Temples and Shrines, and burning the texts and religious objects that were sacred to all of these traditions.I am sad to say that the conservative Muslims in other countries have done far worse than this odd ball minister in Florida will ever do as they have not only burned texts they have injured and killed men, women and children in the process... I am not happy to say what I have said but it is balanced, fair and truthful... Look at the net and you will see that it is the case. I do not believe that any religion is any better than any other. That alone would get me killed or held captive in some places. I know. Yet it is the truth. God is within all people and loves all people. God does not discriminate. It is people in their belief in their fear who want to impose religion on others as they cannot tolerate difference. It is people who get angry at those who are different than they are because of their fear who cause the problems. The group in Florida who wants to burn the Quaran and the conservative Muslims in other countries who burn the Torahs, Bibles, Gitas and the buildings that contain them so that they can build temples in their place are equally guilty of bigotry and quite frankly deserve each other. The rest of the Muslims have my sincere apologies... Not because I have wronged them in any way but because I know how their radio, television, magazines, and newspapers will play it...They will tell the Muslims in other countries that Americans do not like Muslims but that is so untrue and so stupid that it pains me. The majority of Americans just want to get along with other people and could care less if someone is a Jew, a Hindu, a Muslim, or an atheist. All people have a right to practice religion here as long they do not involve harm people, hurt animals, or destroy the personal property. (In case you are wondering... The minister bought the Quarans he will burn. They are his personal property just as the Bible that was purchased by Jerry, down the street from him, belongs to Jerry. Jerry though, will not be participating in the Quaran burning as he believes rightly that it is unChristian. Jerry is right in his belief that this practice is against Christianity as much as it is against Islam as it acts against the Christian golden rule of loving ones neighbor (which includes all people) as one self. I am hoping that the minister will reconsider his bad decision to burn Quarans. It is something that people all over the United State have protested. I am also hoping that people of all religions will respect each other, preserve others sacred objects and religious sites even better than they would preserve their own, agree to disagree about who has the best religion, acknowledge their common humanity, and love each other.
• United States
8 Sep 10
I'm in total agreement with you. Disrespecting other faiths is NO WAY to promote any faith. I am a Christian, and my God is a God of love. Actions like this only serve to promote hatred and violence. Love is about building bridges, not walls!
9 Sep 10
I think there will be a "ripple effect" on this so-called Burn a Qu'ran Day.. I hope this Pastor Terry Jones will realize that what he is trying to do will just start another conflict in Christian and Islam beliefs... I pray for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in Islamic areas, and the safety of our Moslem brothers and sisters in Christian areas... God or Allah is Love...
• Adelaide, Australia
9 Sep 10
I watched this last night on the world news. It doesn't help further any Christian cause, but shows some people's backwards thinking & ignorance. I don't think Christianity as a whole would ever support such a move, although it has done similar things as recently as the 1930's when hundreds of all sorts of books were burned. Burning any Holy Book only shows people's ignorance, disregard for their fellow man & ego. I think it's getting way too much publicity. I hope the guy doesn't paint himself as a great big target now. On a lighter note, if I dare say so, I saw on the same news clip an Islamic comedian make the comment that because so many Islamists nowadays read the Holy Quran as an ebook, that burning the Holy Quran would be a total waste of time as nobody would even care! Hasn't that Minister got better things to do than go to all that trouble & make all those arrangements just to burn a copy of something that's available to download & read for free? Go & make an original inspiring sermon, help those who need it or something. Do something positive, inspiring & uplifting for a change instead of just destroying things.
8 Sep 10
I think this Terry Jones guy is asking for trouble. The consequences could be more than what he can handle. Innocent people could be killed or injured over this, as revenge will be taken. You can count on that. My Motto is: Live and let live. But then again, who am I?
• United States
8 Sep 10
All I know is that a proposed burning of the Quran by a few whacky Christians has gained more traction on myLot than any legitimate attack carried out by backward and radical mujahideen ever has. Go figure. I don't agree with people wanting to burn books. I think it's stupid. But the "banning" thing gives me a big cause for concern. Hypothetically speaking, let's say both you and I went to the government with our grievance. You told them: "I'm offended that he wants to burn my book!" I told them: "I'm offended that I can't burn this book!" Who's right? They'd have to take sides. Hence America allowing people the right to express themselves. You have the right to be offended, burn their book in return, or probably even sue for emotional distress and come away with some money. But you can't make laws that cater to people's sensibilities and expect them to be fair.