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An “American” Question

9 September 2010

[Elder’s Note:  Mind you, it’s not a ‘American’ question because other questions are un-American, but because an American who holds American ideals is “asking” it.]

1)  It is apparent that our nation has a big gaping wound about a monument from the “Religion of Peace” (sic) being built near Ground Zero in NYC, when members from said “Religion of Peace” (sic) murdered civilians, bereaved their families, and created all kinds of chaos for our country. 

2)  Building of the ‘monument’ is defended by government officials on the basis of Freedom of Religion (American ideals) .  So, even though it really upsets a lot of people, it’s going to happen because doggone it, allowing it to happen is an expression of the freedom we prize so highly in our American society

3)  Enter Pastor Terry Jones (a Florida pastor of a congregation of 50 souls, with an apparently checkered past) and his intention to celebrate the 9th anniversary of 9/11, by burning copies of a book owned by people who murdered thousands of people on 9/11. 

4)  A military general has criticized Jones’ planned burning because it means that more people who are a member of the Religion of Peace will kill American soldiers.

5)  A pillow-lipped adulteress has also criticized Jones because she thinks it is wrong to offend religious people. 

6)  Our Secretary of State has asked the Press to not cover Jones book burning (hello? what happened to Freedom of the Press?) on the basis that it would upset a group of people

So my question is, if the justification for the Ground-Zero mosque is buttressed upon the American ideal of freedom and our love of it, why is that Terry Jones’ burning copies of the Quran on his own property isn’t also an expression of America’s great love of freedom?

– Elder

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  1. 10 September 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Say, did your notice that the ENS article linked at MCJ lists DSO as a place where people will flock to a Unitarian anti-burning demonstration??? http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79425_124391_ENG_HTM.htm

    (Hope you enjoyed all those initials in the post)

  2. Elder Oyster
    10 September 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Hi Fr. Tim,

    Yeah, that showed up in my Google-Alerts a couple of minutes after I did this post. I was wrestling with whether or not to highlight it.

    Then of course, came the news about the Florida pastor allegedly having hammered out a deal with a NYC imam, at which point I was questioning whether to take down this article. Then later, the story broke about the imam denying the deal, and then later the one about The Donald.

    I think that Saturday is going to be an interesting day. 🙂

    – E

    PS – The timing of your comment may be providential .. I’ve been meaning to chat with you offline. Please keep your eyes on your inbox and/or spam-blocker.

  3. 10 September 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Yes, what ever happened to “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?”

    I wouldn’t burn Qurans, but I want America to defend his right to make that symbolic display. And also defend the rights of others to peacefully protest against him.

    However, I do understand that there is an immediate safety of the troops issue. So, I am wondering if our US foreign policy has become a detriment to our American values.

  4. Elder Oyster
    10 September 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Hi Perpetua..

    RE “However, I do understand that there is an immediate safety of the troops issue. ”

    That’s one of the things that gives me pause, too. On the other hand, Obama reiterated today that, “we’re not at war with Islam,” while citing concerns over the safety of our troops. Once again, members of a peaceful religion will react to an action by a relatively insignificant preacher with escalated violence (??).

    If that’s the case, then perhaps Islam is at war with us, if not we with them. And if THAT’s the case, then perhaps we need to get our head in the game, or just ship all of our troops home. I’ve nothing against staying in Afganistan for as long as we need to be there, nor against coming home with our tails between our legs, but I am against waging a war while not comprehending the enemy.

  5. Elder Oyster
    10 September 2010 at 10:16 PM

    (ps – I just realized that my last comment might seem like a rant directed at you. It’s not). 😉

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