Thursday, September 9, 2010

Burn Baby Burn (Updated)

Let me start off by saying that the whole "Burn a Koran Day" does not hold my attention in the slightest, basically because I don't believe in giving religious extremists a podium to preach their ideology from. So when I initially heard of "Burn a Koran Day" in late July, I ignored it. After all, both Reverend Terry Jones and his Dove Outreach Centre in Gainsville Florida were condemned early on by hardcore evangelists. However, despite my most sincere wishes this story has grown to epic proportions. Case in point, the CNN video page showcases more than four different entries for this story ranging from the basic story itself to the Muslim reaction to it, to the reaction of the Pentagon and other senior US officials, to condemnations from all over the world including the Vatican.

What started out as an attention seeking activity from a rogue church leader has become an internationally significant event, even if it doesn't happen. People are going to die. Somewhere in the world on September 11th,  some nutcase is going to kill Americans or American looking individuals, or individuals and groups affiliated with Americans or individuals and groups thought to be affiliated with Americans (Pakistani Shiites and Ahmadis, I'm looking at you).  And if that wasn't bad enough, here is kicker. From the worldwide condemnations that have been issue so far, it is clear that the rest of the world expects with absolute certainity that Muslims or individuals within the fabric of the Islamic faith will participate in violence against their fellow man. Basically, the world expects us to be violent.

If this isn't screwed up, I don't know what is.

P.S. I would like to apologize for all of my regular readers for my hiatus. I just had a lot of thesis related work to do.

Update I: Burn a Koran Day has been cancelled as of 5:23pm EST. More details to follow