Friday, August 20, 2010

Mind Boggling: Church Goes Forward with Book Burning

According to this story, a church in Gainesville, FL has decided to go ahead with a book burning protest, despite the fact that the local fire department denied their request for a permit. The offending book: the Qur’an.

From the story –
Leaders of the Dove World Outreach Center say "Islam is of the Devil" and plan to burn copies of the Islamic holy book on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Gene Prince, interim chief of Gainesville Fire Rescue, told The Gainesville Sun that he informed the church on Tuesday (Aug. 17) that the protest violates local fire-prevention laws, which include rules against burning corrugate cardboard or office paper, which includes books.

"It wouldn't matter what the book is they're burning," Deputy Chief Tim Hayes told the newspaper.

Regardless, the church sent out an e-mail vowing to go burn the books anyway. "City of Gainesville denies burn permit -- BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS," The Sun reported.
Here’s the part of the story that I really found interesting in an unintentionally ironic kind of way –
The church's website includes a list of 10 reasons to burn the Quran, including "Islamic Law is totalitarian in nature," Islamic teaching contains "irrational fear and loathing of the West" and that the Quran teaches that Jesus "was NOT the Son of God."
The last time I checked, the only people who generally were into book burnings were fairly totalitarian in nature (Nazis anyone?). Now before anyone jumps my stuff about whether or not the criticism of the Qur’an is legitimate or not, all I can say is two wrongs don’t make a right. You don’t criticize something as totalitarian but committing a totalitarian act.

This is a great example of the “liberty and freedom, as long as you agree with me” mentality. This is an extremely common sickness that permeates greatly in churches and organizations around the country (both right leaning and left leaning). Based on these actions and comments it is pretty safe to conclude that this church is just as totalitarian as the Muslims that they are trying to criticize. Should elements of Islam be criticized? Absolutely, but this isn’t how you do it. A book burning event makes you look like an absolute lunatic to everyone who doesn’t agree 150% with you.

1 comment:

♥Kathy♥ said...

I guess they don't believe in obeying "gods word" where in Romans 13 it talks about obeying the powers that be? I think I have the right chapter. Isn't there a branch of this church here in Tulsa?