Friday in Afghanistan eleven people, including seven foreign U.N. employees, were killed by a mob during a demonstration protesting the burning of a Quran in a Florida church nearly two weeks ago. Our President called the burning of this single copy of the Quran “an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.” He also said that no religion tolerates “the slaughter and beheading of innocent people.”
I beg to differ with the President on both of his statements.
First, the burning of a book, no matter how holy it is deemed by millions of people, is not “an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.” A copy of the Quran, like the Bible or Hindu Sanskrit writings, is an inanimate object. In my opinion burning the Quran in Florida was a stupid act performed by insular, dull-thinking people who are undoubtedly intolerant and bigoted. However, burning a book is not an “extreme” act. Slaughtering and beheading people, as was done in Maraz-i-Sharif last week, better serves my definition of an extreme act of intolerance and bigotry.
Second, according to Mr. Obama, the slaughter and beheading of innocent people is something that “no religion tolerates”. Wrong again. While it is politically incorrect to draw attention to the fact that 99.9% of the beheadings that have taken place in the world over the past 20 years have been administrated by Muslims, usually on their fellow Muslims, there is a direct correlation between beheadings and Islam. There aren’t a lot of Christian “beheaders” out there.
In the past, I’ve referred to fundamentalist, intolerant Christians, such as those who burned the Quran in Florida, as our own “little Ayatollahs.” I’m not a big fan of rattle-snake kissing lame-brained Christians south of the mason Dixon line. But, if given the choice of involuntarily finding myself in the middle of a Quran burning in Florida or an anti-Quran burning demonstration in Maraz-i-Sharif, I’ll take Florida. In Florida, in spite of the intolerance and stupidity of those around me, I’ll likely escape with my head.
Bigoted people, whether they are Christians or Muslims, are a big problem in this world. However, the most bigoted of Christians seem to be able to make the distinction between a book and a human life. The most bigoted of Muslims have demonstrated time and time again, that they cannot make that distinction. That’s a problem that Mr. Obama and many in the media should no longer ignore.