But first, I have to express my outrage at the fact that the site of the new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, TN has been torched.
[Just to warn you: this is going to be a rant. Don't bother picking apart my rhetoric. I'm angry.]
No. This is outrageous. Whether your argument against the building of mosques in this country stems from an "American" or a "Christian" argument, THIS IS WRONG. I know most people opposed to building the mosque in NY would never condone such action, but especially to folks who support stuff like burning the Quran--do you not see the slippery slope here?
This video is obviously a humor bit, but what I find terrifying is that people can hear what this woman (the leader of the anti-mosque movement in Murfreesboro) is saying and not realize that IT IS INSANE. I've been trying really hard to be gracious and to try to see things from the other side, and let me just say that I know that there are reasonable arguments against the mosque in NY, and I know there are concerns about violence in the Quran (to which I respond, ever read the story about Elisha having she-bears tear children apart for calling him "baldhead" or the psalm about dashing children's heads against the rocks?), but THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
Please. Please, set aside the numbers and statistics that come from God-knows-where. Go talk to a Muslim. When I took an Islamic civilization course in undergrad, my spiritual life was inspired to new life by hearing from several teachers of Sufism (Islamic mysticism). We have something to learn from Islam. And if we choose only to learn from jihadists, we are no better than they are.
I can't even laugh at this video right now.
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