I collect books and I own the holy book of almost every religion.
I have many bibles, both old and new, a Torah on a scroll, the Koran,
the Bhagavad-Gita, The Book of Mormon, The Upanishads, Buddhist Sutras,
"Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker
Eddy (the Christian Science book), "Faith and Practice of New England
Meeting of Friends" (the Quaker book), Bahá'u'lláh
(the book of Bahá'i), "Then is Finished the Mystery of God"
(Jehovah's Witnesses), as well as quite a few others. I have two whole
shelves of holy books.
Like all of my books, I love them. There's a whole world of knowledge
contained in each one. I honestly just enjoy just holding them and leafing
However, I strongly believe in religious freedom, and I feel that everybody
has the right to worship or not worship as they choose. I also believe
that I have the right to take all of these books and burn them if I
so desire. I won't, because, as I already said, I love them, each and
every one of them - they're my books - but I can burn them if I want,
and that includes the Koran.
If I put all of these "holy" books in a box, drag it out to
the center of my lawn, pour in lighter fluid, then toss in a lit match,
no religion that I've mentioned will say a word or do anything - except
the Muslims. If I burn my copy of the Koran, and the Muslims find out,
it's absolutely OK to kill me.
Some screwball pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a congregation of
about 40 people, threatens to burn copies of the Koran on 9-11. Suddenly,
there are protests in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia, our President,
the Secretary of State, and one of our highest-ranking soldiers, all
appear on the world news begging this nut not to burn the Koran. Gen.
Patreus said, "It will put our soldiers in harm's way. Well, for
Christ's sake, you don't want to put our soldiers, our army, in harm's
way! Except that's why they're there, isn't it? Protecting our freedom?
Including our religious freedom?
Radical Muslims blow up the World Trade Centers and kill nearly 3,000
innocent people, but we Americans have to follow their rules? Should
we even hint that we won't follow the rules of Radical Islam and our
leaders all get down on their knees and beg - please, please, don't
make them hate us any more than they already do. Seriously, what kind
of stinky horseshit are we dealing with?
Have we become a nation of spineless wimps? If we don't follow the rules
of our enemies, the terrorists who hate us to death, we're endangering
our soldiers? If we don't want to endanger our soldiers, then don't
send them to places like Afghanistan. If we just keep all of our soldiers
here in America we'll greatly reduce the risk of casualties.
But since we went to the trouble of training them, arming them, then
sending them to places teeming with people who hate us, casualties must
I don't want to see anyone harmed; but I also don't want to acquiesce
I don't want to burn my Koran - it's a nice, 1942, hardcover edition
- but I can if I want to! And the fact that al Qaeda and the Taliban
will think less of me if I do means nothing!
However, until the 99% of the other Muslims, the ones who wouldn't harm
me or anyone else, stand up and mark a clear difference between them
and al Qaeda, then how am I, some poor dumb schmuck from America's Midwest,
supposed to know the difference?
This is not an issue of what I do, or even some nutball pastor in Florida,
it's an issue of what Islam does. If moderate Muslim leaders won't step
up and say, "I'd prefer that you don't burn the Koran, or draw
pictures of the Prophet Mohammed, but I won't kill you or threaten you
if you do," then Islam is represented by al Qaeda and the Taliban,
that's too bad too because I don't think that's what most Muslims believe.
But most Muslims, I suspect, are motivated by pure fear, just as most
Americans believe that Islam is a threat. We're all afraid of reprisals
Well, Muslims, listen and listen well - I'm a Jew. My religion is 5,771
year old, which makes it 4,200 years older than Islam. Islam is as important
to me as Mormon or the Moonies -
you're all Johnny-come-latelies. Islam means as much to me as Zoroastrianism.
You think I'm an infidel and deserve to die? Fuck you! I will not live
my life in fear of you. Islam is the threat, not me - I just want to
live in peace.