Original post Sept 9, 2010.
I am as apolitical and a-religious as one can be living in society, which is as good as saying nothing, since policy governs each and every breath we take, whether we acknowledge it or not. Religion, patriotism, passion, beliefs are nothing but expressions of our own politics, and as we interface with the rest of existence, these give birth to a complex new animal. Even close relationships are ultimately governed by politics, perhaps very personal ones, but politics all the same.
What happened with WTC on 9/11 is deplorable and is universally condemned by all sane people. The why's and the wherefore's can be debated endlessly and are best left to those who have nothing better to do. What we can do is to determine that we learn from what happened and never let it repeat. We don't have the luxury of adding to our woes as a civilization facing the threats posed by an environment we ourselves have ravaged to the point of being dealt merciless retribution.
Men of God have repeatedly proven themselves to be more desirous of being Gods of Men rather than seeking the divine will (or whatever it is called in your neck of the woods), that of harmonious and creative coexistence. Most Men of God who have not done so have also repeatedly refused to identify themselves as Men of God, choosing instead to do what they perceived to be their task in an intelligent design.
The movement to burn the Quran violates everything that 9/11 violated. It is a classic instance of being compelled to repeat history if we do not learn from it. May the God of these people show them that all of us need to heal and not hurt any one any more. It is sad that an entire community has to carry the shame brought upon it by a few misguided members, just as the perpetrators of 9/11 did for their community.
Let us join our voices to let sanity prevail. You can sign an online petition by clicking here.
Update, September 10, 2010, From WSJ. Click here for the whole post.
President Barack Obama said he hopes a Gainesville, Fla., preacher “listens to…those better angels,” and drops plans to burn copies of Islam’s holiest book Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America today, Obama called plans by part-time pastor Terry Jones to burn a Koran “a recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda.” It was the first time the president weighed in on the planned protest, which has caused alarm among U.S. government, military and religious leaders who worry that such an act, deeply offensive to Muslims world-wide, would jeopardize efforts at religious understanding, and would place U.S. troops and citizens at heightened risk of retaliation by extremists.
“I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values of Americans…this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance,” Obama told interviewer George Stephanopoulos.