June 09, 2005

Koran Mishandling?

911 just may have been the single greatest evangelistic crusade on behalf of Islam than anything else in history. Since that attack on America more about Islam and the Koran has been inundating our news, schools and public venues than the religion and book on which America was founded.

What I am positively weary of is the hyper-sensitivity toward Islam and especially the Koran. If only the Bible received a fraction of the consideration as this relgious work.

I just read three pages of rules concerning the proper handling of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay. It is offensive to me that my tax dollars are being wasted because of this obsession with respecting the Koran. The increase in training and the additional personnel required just to search the Koran of a prisoner or to move it along with the prisoner is ridiculous.
In reality, our troops are not merely being ordered to respect what is a book plain and simple, but are expected to view it, handle it with the same diligence, care and reverence as a faithful Muslim. Sorry, but that is over the top.
Here are some examples of what I mean.

I am quoting from the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters, Detention Operations Group Standard Operating Procedures, 01 FEB 05 6-5.
(1) Clean gloves will be put on in full view of the detainees prior to handling.
(2) Two hands will be used at all times… in a manner signaling respect and reverence. Care should be used so that the right hand is the primary one used to manipulate any part of the Koran due to the cultural association with the left hand. Handle the Koran as if it were a fragile piece of delicate art.
(3) Ensure that the Koran is not placed in offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet areas.
I am not advocating intentionally disrespecting their holy book, but neither Christians nor the Bible receives anywhere near the kind of consideration terrorists and their faith receive. Something is really out of whack. But then that’s not much of a surprise is it?
Someday…someday it will all be made right. Even so, come Lord Jesus.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You call us terrorists? You are the terrorist. You and your religion of theives, murderers, adulterers, and traitors are the perpertrators of the most terrorism this planet has ever seen. The sad part still is that you still continue with your terrorist tactics to mantain control over everything, and you, you still think that you are doing god's will.

Your people are sick and you are supposed to be helping them heal, but instead you are helping to spread the cancer of hatred and war.

Check yourself.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Pastor Bill said...

Who might "us" be? You are partially correct; there are "Christians" who are all the things you mention--thieves, murderers, adulterers--but that is not the fault of Christianity but the fault of sinful people. Christianity condemns such things. And I suppose if you view self determination, ie., freedom as awful then I guess I can see how you would call us terrorists.

As far as spreading hatred, you need a reality check my friend; no country is as generous and benevolent as the United States. And it is American lives being sacrificed to bring freedom to the oppressed with nothing in return.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,

With all due respect, if any, you are so wrong.

Your country, since the first explorers set foot on the lands of North America has not seen a day of peace. With them, the "settlers" brought pain and suffering to the native peoples and to the African slaves, all of this in the name of God. Should I continue? I believe I should since you probably don't know or deny the past which has made this country, not the greatest, but the most powerful in the history of time.

The Natives
The Native peoples of North America at the point of contact with English settlers were, by estimates obviously, about 15 million who occupy the land that you now call yours. By 1890, a door to door count was made and the number had been reduced to about 286,000. That's a reduction of about 97%. And you call them Indian Wars? Did the Indians get in a ship and land on the shores of England to die at the expense of the English? Yeah, right. How? Read up.

Just remember that the lands that you occupy now are not yours. They were stolen and now YOU are ripping the benefits.

The African Slaves
Is there much to say about this? Your people (Christians or whites, whatever fits you better) destroyed a continent with one of the greatest civilizations this planet has ever seen. They have lost their language, land, culture, and everything. This is besides the fact that until about 40 odd years ago they could not even go to the same schools as whites. Oh, wait, that has not changed, has it?

That is enough to condemn you. With out the two above, you would not be where you are. You would not enjoy the privilege that you declare as a gift from God. Please!

We can go on and on about the millions of people that YOUR country is directly responsible of killing. YES MILLIONS.

...and this is just lately

Granada (what the hell were YOU doing in Granada?)
El Salvador
Panama (???)
Iraq I
Iraq II

All this, your people have done and continue to do has been done in the name of God because somehow, just like you do now in almost every post, the bible has been used to justify it.

As your president puts it, "we are fighting against EVIL."

Remember, everything you own, and everything you are is a direct result of what was done and continues to be done in your name. You cannot detach yourself from the history of your country and the history of your religion.

All this has been done in order to affect people’s freedom?

You say benevolent?


12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't say this is the work of some "evil" Christians. This is a practice that has some very deep roots in Christianity. This is a system deep rooted in corruption and murder.

There are some who are ignorant to the facts. They don't care; they don't care to care as long as they are eating well. There are those who know but decide to just stay neutral because they don't want to end up like the people they would like to defend. And then, there are those who actually, fully, support and protect the system in order to keep their status of privilege.

It seems to me that you aren't so ignorant of the facts, at least not anymore.


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