Can't support burning the religious holy book of any religion. ...
No, it feels wrong to me, whatever the aim ~ though it's interesting to wonder why people feel like this, generally.
I don't think that it is particularly about respecting the religion, but more about treating others with respect ~ ie: do as you would be done by
This minister does not respect Islam or Muslims ~ yet he expects other people to respect his beliefs. That's hardly fair.
Does he talk about '9/11'
just to get people on board with him, or does he actually believe that this disaster was the work of Islam as a whole ~ rather than of extremists?
Muslims were killed there, too.
Plus - there is still much controversy about what actually happened.
Does he think that Islamic nations have done more harm than Christian nations ~ based on the Qu'ran?
That has got to be debatable.
Certainly I do not approve of terrorism carried out by anyone, and I am very much against other things that may be done in the name of Islam, like honour killing, etc, but not all Muslims carry this out this kind of thing, by a long way ~ and it is not only
Muslims who carry this out, so, though religion is involved, so is culture. The two are very hard to separate.
I suppose that if it is decided that the Qu'ran cannot
be burned, or those cartoons cannot
be published ~ out of fear ~ then that could be considered giving in to terrorism. This has been suggested to me.
There was a programme on TV over here, recently, counting down the 100 most offensive media items. I wondered why on earth anything so horrible should be on. It reported on some really unpleasant items. And then it got to the 'number one' spot ~ it was the cartoon that had offended Islam. After all the disgusting things that they had been free to show, they were frightened to show these drawings ~ and they said as much.
Was this on a par with the Minister being warned off burning the Holy Book?
Is it the case that he should not have burned it, but out of respect for decent people ~ not out of fear of extremists?