Pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp are loathsome individuals to be sure. It’s one thing to hold a belief, to claim faith and ardently follow your heart and spirit through the religion you choose. But to purposely insult, demean and antagonize another set of beliefs is simply horrible.
Further, it’s inconsistent with the message of most mainline religions. As a Christian I practice patience, tolerance and love of my neighbors. Even my enemies. As such, even if, and I certainly don’t hold this belief, but even if those of another religion were my “enemy” I find consistency in the Lords commandment to “love thy enemy”.
To burn the most Holy Book of Islam is an insult that goes too far.
With that said, I am finding the inconsistency in response appalling.
I’m not sure what it means; I wanna stay away from the very thing I suspect it is.
I was reading though Renaissance Guy this morning when he brought up the very thing I’ve been rattling around:
…in the Fort Hood shooting there was a Muslim man who clearly considered himself part of the massive struggle that radical Muslims call jihad. In that case, however, the media darlings tried and tried to avoid reporting it.
in the Tucson shooting there allegedly and apparently is a lone man, deeply disturbed and incoherent, with no clearly dilineated political persuasion and no definite motive. It’s a bit too soon to tell for certain, but it appears that they [the media] were dead wrong again…
Let’s take a look.
I’m on a roll.
First it was the crack reporting out of the NY Times. Good stuff.
Then, yesterday we have Reuters joining in on the fun.
Today? Reuters is back at it.
So, I pointed out yesterday that reporters aren’t very good at reporting.
And then, just today, they’re back at it:
Reuters) – A Somali-born teenager was arrested on Friday for attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, officials said.
The whole article is 457 words.
Number of times the reporters referrenced his religion? Zero.
Number of times the word Muslim appeared? Zero.
Number of times the word Islam appeared? Zero.
The more and more I watch, follow this stuff and learn, I begin to feel that there is no party for me. I see these far far off the map religious kooks and I’m like “Jeez! That’s not even CLOSE to me!”