Protesters rip pages from Quran in White House stunt
AFP, Sep 12, 2010, 12.52am IST
WASHINGTON: A small group of conservative Christians tore some pages from a Quran in a protest outside the White House on Saturday to denounce what they called the “charade of Islam” on the anniversary of 9/11.
“Part of why we’re doing that, please hear me: the charade that Islam is a peaceful religion must end,” said Randall Terry, a leading anti-abortion campaigner, and one of six people who took part in the protest.
Another activist, Andrew Beacham, read out a few Quran passages calling for hatred towards Christians and Jews, and then ripped those pages from an English paperback edition of the Islamic holy book.
He carefully put the torn pieces into a plastic bag, in order not to litter, and said: “The only reason I will not burn it at the White House is because to burn anything on the Capitol grounds is a felony.”
A few curious tourists stopped to watch the huddle outside the White House, while police took down the names of the participants but did not intervene.
“Not today, not ever,” he told NBC television when pressed for his plans.
President Barack Obama told a deeply polarized America today that Islam was not the enemy as the 9/11 ceremonies took place.
“As Americans we will not and never will be at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaida, (a) sorry band of men, which perverts religion,” Obama said.
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I’m Jewish. I can’t say that people should listen to what I’m saying. I believe that the current interpretation of Christians being pacifists is erroneous. I have read the Old Testament many times and I have read the New Testament twice in it’s entirety and many more times just going back to it here and there. I don’t profess to be a scholar.
All that being said, I believe that the majority of Pacifism comes from ONE specific passages.
38″You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'[a] 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. — Matthew 5:38 Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21
This interpretation is valid on an individual basis. One individual to another individual. It was not meant to encapsulate nations and cultures and ideologies and religions. This passage is for individual relations. It is created so that people could commune together and be able to forgive each other in the lives that they lead together. They don’t need to be related but are entwined in the same community or location. This passage should not and, really, does not apply to governments, organizations, religions, or cultures. The proof that it doesn’t lies in Jesus’ own actions regarding these other entities. He didn’t make peace with the pharisees, nor the tax collectors or the Romans. He spoke out harshly against them. He used all forms of expression to make people understand that those people were, in his point of view, WRONG or EVIL. Although, he never physically hurt anyone, he did use his words to “condemn” others, which could have had physical repercussion. The one thing that is clear is that HE did call EVIL exactly that.
He spoke CLEARLY. Do you hear any leader speaking clearly.
Obama says, “Let me be clear”, yet he is anything but clear.
he command came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, “Stand in the door of the temple and speak this message: ‘Hear the word of Jehovah, all you people of Judah who enter these gates to worship him. Jehovah, the God of Israel, says: Change your ways and your deeds and I will let you live in this place. Trust not in misleading words, thinking, this is the temple of Jehovah. For if you really change your ways and your deeds, if you faithfully see that justice is done between a man and his neighbor, if you do no wrong to the foreigners who live among you, to the fatherless nor to the widow, and do not shed the blood of the innocent in this place nor follow other gods to your hurt, then I will let you stay in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever.
“‘But now you are trusting in misleading words that are useless. Will you steal, murder, tell lies and offer sacrifice to Baal, and follow other gods whom you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house which bears my name and say, We are free to do all these shameful deeds? Is this my house, which bears my name, in your eyes a den of robbers? I myself have seen these shameful deeds,’ says Jehovah.
“‘Then go to my temple which was at Shiloh, where people used to worship me at first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. Now because you have done all these deeds, and have paid no attention, although I spoke to you earnestly and often; and have not answered, although I called you, I will destroy the temple which bears my name, in which you trust, and the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did at Shiloh. I will also send you from my sight, as I have sent away your relatives, even all the Northern Israelites.'”
When Jeremiah had finished speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to say, the priests and prophets seized him and said, “You must die. Why have you said in the name of Jehovah that this temple shall be like Shiloh and this city shall be deserted, with no one living in it?” And all the people were gathered about Jeremiah in the temple of Jehovah.
But when the public officials of Judah heard of these things, they came up from the palace to the temple of Jehovah and held court at the entrance, at the new gate of the temple. Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to the people, “This man should be put to death, for he has prophesied against this city as you have heard with your own ears.” But Jeremiah answered the officials and all the people, “It was Jehovah who sent me to prophesy against this temple and city all that you have heard. Now therefore change your ways and your deeds and listen to Jehovah your God; and he will not do the evil things that he has threatened to do to you. But as for me, see, I am in your power; do to me as you think right and proper. Only remember that, if you put me to death, you will bring upon yourselves and upon this city and upon its inhabitants guilt for shedding innocent blood, for Jehovah has indeed sent me to you to tell you all these things.”
Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and to the prophets, “This man does not deserve to die, for he has spoken to us in the name of Jehovah our God.” Certain of the elders of the land rose and said to the assembly of the people, “Micah prophesied in the days when Hezekiah ruled over Judah, and said to the people of Judah, ‘Jehovah of hosts says:
“Zion shall be ploughed as a field,
Jerusalem shall become a ruin,
The temple-mount an overgrown hill.”‘
“Did Hezekiah and the people of Judah put him to death? Did they not rather fear Jehovah and ask him to forgive them, so that he did not do the evil things that he had threatened to do to them? But we are in danger of doing great harm to ourselves?”
G-d doesn’t WANT us to remain silent and passive when it’s HIS commandments that are being broken.
Terrorists who kill innocent people, FGM, Multiple wives (Jews don’t have multiple wives – in the old testament that was allowed but in practice this is no longer acceptable. Divorce is allowed, but it’s not as easy. The legalities are similar to that of the legal divorces here), stonings, and beheadings. Other than the violent, bloody and horrid aspects of Islam there are other issues: foreigners are not accepted and this is dangerous, because that is what makes Islam EXCLUSIONARY. It is INTOLERANT.
To Accept intolerance is to become intolerant.
Intolerance is negative. Tolerance is positve. To tolerate intolerance equals EVIL.
To NOT tolerate INTOLERANCE is GOOD. It negates intolerance.
“I am your GOD” —- The FIRST COMMANDMENT
To not keep his commandments is to NOT have G-d as your ideology. Islam breaks with almost all the commandments. Islam is not following the g-d of Israel or the Christians.
G-d is LOVE
What is LOVE?
Is it love if only one person loves the other in a romantic relationship?
A mother has unconditional love for her child, but that love INCLUDES discipline.
Love requires HONOR. It is RECIPROCAL.