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If I saw a bear in the woods, I would want it to cuddle me and lick my face; however if I went over to the bear and began cuddling and licking its face, I doubt that the bear would respond in kind. How come the Golden Rule won't work here?
You remember the Golden Rule? From Matthew 7:12: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
I know what you are thinking: "Bernie, you idiot, the Golden Rule is not meant to be applied to savage animals. Being nicey-nice to bears will not get you any reciprocity."
In response to my article Burning the Qur'an is a Good Thing, reader ghoppe from Canada left this suggestion: "I support the separation of Church and Hate. I think all so-called "Christians" who think this burning is a good idea should take a closer look at Matthew 7:12."
Thanks for the suggestion bubbala, however it does not work for barbarians. And certainly it should never be applied against an enemy during war.
Almost all Muslim countries forbid the building of new churches. We have permitted them to build thousands of new mosques here in the US; however that hasn't and won't change a damn thing over there.
Almost all Muslim countries forbid Muslims from converting to another religion. Thousands of non-Muslims are allowed to convert to Islam here in the US; however that hasn't and won't change a damn thing over there.
Christians and Jews are asked, "How would you like it if Muslims burned the Bible?" Well, here's the problem: we haven't burned any Qur'ans for hundreds of years (UPDATE 2 Apr 2011). But in that same period Muslims have burned millions of Bibles. They still do it every day.
Do you, dear reader, recall reading any of the following headlines:
- 2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually (1)
- 2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible (2)
- 2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses (3)
- 2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan (4)
The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:
- The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)
- If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?
Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.
By the way, there is a variation of the Golden Rule in Islam: Mohammad in his Farewell Sermon said, "Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you." Real original thinker, that guy.
In a related matter, the real irony is that on 9/11 the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida will be distributing free Qur'ans as a way to educate others about their religion. You may know that doing the same with Bibles in almost all Muslim countries will get you arrested, tortured, or killed.
But you've got to hand it to Muslims, they do have a sense of humor. Giving out Qur'ans on 9/11 is like Nazis including a copy of Mein Kampf with the towel to Jews as they go to take a shower. Muslims are so funny.
Free Republic, 25 May 2005, Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually
Washington DC - The Saudi government burns and desecrates hundreds of bibles its security forces confiscate after raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately or at border crossings.
As a matter of official policy, the government either incinerates or dumps bibles, crosses and other Christian paraphernalia.
Hundreds of Christian worshipers are arrested every year by Saudi police in raids on their private gatherings. Bibles, crosses and printed materials are confiscated and later burnt or dumped into trash. Bibles and other Christian paraphernalia found with travelers into the country are confiscated and destroyed.
Although considered as holy in Islam and mentioned in the Koran dozens of times, the Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia, and is confiscated and destroyed by government officials.
Recently, there has been a crackdown on symbols of Christianity in Saudi Arabia. On April 21st Saudi authorities raided a make-shift church in Riyadh and arrested 40 Christians. Many Christian religious symbols, such as crucifixes and bibles were later destroyed by Saudi security forces.
Justify This!, 10 Dec 2006, Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible
TWO Muslim students have been expelled from an Islamic school in Melbourne for urinating and spitting on a Bible and setting it on fire.
The explosive incident has forced the East Preston Islamic College to call in a senior imam to tell its 650 Muslim students that the Bible and Christianity must be respected.
Anxious teachers at the school have also petitioned principal Shaheem Doutie, expressing "grave concern" about an "inculcation of hatred and radical attitudes towards non-Muslims" at the school, including towards non-Muslim teachers.
"The main perpetrator (a Year 7 student) urinated on the Holy Bible, tore some pages from the Holy Book and burnt them then finally spat on the Holy Book," the report says.
The second boy, from Year 9, "tore pages from the Holy Book and burnt them", while a third student, from Year 7, "tore pages from the Holy Bible and then he rolled it up like a cigarette and pretended to smoke it".
The boys come from a variety of ethnic Muslim backgrounds -- one is believed to be an Albanian/Malaysian, another Lebanese and another Indonesian.
Associated Content, 18 Jun 2007, Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses
Father Manuel Musallem, head of Gaza's Latin church, told the AP that Muslims have ransacked, burned and looted a school and convent that are part of the Gaza Strip's small Romany Catholic community. He told the AP that crosses were broken, damage was done to a statue of Jesus, and at the Rosary Sister School and nearby convent, prayer books were burned.
Father Musalam additionally told The Jerusalem Post that the Muslim gunmen used rocket-propeled grenades (RPGs) to blow through the doors of the church and school, before burning Bibles and destroying every cross they could get their hands on.
Spero News, 19 Dec 2008, Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan
Pervez Masih tells AsiaNews that on that day, he and others were whitewashing and decorating the little church for Christmas. They stopped at noon for lunch, leaving the church open. When they returned, they found the bible and other sacred texts reduced to ashes, and a handwritten letter telling them to convert to Islam if they wanted to "live in peace" and avoid hell. In Pakistan, there is significant controversy over the law on blasphemy, condemning even to death those who offend the sacred book of Islam, the Qur'an. But nothing is done against blasphemous acts toward the books of other religions.