Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quran Burning

Why is it that extremists get the most attention?

Take this Petacostal minister in Florida who wants to institute an annual Quran-burning event to mark the anniversary of 9/11. I'm not sure what his goal is: to scare people away? To incite hate? To get attention from President Obama? Because it sure won't display the love of Jesus. And why is it that the media insists on giving this guy so much attention? I agree with Hillary Clinton's remarks:
It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world's attention, but that's the world we live in right now.
This in the midst of the whole debate about the mosque-building on Ground Zero, which is a ridiculous debate to begin with in a country that allows freedom of religion.

Meanwhile on 9/11 this year, East Liberty Presby in Pittsburgh will be hosting an interfaith prayer for peace. People from various faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Baha'i) plan to gather to walk the labyrinth together and contemplate how to live in peace. Will that get the attention of any news outlets? Doubt it.

Fear and divisiveness are loud. Hope and peace are much quieter.

1 comment:

Don Gordon Bell said...

You are correct that the 'squeaky wheel' gets the media attention. They have made this fool into a icon and many other fools will follow his example. The media totally ignores the attempts of most people to be reasonable and make a big 'to do' about the ones that will be 'famous for 15 mins'. The backlash will grow just like the "Cartoons" of 'you know who' caused so much problems for the Dutch and many non-mulims living in Islamic societies.