Aug 7, 2010
I came across an article about a coming event which I consider to actually be beyond wrong! Someone is planning on hosting an "International Burn A Quran Day" on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Worse yet, the group planning on hosting the event is a Christian church! And yes, the people are actually encouraging people to burn a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book! In explaining his motivation, their pastor claimed that Islam is "of the devil".
I cannot imagine a worse expression of hate, not only from the point of view of wanting the various spiritual paths to get along and work together, but it is probably spiritually dangerous to go down such a path.
Most of us who are Pagan or Wiccan learned early-on the importance of respecting other people's spiritual paths. That includes their practices, their deities, their books, and their sacred objects. Many, many Christians have learned that over the last several years. I have been in a position to notice some marked improvement, even if there is room for more improvement. And in this case, even the National Association of Evangelicals has asked them to call off the event.
There are more reasons why a Quran-burning is spiritually dangerous, and I'll cite some very specific specifics.
And along with all else, it can be a major mistake to judge a large group by the actions of its extreme fringes.
And that isn't all!