Inflammable Muslims and Recyclable Korans


After reading this CNS story titled “interfaith leaders denounce anti-islamic actions, call for cooperation” (with the explicit reference to the questionable, but absolutely non-violent Koran-burning exercise planned by a small ecclesial community in Florida) I can’t avoid noticing the double standard.

When Muslim violence (I mean here people being killed, not American flags burned) simultaneously erupts in several parts of the (Muslim) world, the accent of the Western press is generally on the offence created to Muslims, but I can’t recall any massive call to Muslim countries to stop becoming violent every time there’s something they don’t like. They basically say “this cartoon creates violence” or “burning Korans create violence”.

Wrong. Violent people create violence. Cartoons may be in bad taste, but they are not violent. The pathetic attempt to construe cartoon-publishing and koran-burning as “violence” (pathetically espoused by a Muslim chap yesterday evening on the Muslim Self Victimhood Support Club, aka BBC World Service) is utterly devoid of any reality in fact. By depriving the words of their own meaning, leftists and Muslim fanatics open the door to the usual doublespeak so beloved by both leftists and Muslim fanatics the world over. If Koran burning is violence, then everything the Muslim perceive as offensive is violence, and then killing foreigners is just self-defence. Which is exactly the thinking of the Muslim fanatic.

“Oh, but this is our religion”, Muslim whiners always say. “Oh, but this is exactly our point“, we should answer.

Every appeal to not do what might upset Muslims actually encourages them to be upset, because 1) they see how well it works and 2) it encourages them into thinking that they are actually right.  This is the same as not doing everything which might upset a spoiled child. Correct the child instead, it works much better and is a long-term solution.

In the end, I have the strong feeling that the ecclesial community in Florida will announce that it renounces to perform the burning exercise. Still, I think that their initiative – apart from questions of taste – has already achieved its aim: to show the potential for senseless violence inherent in Islam. This should lead everyone to some serious reflections about what you invite in your country – irrespective of your religious convictions or opinion about the opportunity of the ceremony – by doing everything (yes, I am thinking of that Mosque) which encourages its spreading in the West.

Switzerland, a country blessedly deprived of political correctness and immune from the EU-disease, is clearly showing the way.


Posted on September 8, 2010, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Irenaeus of New York

    The protestant minister who is staging this stunt seems rather dumb. I listened to him being interviewed on tv and he was ok with muslims building mosques in the USA (in ref to NYC), he was ok with muslim immigration to the USA, he was ok with “moderate” muslims, but he was against sharia, and he was against extremists. And he said he was burning the korans to send a message to extremists only…. huh?

    This guy did not think this through methinks…

    • I listened to an interview to him on the BBC Anti-American service and frankly I had a different impression. As you also noticed, this chap is not a fanatic and is not “intolerant” at all. The only thing he wants to do is to draw attention to the fact that Islam has a potential for violence everyone must be aware of. That he is not against the building of the mosque shows in my eyes that he is, in fact, perhaps even too moderate…..

      I think we have a reflex of considering people who want to burn korans “fundamentalists” and attribute to them all possible reactionary ideas. My impression was rather that the chap is all but a fanatic and just wants to point out to how fanatical other people are. You may say that you cannot point out to that and approve new mosques, but then he might call you “fanatical” ;). His problems does not seem to be the Muslims in the US, at all. He seems to rely on the amazing capacity of the US (which I think is really unique) to bind people from every provenience to the flag. Doesn’t happen that way in Europe, let alone in the UK.

      For the record: I am against the building of new mosques, but I am not against the burning of Korans in the sense that I do not think he should be impeded from doing so. I will not adopt it as a private pastime but hey, it’s not my money. Whilst certainly not in the bast of tastes, his initiatives has revealed all the intolerance of the Muslim world. An intelligent chap, this.

      if you ask me, I’d bet two pints – or even three – that he will announce that he renounces to it because of the requests made by Patraeus and the Pope etc., thus drawing the maximum political capital for himself after having drawn the maximum of attention on his initiative. Again, a clever chap I think.


  2. Irenaeus of New York

    I am rather struck by how the media has covered this as an act of armageddon. Islam has truly succeeded in using violence to intimidate the rest of the world. Here are a few links for you.



    • The “moderate” and the “sensitive” (and the coward) are always painting Islam as if it were one billion people ready to explode, and it is our fault if they do. Well firstly they are not ready to explode; secondly those who explode pay the consequences (and their countries with them); thirdly it is their fault if they do.

      Having said that, Terry Brown is most certainly an idiot. Not even a five years old would pretend to believe that they’ll move the mosque because some obscure imam apparently said so. Besides, I’ve heard this morning on BBC world service again that the ground zero mosque was no issue for him in the past days, you said the same yesterday.

      One understands why the chap has only 30 “paying members” after a life as a protestant minister (he even grounded a community in germany many years ago apparently), and can draw some conclusions about his own followers.

      A brilliant idea and effective information work is being ruined by incoherent “God is talking to me this moment and telling me to eat four cheese pizza”- mentality. What a pity.

      The latest seems to be that he is now “reflecting” after seeing that he has become the moron of the nation. Of course he’ll not do anything and say somethign on the line of that God had afternoon tea with him and told him to let St. Michael the Archangel deal with the islam.


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