I sometimes see news stories that are so outrageous, so brainless, so completely unnecessary that I have to speak up, and this is one of those times. I'm really going to wade in some turbulent waters here, but enough is enough already!
Am I the only one who has noticed that Muslims in the Middle East will grasp onto any excuse to hold massive riots featuring levels of destructive and even deadly violence that is blown far out of proportion to any alleged outrage they think they suffered? I can just hear the following announcement:
'Ladies and gentlemen, this just in to CNN. Huge crowds in Kabul are protesting what they feel was an insult to their prophet, Muhammad. Apparently, President Obama's family dog barked what was interpreted by a visiting dignitary, as an insulting slur against the Prophet. He reportedly stated, "This dog was obviously trained by the Americans to bark in a cadence and pitch that translates into a grievous slur against the Holy Prophet!"
President Obama immediately prostrated himself in humility before Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, as he once again apologized for the United States and signed a Presidential order for another 7 billion dollars to be given to the Afghan people to aid in purchasing even more weapons to use against our military soldiers who are still stationed in that country. We can only hope this will satisfy the rage of the protesters.'
But it probably won't. The latest incident prompting Afghanistan Muslims to get their turbans in a twist is the accusation that American military personnel at the Parwan Detention Facility adjacent to the Bagram Air Base, were burning Qurans and other Islamic religious texts. Apparently, the detainees were writing extremist messages or inscriptions in the pages of the Qurans as a way to communicate with other prisoners.
These texts and Qurans were confiscated and dumped into a pit and set on fire. Afghan workers saw the materials burning and suffered injuries as they tried to salvage some of the books. According to Islamic law, the only way to properly dispose of a Quran is to wrap it in clean cloth and bury it on the grounds of a mosque in a location where no one would ever walk on it.
However, Islamic law also states that writing or making marks in the pages of the 'holy' book is considered blasphemy. Apparently, Muslims are free to cherry pick which laws they wish to observe and which they decide to ignore. No mention whatsoever has been made by the protesters about the detainee's crime of writing in them in the first place.
Two American soldiers were murdered by an Afghan soldier in retaliation and a total of 20 lives have been lost since the protest began. Now, let me get this straight. Two of our soldiers, stationed in that barren, sand pit, training ignorant, uneducated Afghan men how to control the security of their own country, were blown away by one of these pupils. Whom we are there to help.
Into whose economy we have dumped untold millions of our tax payer dollars and entirely too many American lives, trying to support people who insist on living in the 7th century to free themselves from the even greater oppressive rule of the Islamic nutwads, the Taliban.
One of the protesters, a 25 year old who uses only one name, Kamaluddin, stated, "We don't care about Obama's apology. We have to protest to be responsible to our God. They are burning our Quran. An apology is not enough." So tell me Kammy, what exactly would be 'enough?' How many more lives? How much more destruction of buildings and cars needs to happen?
Here's a question I've wondered for a long time: Is your Allah SO weak, SO pathetic that he needs common, mortal men to defend him? Can he not strike down his enemies himself? Is your 'god' so repugnant an entity that he must force people, by the edge of a sword, to worship and want to serve him? Why is he unable to woo and draw and cause mankind to desire him? What kind of weak, insecure, ineffective god is that? If he truly is God, who created the universe and all that is in it, wouldn't you think he could take care of and avenge himself?
I'm just saying.
So, apparently, you cannot burn a Quran but it is perfectly acceptable for Muslims to murder, marry and rape underage girls, use lies as a primary language, steal others blind, use their 'holy' book like a white board in which they color and write hate filled nonsense, be completely intolerant of and desire to kill anyone who looks, talks, lives or worships differently than they do! Forgive me, but where is the 'religion of peace' buried in all of that? Ooo, ooh, I think I got it!
You will be peaceful when you achieve world domination. Right? Well, I hate to break it to you, but that ain't gonna happen. Ever. So, you might as well grow up and join the rest of the civilized world, utilize that black gold you're sitting on to rebuild your country, treat your women like the valuable partners they are, master the mysteries of indoor plumbing and stop wiping your butts with your left hands instead of using toilet paper.
Which brings us back full circle to those Qurans
Donna Wasson is all of the following: Married. Mom. Hospice RN. Avid reader. Animal lover. Needing to spread the Gospel while there is still time.