Religious or Respect Issue?

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between the gas leak that burned down a community of houses in San Bruno, CA, and the President’s economic appeals is a news story that should not be broadcasted.  I believe media to be a powerful force of influence in the world.  They are the gatekeepers of information.  What they broadcast will set the agenda of conversation around the world.  The U.S. media is an even more powerful source of influence in the world than any other media system.  Our freedom of speech allows stories and watchdog journalism that forces our system to be more transparent under threat of forcing the corrupt to wear a scarlet letter.

Media, education and religion are the fundamental forces that control people (not listed in order of significance).

That is why it is scary to see every network airing a story about a pastor in Florida who has decide to twist religion to fit his personal agenda.  Rev. Terry Jones wants to move the mosque from being built near Ground Zero.

People deserve to know the foolishness that lives in their backyards.  The right of information is an immeasurable value to humanity.  It can keep people honest and turn people against one another.

Every talking head is debating the controversy of political ramifications of burning the Quran.  However, is it really a religious issue?

  • Quran = holy Book of Islam
  • Mosque = worshipping place for Muslims
  • Pastor = spiritual leader for a congregation

All the ingredients are there for a religious debate, just add some fuel and the fire will ignite.  However, after talking with others and listening to the debates on TV, my conclusion is that it is about respect.  The U.S. is well-known to be a place of religious tolerance.  President Obama publicly supports the mosque being built near Ground Zero on principle that a mosque, and any other religious building can be erected anywhere on U.S. soil.  At the same time, Rev. Jones has the right to express his dislike by burning cheap phentermine wholesalers Qurans (Although this is more of a hate crime, why not burn an effigy of the mosque that will be built near Ground Zero?)  Would burning of the Bible be tolerated in the U.S.?  It should not be and neither should the burning of Qurans because it is disrespectful.

Having a mosque built near Ground Zero is disrespectful, as well.  Why did Musri decide to build one there of all places in Manhattan?  How would you describe close?  The proposed mosque will be built two blocks away from ground zero. The Huffington Post does an excellent job in breaking down the truth about the mosque.  Is it even a mosque in the first place?  The Cordoba House is a cultural center that acts as a sponsorship to many different religions, including Muslim.

However, since the announcement of the existence of a place where Muslims go to worship near Ground Zero became public, protests have ensued.  As a respectful action, Musri could move the cultural center to a new location.  However, the Huffington Post article said a pedestrian would have to go out of his way to be offended by the “mosque at Ground Zero”.

At the same time, the question if the pastor should be be allowed to burn Qurans is left unanswered.  There is no excuse for Rev. Jones to not realize the global ramifications of his actions.  The continual coverage by the networks of the Middle East showing the protests against Rev. Jones potential Quran burning should be evidence enough.  Although Rev. Jones has the political right to burn anything he wishes in protest, he should be respectful enough to not choose a religious symbol.  After all, how would Rev. Jones feel if someone in the Middle East burned a huge pile of Bibles to protest the building of a Christian church that is too close to the capitol?

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