"Vatican Says Koran Buring Would Be 'Outrageous' "I suppose that, in some circles, this will be 'proof' that the Catholic Church is controlled by Muslims. It's already assumed that we're controlled by Jews. (January 22, 2010)
AFP via myFOX New York (September 8, 2010)
"The planned mass burning of copies of the Koran in Florida on Sept. 11 would be "an outrageous and grave gesture," the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said Wednesday.
"Florida pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, vowed to burn the Muslim holy book in a protest against extremism.
" 'No one burns the Koran,' read the headline in Tuesday's L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's paper.
"The Vatican's condemnation added to a chorus of voices asking Jones to reconsider his protest...."
Turns out that Pastor Jones has a book to sell, as well as T-shirts: so there's a pretty good business case for this high-profile Opernplatz reenactment.
Book-Burnings and Enlightened Self-InterestI might be less apt to sympathize with people whose religious beliefs run counter to both the traditional American WASP standards and the current politically correct silliness - if I wasn't a member of a religious minority that hasn't been liked by either old-school 'real Americans' or the more contemporary earnest sophisticates. Change the names a little, and many screeds against Islam could have been written about Catholicism.
I've written about why it's prudent to defend others before, in another blog:
"...A German pastor, Martin Niemöller, made the point I'm trying to make. Quite a few times, it seems.Sometimes I have to study, think, and change my assumptions before I can agree with what the Holy See says. This time it's not so much of an effort, since my ideas of "tolerance" were part of the reason I became a Catholic. Which is another topic.
"He's credited with writing a poem. Several, actually, all with the same general message. Here are a few:"When Hitler attacked the Jews"Or maybe it was
I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the Catholics,
I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists,
I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.
Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church --
and there was nobody left to be concerned."
(Niemoller's address to the U.S. Congress (Congressional Record,
October 14, 1968, page 31636), Martin Niemoller poem and address on Hitler and the Nazis)"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --"Or
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."
(MARTIN NIEMÖLLER: "FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS...", United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)"First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--"The version you ran into probably isn't there. Some are rather politically correct, some were edited from a more conservative point of view. Although I don't quite agree with the UC Santa Barbara professor's assumption that the guy from the Small Business Administration was subverting the pastor's message ('everybody knows' what those capitalists are like?), the professor's page is one of the best resources I've found online, for studying Niemöller's remarks.
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me."
(Martin Niemöller's famous quotation: "First they came for the Communists"..., a page by Harold Marcuse, UC Santa Barbara)
"Between Islamic crazies and white supremacists, there's a whole lot of hate - concentrated in, I trust, 'a very few bad apples,' but dangerous nonetheless. 'My end of the boat isn't sinking' is not a prudent attitude...."
(Another War-on-Terror Blog (December 11, 2009))
- "Actions have Consequences: Burning the Quran"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (September 7, 2010)
- "Burning the Quran? Better Than Burning a Muslim: Still - - -"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (September 5, 2010)
- "Aspergers, Meditation, Tolerance and a Loud Pump"
(September 3, 2010)
- "Religion isn't Bad?"
(April 12, 2010)
- "Hating People: Not a Good Idea"
(January 22, 2010)