“Would The Devil Write it?”

A Florida church has decided that the best way for them to publicly represent Christ is to burn copies of the Qur’an on 9/11/10.

Presumably, this church headed by Pastor Terry Jones (below) adheres to the teachings of the Son of God who when asked by His opponents what the greatest commandment is, responded with this,

‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.


Like Hilary Faye, Pastor Terry Jones is filled with Christ’s love. As if you couldn’t tell by the suit…

I fail to see how this Qur’an burning carries out the second greatest commandment. The book burning in Acts 19 can hardly be used as a precedent. What the Ephesians did there was publicly making their repentance known. By burning their sorcery books they were saying Jesus trumps sorcery, incantations and the occult. I find it hard to believe that the folks at this Florida church are repentant Muslims.

Predictably and justifiably so, there has been public outcry over this church’s planned bonfire. Young American Muslim, a Houston Chronicle blogger, has chimed in with a post titled, Burn a Quran Day is Hateful and Ignorant.

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Fe-y

With the acquisition of a new iPod comes the Herculean task of loading it up with one’s CD library. One of the CD’s in my library is Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy and while I was ripping it, I perused the album notes.  By the way, like a fine wine, “Betterman” gets better with age.

Vitalogy

The copy of a petition is found in the album’s booklet. The lyrics to “Whipping” (one of the tracks) are written on the same page. It is my understanding that the song is a protest against the murder of David Gunn, an abortion doctor, by an “anti-abortionist”. Marilyn Manson also wrote a missive against this crime and correctly called this murder the “ultimate hypocrisy”. Wow Manson and I actually agree on something.

Here’s the petition:

PRESIDENT CLINTON,
I AM OUTRAGED BY THE SHOOTING OF DR. DAVID L. GUNN WHO PERFORMED ABORTIONS. IN SIGNING THIS PETITION I AM DEMANDING FEDERAL INTERVENTION INTO THIS PROBLEM. CERTAIN PRO-LIFE PROTESTERS ARE GOING BEYOND VERBAL PROTEST AGAINST DOCTORS AND PRACTITIONERS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS AND THE WOMEN GOING TO GET THEM. I BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT THEY ARE OBSTRUCTING WOMEN AND DOCTOR’S FREEDOMS WHICH ARE, PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW AS WELL. THESE PROTESTS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS HAVE BECOME VIOLENT, CLINICS HAVE BEEN SET AFIRE AND NOW A DOCTOR HAS BEEN KILLED. PLEASE PUT A STOP TO THE HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE BEFORE MORE PEOPLE ARE HURT. — ED VEDDER

Let me be really clear, I’m not in the camp that believes doctors who kill unborn children perform abortions deserve to be killed.  Frankly, people in this camp frighten me especially those who identify themselves as followers of Christ.   It is a point of fact that we are all sinners and as such we all deserve death, but a patient, merciful and gracious God exists that brings us back to Him.

I find it interesting that Vedder was concerned that more people (abortion doctors) will be hurt unless then President Clinton takes action, yet Vedder (with his pro-choice stance) has no problem with status quo which allows for the the mortal dismemberment of unborn children.

Ironic

What do you think Alanis?

Mohler: The Awkward Irony of the Atheist Sunday School

Interesting commentary from Dr. Albert Mohler,
The Awkward Irony of the Atheist Sunday School

Here’s the last paragraph,

In a strange way, the rise of atheist Sunday Schools illustrates the central dilemma of atheism itself. Try as they may, atheists cannot avoid talking about God — even if only to insist that they do not believe in Him. Now, atheist parents are organizing Sunday Schools as a parallel to the Christian practice. In effect, atheists are organizing themselves in a way similar to a local church. At least some of them must sense the awkward irony in that.

Ironic indeed…