We reject that. We kbnow that God has a sense of humour; how else do you explain the hippopotamus and the ant-eater? But we also know that God calls us to be tolerant, and we completely oppose the mad plan by US pastor Terry Jones to burn copies of the Koran on September 11th. The ABC profiles Terry Jones:
Jones, 58, is perhaps the unlikely face of what's become a small but international movement that preys on growing hostility and uneasiness in the lead up this year's 9/11 anniversary of the U.S. terrorist attacks.
A former hotel manager, Jones, who worked as a missionary in Europe for 30 years, took over as head of the Dove World Outreach Center, a fundamentalist Christian church in Gainesville, Fla., in 1996.
That tells us all we need to know about Terry Jones. He represents a stream of Christianity which is somewhat different to that on which our beliefs are founded. What he is proposing to do on 9/11 is, in our humble opinion, little more than a publicity stunt.
There are extremists in the Islamic faith who preach a doctrine of hate, just as there are extremists such as Terry Jones in the Christian faith. However, the overwhelming majority of adherents to both faiths are ordinary, law-abiding people. Let's hope that Jones' koran-burning stunt does not further inflame the relationship between Christians and Muslims.
UPDATE: As we've been typing this, we've just noticed that The Veteran has posted similar sentiments at No Minister - he says:
All religions (like political parties) have their rogue elements. Jones qualifies as such because his action gives aid and comfort to radical Islam and will undoubtedly put the lives of western soldiers and civilians further at risk.
We can't disagree with that.