UPDATE : As we all know recently Pastor Jones followed through with the burning of the Koran. I also listening to the video of his pre-burning interview and his explanation of the purpose behind it all. My conclusion of his actions is that he still has a point. It's not against the Muslim people who desire to live peaceable beside their neighbors. It's to emphasize the radical element that cannot live peaceably besides his neighbor but wish to do them in if they do not conform to Islam. The people radical Islam hates would be the "infidel" in the Koran or "unbeliever". This would be you or I of a different faith. We see evidence every day of the carnage from this type of radical thinking as christians, jews and unbelievers are slaughtered all over the world just because they don't conform to Islam. As I said in the above article HATE, FEAR AND INTIMIDATION ARE THE THREE ELEMENTS THAT HOLD FREEDOM HOSTAGE. The Bible tells Christians to love the sinner but hate the sin....this has nothing to do with the person but everything to do with their choices. We love the Muslim people but do not agree with and dislike some parts of the Koran that tells them to hate and destroy the person.
The Jesus in the Koran is not the Christians Jesus who offered himself up as a one time sacrifice to forgive us of our wrong choices and living. No other religious leader that has ever lived can ever make these claims of forgiveness. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.... no man can come to the Father except through Him.
LETTER TO THE IMAM
I have no credentials to my name or hold any influential positions. I would be more in the classification of a commoner. I'm a 68-year-old grandmother, born and raised in this great nation called America. Through this letter I exercise the privilege of one of the great freedoms that we all enjoy, freedom of speech. My appeal to you is on behalf of over 70% of Americans who believe the building of the mosque near ground zero is not in this country’s best of interests.
In the "Today" interview with Pastor Jones he made the admission that burning the Koran would not be productive in establishing good relations between Muslims and the American public so he decided not to. He also stated "there is radical elements in the Christian faith as well as in Islam". Failure to recognize this is folly. Nearly three thousand innocent lives were lost due to this radical element as well as thousands of lives lost throughout the ages to religious wars created by radical leaders. Hate, fear and intimidation are those three elements that hold freedom hostage.
You are in the highest position of leadership and influence in the Muslim community. Even though the world perceived Pastor Jones as a lunatic he had a message for those who are willing to listen. He had the RIGHT in America to burn books but he realized that it would not be the RIGHT thing to do. The end repercussions would have been an uprising of Muslims throughout the world and the killing of infidels and unbelievers as the later version of the Koran instructs its believers to do. There are thousands of good Muslims in this country who try to live by the old way of the faith in a peaceful, loving manner but we don't hear from them because their tongues are bound by fear from the radical element in Islam. In the Christians holy book it teaches believers to pray for those we perceive to be our enemy, not kill them.
There are lessons we can learn from this recent incident with the burning of the Koran. One is that pastor Jones came to his senses and changed his mind much to the relief of the Muslim people and all of America. Is it so much to ask that you do the same and relieve this country of this stress and tension over such a sensitive and emotional issue and build the mosque in a different location? I leave you with this question--"In America you have the RIGHT to build where you want but is it the RIGHT thing to do next to ground zero where the blood of the innocent still remains?
Thank you for your time and attention and if Allah is who you say he is may he grant you the wisdom to make the best decision for the good of all America and the Muslim faith.
Sincerely yours, Just a Grandmother concerned about her grandchildren’s future