The embers are growing

“It is the duty of Muslims to react,” said Mohammad Mukhtar, a cleric and candidate for the Afghan parliament in the Sept. 18 election. “When their holy book Quran gets burned in public, then there is nothing left. If this happens, I think the first and most important reaction will be that wherever Americans are seen, they will be killed. No matter where they will be in the world they will be killed.”

qur'an is our law - death to obama

Yesterday, I posted about the Koran burning in Florida, and the resulting rage from Muslims. I also pointed out the hypocritical response of many in the media and our government.

Today, the message is becoming clear. We now have Muslims chanting death threats to Obama. Of course, I’m not a political fan of Obama, but death threats to a US President? I understand the symbolism of burning the Muslim holy book; however, it’s one little preacher with a congregation of 50. It’s not the US military burning the books. It’s not the US government ordering the burning. I’d even guess that the vast majority of US citizens oppose the actions.

Death threats and violence though? Killing all Americans?

What Jones has done is put a magnifying glass squarely on the extremism in the Muslim world – and it’s not just a small percentage.

Stark burning differences

“Are you willing to have the blood of soldiers on your hands by this demonstration?” – CNN’s Kiran Chetry

Associated Press - Afghans burn an effigy of Mr. Jones during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul on Monday.

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the stark contrast here in the Qur’an (Koran, whatever) burning story?

We have death threats, the FBI, the Secretary of State, Robert Gibbs, General Petraeus responding, suicide bombing threats, threats of endangering troops…see the difference in mainstream Islam versus mainstream Christianity?

If someone threatened to burn a bunch of Bibles or the US Constitution or the Declaration of Independence (symbolically), there would be an outcry, but not of this magnitude. There wouldn’t be the hyper-sensitivity surrounding the issue.

Gen. Caldwell said many Afghans do not understand either the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment or the fact that President Barack Obama can’t simply issue a decree to stop Mr. Jones from his demonstration.

Yeah – right. They do understand it well enough to burn our flag or effigies of our leaders and troops. That excuse doesn’t cut it with me.

I actually agree with the pastor in principle – time to take a stand. I don’t exactly agree with the method though – and it’s not for politically correct reasons either. I could care less if some radical Muslims are offended. I just don’t agree with the symbolism of “burning a book”.

PS: I’m also not comfortable with possibly endangering our troops – but I still agree in principle on drawing a line in the sand.