Bad Eagle, September 2010 on how the burning of a Koran is part of a long, vibrant historical tradition of free expression:
Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida, is in keeping with an ancient tradition of book burning. His proposed burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010, is not, for all its outrage, especially original, or even significant…. It seems the US soldiers in Muslim countries like Afghanistan are not allowed to circulated Bibles to the people. Instead, such Bibles have been burned–by US military officers! All for the safety of the soldiers, of course.
Orthodox Jews have burned New Testament texts in Israel.
People burn things that are sacred to other people. They burn flags, buildings, books, and icons, images, and sometimes people even burn themselves. Muslims are very destructive of other people’s religion and national emblems, of course.
And so it happens. While Laura Ingraham gave a wonderful testimony this morning about the current political, religious, and social context of Pastor Terry Jones and the Koran burning idea, the historical context was absent completely, as it will be in most commentary about Pastor Jones. (Laura continual got the data wrong, too, saying Jone’s has a congregation of 50 people, when it a congregation of 50 families. But, that’s a detail.) Desecrating what others hold precious is one of the most common expressions of humanity. Indeed, the roots are ancient, and, we must acknowlege, Jewish.
Here, now, on the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, let’s be very clear: The Jewish people were originally commanded to be absolutely intolerant of other gods. That is Torah. Within their borders, they were to allow no exceptions, no compromises, and no foreign ways. The unique thing about the Jewish establishment was the fact that they created the Jewish nation on foriegn soil. The previous inhabitants were to be expelled, utterly. This is bold and brazen approach to civilization, but, it was all in the providence of God. It was, in fact, judgment against the depraved, denigrating conditions of the immoral heathen world.
Bad Eagle, August 2010 on how the building of a community center containing a mosque is impermissible, because free expression is overrated:
Religious freedom? NOT. The proposed Cordoba Mosque at Ground Zero in New York has nothing to do with religious freedom. It has nothing to do with tolerance, either. It is simply to honor Muslim murderers. For Americans to “tolerate” such a permanent gesture is truly a Freudian death wish.
Freedom of religion is not something this country was founded on at all. This is a grave error, and a most precarious, pernicious presumption. There is no justification of any mosque, or even cathedral, in the United States of America. And “justification” is a misapplied term altogether. Why?
“Religious freedom” is not a term found in the American Declaration of Independence, nor in the United States Constitution. “Religious freedom,” as a term, is a subsequent abstration, or a theory. It is a proposed principle, found in later commentary. It later developed into a political slogan.
To attempt to read the concept of “religious freedom” into the 1st Amendment is to commit scholarly error. To consider “religious freedom” as a principle, divorced from historical context, is to transcend history with personal application. It is abandon to the subjective, with a certain arrogance of soul.
The fathers of America wished to practice their Biblical beliefs the way they wanted to, without dictation from state authority. They wanted to practice Christianity the way they saw fit. That is the bedrock of America. The economic independence was an evolution of that “protestant” Christian faith.
The fathers had no mind for Islam, Hinduism, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Voodooism, Satanism, Buddhism, Shintoism, or any other kind of religion in the world. America was not conceived as a haven for non-Christian, non-Protestant religion or culture. To think it was is profound error in interpretation. This is anti-historical, unscholarly, and wholly unjustified and unreasonable. Such a concept leaves America as some multi-cultural buffet, or an international bazaar. The haven idea makes American society worse than a melting pot. It turns American into a big brown bowel movement, ineviscerably impacted with infectious bacteria….
Bad taste, insensitive, inappropriate, yes, these are all reasons to disallow such a mosque…. Tolerance never included that idea of allowing murderous Muslims to build shrines to their murderous beliefs and practices.
Tolerance is insulting, deceptive, and suicidal as applied to the Ground Zero Mosque fiasco. The Islamic lust for death has already infected America, and it accentuates the liberal perversions of anti-Americanism. Too much discussion about “religious freedom” is wholly subjective and naive, bordering the inane.
“Religious freedom” is a curse to America. As articulated by the ignorant, and the politically biased, “religious freedom” is a lethal deception.
Freedom is for things that Bad Eagle likes. Bans are for things Bad Eagle doesn’t like.
It’s not just Bad Eagle. That’s what’s going on in the consideration of Islam in America more generally: we want to ban the things we don’t like. In recent national poll just released this week, the people who oppose the building of an Islamic community center in Manhattan also disproportionately report dislike for the religion of Islam.
It’s bigotry (look up the darned word). It’s mob rule. That’s America today.