By Tom Quiner

Islamic shop owners in Houston publicly honor the pilot who flew into the twin towers.

The President is against the burning of the Koran.

The Secretary of State is against the burning of the Koran.

General David Petraus is against the burning of the Koran.

The Pope is against the burning of the Koran.

I’m against the burning of the Koran.

The always politically correct Mayor of New York said, that while he finds the whole affair “distasteful,” he backs the right of the Florida pastor to light up.

So, other than Mayor Bloomberg, most voices I’m hearing are vocally opposed to the Koran being burned as an act of protest against the religion of Islam.

There are bigger stories involved here than the burning of the Koran.  Here they are, an exclusive from Quiner’s Diner:

Real Story #1: The Christian world is vocal in condemning violence and moronic behavior from their own, even if it’s a nutty Florida pastor going to great lengths to scratch and claw for his 15 minutes of fame.  There is no comparable outcry from the Islamic world when their nuttiest members maim the innocent. Christian-Islamic relations would improve if we witnessed more Muslims publicly protesting Islam-motivated violence.

Real Story #2: Why is this even a story?  The Florida pyro-pastor heads a church with only fifty members.  He’s a nobody unless the media makes him a somebody.  So why did the mainstream media (MSM) decide to make this a big story?  Could it be a bias against Christianity?  In other words, do they like to report about isolated kooks from conservative groups that make conservatives look bad while ignoring stories about left wing kooks?

Real Story #3: This story got so big, the President sent in the FBI to investigate this guy.  On the other hand, the government ignored Nidal Malik Hasan’s embrace of radical Islam.  They were aware of, but evidently unconcerned, with his e-mail communications with Anwar al-Awlaki, Islamic jihadist guru for terrorists.  Of course, Mr. Hasan went on to murder 13 people at Fort Hood and wound 30 others.  Why is so much political-correctness granted to Muslim nuts, but not Christian nuts?

Real Story #4: Not only are we not hearing enough public contrition from Muslims regarding the tragedy of 9/11, we’re getting in-your-face defiance on some fronts. You probably did’t hear about this in the MSM, but there was a store in a Houston mall last year displaying this sign:

“We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali.”

Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers.  Contrition? No. Defiance?  Yes.

Real Story #5: Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan, Al Jazeera showed a video on television of U.S. soldiers praying.  They inferred our soldiers were there to spread Christianity.  This was so politically incorrect that according to Lt. Colonel Wright, the “troops at posts in war zones are required to burn their trash.” What is this trash to which he refers?  Christian bibles translated into Afghan languages.  Soldiers weren’t even allowed to send their sacred scripture home.  They had to burn it like trash. Why no outcry when Christian bibles are desecrated?

This November’s election will turn on several key issues.  One of them is surely political correctness.  Liberal elites grant it in lavish quantities to Islamic causes at the same time they loathe Christian ones.

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  1. maxine bechtel on September 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Thanks, Tom! Your comments are so appreciated and are so timely and needed! Oh, if MSM would only fulfill their supposed duty to be objective and unbiased! I believe that the Big Story that has been made of this issue was designed to make all Christians appear to be bigoted, mean-spirited kooks like this guy! Do keep on keeping on! We need your common sense insight!

  2. Paul Sharp on September 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I second Maxine Bechtel’s comments.

    Once again, on Sept 13, 2010, the Des Moines Register offers an example of apologists for Islam. We are told that Islam is a religion of peace, on the anniversary of 9/11 no less. Why were there no exressions of remorse for the World Trade Center attack and compassion for the victims?

    About Islam and peace I offer a few first hand comments.

    While working for nearly two years in the Central African Republic (CAR) on water development projects for the Lutheran Church I observed other religious based development projects involving Christians from Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Italy, but there were no projects run by Muslims – from Islamic countries or otherwise. I observed Muslims to actively, and with good business behavior I might add, operate shops and bid on construction projects funded and designed by the Christian mission groups. But — I also observed fear of the nomadic people (Fulani, and Muslim by the way) who herded cattle throughout the Sahel and into more southern and forested regions like CAR. They were known to have wealth in cattle – the supply of beef to CAR villages was essentially exclusively by the Fulani. The Fulani were primary subjects of road bandit attacks and the bandits were, so far as I was told, from the north – Chad and Niger were two specifically identified countries. The bandit attacks on Fulani were so relentless that they (Fulani) began abandoning their nomadic ways and moved into CAR villages and to refugee camps across the border in Cameroon (a country with better military security than CAR). What was the religion of the bandits? We can speculate that they were rogue atheists I suppose, but their countries of origin are Islamic. Seems to me fertile ground for Muslims to correct a very “non peaceful” situation.

    I observed that the Christian mission effort could not openly talk about Christianity with Muslims for fear of violent reprisal by other Muslims. A tragic example of this occurred in northern CAR during Christmas season of 2006. Several Fulani men attended a Christmas gathering in a village near their camp and when walking the several miles to return home they were murdered.

    The Islam apologists, like those in the Register article mentioned above, could enhance their position greatly if they would address the world wide behavior of Islam. Maybe I was unfortunate to witness an aberration of true followers of Islam. There may be examples of atrocities committed by Christians occurring even today, but from my experiences the religion of peace is very one-sided in favor of Christianity. Attempts to show Islam to be a religion of peace like that given in the Register article mentioned above fail.

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