so some christian pastor of a church of about 50 is holding a quran burning event on the 9/11 anniversary. it's causing quite some controversy.
as much as this is not something i agree with personally, not something that i would do or endorse, what i do agree with is that this person has the right to do this, taking into consideration any fire code laws. freedom of speech and expression means tolerating things we don't agree with, this is one of the foundations of freedom. sometimes you have to accept some things you don't like or disagree with for the greater good. if we were to ban everything someone finds offensive, we would be in a pretty restrictive society.
also, some of the justifications against this action by world leaders is that this event will encourage terrorists to attack. i think this bad reasoning since the same leaders have told us that our freedoms provoke terrorists to attack as well. should we restrict our freedoms as well in an effort to appease terrorists? what about how our political policies and how they could provoke terrorists to attack? are the leaders of this world willing to shape their political policies in ways not to offend terrorists? don't the wars in afghanistan and iraq offend terrorists?
do we have the right not to be offended? i don't think so. i think the biggest tragedy of this all is that the media is portraying the "muslim world" as one that is ready to explode with revenge for this action. what the media doesn't realize is that they are further fuelling muslim phobia here in the west. the impression they are painting of muslims is that they are ready to kill you if you insult their religion. i find this portrayal of muslims by the media way more concerning than some stupid backwater hick pastor who is going to have a quran BBQ. i for one believe the the average muslim will understand that this is the action of a pastor and congregation of 50 and does not represent the actions of all non muslims, americans in general, etc. just like the average american understands that not every single muslim is going to fly a plane into your house.
if you read between the lines, the media is telling you that you shouldn't offend muslims or they will kill you. they are telling us in a sort of passive aggressive way that muslims can't handle criticism and resort to violence. and i'm ashamed to say that this is coming from the left of centre & centre media as well. i hope they realize what they are doing and the unintended consequences it is having. don't get me wrong, i'm also for freedom of the press, but just like how people don't have the right to not have their religious views offended, the media doesn't have the right not to be criticized for what and how they report.