This is not a reach. When Americans announce that they will commemorate 9/11 this weekend by hosting a Qu’ran bonfire, Muslims are going to be a little offended.
Muslim extremists, being extremists, will go to extreme means to lodge their protests. And this gives General Petraeus, commander of American troops in Afghanistan, troops that are presently in harm’s way, good reason to be concerned.
So concerned that he would personally take this otherwise innocuous Christian group’s planned activity to task from half a world away and suggest that in carrying out their promise, American troops could be targeted for retaliation.
So what do we get in response to the general’s concern?
They’ll “pray on it.”
Pray on it to what end, I ask. If it wasn’t clear to them that Jesus wouldn’t want His flock to defile the holy scriptures of an organized religion before Petraeus made his opinion known, how will they understand His wishes after?
Former Governor Howard Dean was on “Countdown” tonight discussing this, and I heard him say that America is a great country that does not lower itself to mimic the actions of religious extremists. And to that I call BS.
Because some of us do mimic the actions of religious extremists. The only difference is in the “lowering” aspect of this. You know, these Islamophobic Christians down there in Florida (why, O God, did You give us Florida?) are not lowering themselves to the level of the terrorists who destroyed buildings and erased lives.
They are already there.