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Bonfire of Hate: rained off, postponed until intolerant nation exists

In by Kit, Crossing the pond on September 11, 2010 at 19:12

id he get cold feet, was the weather not quite right or was it the wave of political and religious leaders who branded an unknown pastor from Florida out of touch with modern America and an obstructive force in a modern tolerant multicultural society. Either way, the Reverend Terry Jones, pastor of the 50 member Dove Word Outreach Centre has decided to cancel the planned burning of the Qu’ran due to take place at 6 pm local time.

Pastor Jones said he would not burn the Qu’ran “not today, not ever.” The reason he gave to the press was that his mission was to expose the hatred which lies within Islam. He explained that the death threats he had received demonstrated this hatred. The reverend also mentioned that God had told him not to and compared his plight to that of Story of Abraham.

I’m sure many are breathing a sigh of relief. We have avoided an act which could have been reminiscent of the Nazi book burnings which took place in the 1930s. Although that is an extreme example it is important not to underestimate the feeling that such an event could have had on Muslims throughout the world and the potential for retalliation, some of which has already played out in Afghanistan with US troops feeling the brunt.

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No matter what you make of this spectacle its eventual meaning and interpretation could be far more positive for American society than at first glance. It may seem odd now to portray the event in a positive light but it can take the dismissal of a minority hate movement to show the combined force of tolerance.

Although often unmentioned since their rise this Spring, the failure of the BNP to capitilise on their European electoral success in the general election in May shows how far this country has come since the heyday of the National Front in the 1970s.


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