As you’ve already heard by now, Terry Jones, the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, has cancelled plans to burn the Koran (or Qur’an) this Saturday — the ninth anniversary of 9/11 — in the wake of international reaction (all of it negative), and the possibility of Muslim and Islamic extremists plotting violent retribution against all Americans (both soldiers and civilians) in Middle Eastern countries.  And that’s a good thing, given what the entire world’s been through in the post-9/11 era.
   Let’s get one fact straight, and one that should always be remembered: not all Muslims are extremists, just like most Germans weren’t Nazis in the years before and during World War II.  Like the Nazi party which disgraced Germany because they started World War II and caused the deaths of six million European Jews, the Muslim and Islamic extremists have disgraced the religions they belong to for several reasons — including their warped ambition for absolute power, an ambition that inclues manipulating the minds of souls of those Muslims and Islamics who care more about peace and tolerance than complete control of the Middle East, political and otherwise.  The best way to condemn both Muslim and Islamic extremism is to expose it for what it really is — a total violation of not only what both religions truly stand for, but also the laws of both God and man.  Just as we helped show Germany how evil the Nazis were, we can use every honest and available resource that we have to show the Middle East the dangers of Muslim and Islamic extremism — hopefully causing its people to both reject and condemn them, eventually leading to their downfall and punishment in an even-handed manner, not the "eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" method that ends up becoming more trouble than it’s worth.
   In the meantime, it’s a good thing that Pastor Jones has cancelled his plans to burn the Koran this Saturday — and if there’s any justice in the world, 9/11’s ninth anniversary will be spent quietly remembering the innocent dead who touched the lives of those who knew and loved them.  And for those who think burning a religious tome like the Koran or the Holy Bible for the sake of proving a point (even if it’s completely pointless), you should definitely remember the words of German poet Heinrich Heine, whose books were burned by the Nazis in the 1930’s: "Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also."  And that’s the last thing that anybody needs, even in today’s world.
John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
September 9, 2010

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I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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