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Protest Quotes

These are the quotes I posted September 2010 in protest of, specifically the burning of the Holy Qur’an and other Islamic works, and generally burning any book. I find book burning to be reprehensible and one of the lowest forms of censorship and intellectual dishonesty. It is motivated by fear, hatred, and cowardice.

They are listed in the order of appearance with the date.

September 3, 2010

From the Holy Qur’an:

Jonah 41
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
And if they call you a liar, say: My work is for me and your work for you; you are clear of what I do and I am clear of what you do.

from Tao te Ching:

chapter 27, end stanza
What is a good man? The teacher of a bad man.
What is a bad man? A good man’s charge.
If the teacher is not respected, and the student not cared for,
confusion will arise, however clever one is.
This is the crux of mystery.

On September 11th of this year a group called “World Dove Outreach Center”. a soi-disant Christian group, has threatened to deploy the Hitlerian tactic of bookburning, aiming it at Islam and the Holy Qur’an. I am not a Muslim. Neither am I a Christian. Nor, strictly speaking am I a Taoist. But, neither am I not.

What I am is someone who believes in freedom. Particularly in the freedom of thought, which is encompassed by the freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Inherent in this is freedom from the loss of this freedom by repressive acts hiding in the guise of freedom of speech, religion, and assembly.

Also inherent is the obligation, as a free-citizen, to respect the thoughts, and therefore, the speech, religion, and assembly of others, differences not withstanding. Beyond this, it is our obligation, as American Patriots, to stand up for those whose rights are threatened. I ask you, as free citizens, as compassionate human beings, as brothers and sisters, to peacefully protest this bookburning.

Many of us are posting quotes from the Holy Qur’an on every Friday of this month. I am adding quotes from other writings I find to be in support of this idea, and of the quotes I have selected from the Holy Qur’an.

I ask the citizens of other countries to join in this protest, to join in securing the freedom of thought for all in their respective countries that we may all be free people. Resist hate and intolerance wherever it may be, in whatever form it takes.

Remember, if we fail to defend the rights of one, we fail to defend the rights of all. None are free until all are free. Peace to you all.

September 10, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate!
Man prays for evil as he prays for good;
Man has ever been impatient.
From the Holy Qur’an, sura: Journey By Night, 10 – 11

…”Om mani padme hum” ‘the jewel is in the lotus’
sanskrit mantra

I am not a Muslim; neither am I a Jew, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Atheist, or anything else like that. I am a spiritual anarchist; I follow my own path, using what works and feels right. I do revere the messages of these religions and spiritual paths.

I am also a political anarchist, but not stupid enough to believe we are evolved enough for true anarchism. I also believe very strongly in the principles of the US Constitution.

To burn a book, for whatever reason, is deplorable to me. It shows a disrespect for others. It violates the concept of freedom of thought as embodied in the the freedoms of religion, press, speech, and assembly. It also violates the message, the idea of love, that Rabbi Yeshua ben Miriam preached.

I don’t care ‘who started it’. It needs to end, for in the (paraphrased)words of the Mahatma, “‘An eye for an eye’ means the whole world goes blind.”

September 17, 2010

Thankfully, the Qur’an burning was called off. I don’t care much why. I’m going to continue to post because I believe in Freedom of Religion, of Speech, of Conscience, of Thought. I am an American who understands fully what that means.

In the name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate:
You who believe, do not wrongfully consume each other’s wealth but trade by mutual consent. Do not kill each other, for God is merciful to you.
from Women 29-30

From women you were born into this world; by women you are born into this circle. Spiral Dance, pg 157 Starhawk

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