Yesterday, from Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) Twitter flurry:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Hmmm. When the Koran is burned, riots and death threats. When the Bible is burned, Christians pray for the perpetrators. 9:48 AM – 22 Feb 12
Uh, you need to understand exactly who is doing the burning.
September 10th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
Would a Muslim burn the Bible?
….To burn a Quran is not just offensive; it is the equivalent of “destroying a people’s soul,” one Muslim scholar says.
The Quran is so sacred that many Muslims will not touch it without washing their hands, face and feet, says Caner Dagli, a religious professor at the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
“Muslims always keep the Quran in a high place. No book is ever placed on top of it. It is never placed on the ground,” Dagli says. “When a Muslim picks up the Quran, he or she typically kiss it and then touch it to their forehead, and do the same when they are about to put it down.”
The Quran teaches Muslims to respect the sacred books of Christians and Jews as well, says Chris van Gorder, a religion professor at Baylor University in Texas.
“To burn a holy Quran for a Muslim is to throw down a gauntlet,” he says. “Those who deface any holy book, including the Bible, in many Muslim countries today, will be executed….
Yes, there are individuals on this planet who burn Bibles. You just need to understand who is doing it and who isn’t.
Nearly 1 in 4 people worldwide is Muslim, report says
October 07, 2009|By Richard Allen Greene CNN
….There are about 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, according to the report, “Mapping the Global Muslim Population,” by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That represents about 23 percent of the total global population of 6.8 billion.
There are about 2.25 billion Christians, based on projections from the 2005 World Religions Database….
Can we all agree that it’s a really bad idea to burn any book anywhere?