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Submitted by GetReal (United States), Sep 25, 2010 at 09:56

In my most humble opinion, burning the Koran accomplishes nothing but to further animosities. A greater understanding of what Islam is and what is it not, is required. Educating the masses, truthfully, on the history of Islam, from the moment of its inception, would serve a far better purpose, it seems to me. Few are they, and even among the Muslims, who truly know and understand Islam, or how it was that from the very beginning of Mohammed, even his own family believed him to be quite insane, or possessed by demons!

Can a man be faulted for believing with all of his heart, his soul, and his mind as he been taught, though what he's been taught is a lie? When it comes to Islam and all that he believes to be truth, he will rise up and defend it to the extent of sacrificing not only his own life but the lives of his own children (child suicide bombers) for the cause he so strongly believes to be truth! What could possibly change the path of such a man if not greater knowledge a far better understanding if so that he might change his mind and renew his heart? What weapon can successfully be used against such a man if not a greater knowledge of truth that devours the misconceptions like dry twigs in flames, or paper in fire?

You are not wrong to balk at the thought of burning the Koran before an audience. You're right. Doing so would accomplish nothing but put yourself at risk and worsen the animosity as well as to give occassion (excuse) for an uprising. Knowledge and truth, in my opinion, is our only true recourse, and once armed with such knowledge to NOT be silent and NOT succomb for the sole sake of preserving an image or mindset of "tolerance". It's the tolerant who become victims. This is even why Islam could not ever be victimized - because if it is anything it is NOT tolerant. Not in reality.

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