-William Ryan, from The Art of Savage Discovery: How to Blame the Victim (an excerpt from one of many readings in preparation for my first class)
That makes me think of that Florida minister who plans to burn a holy book tomorrow. It troubles me so much. I am hoping that the Christian community and the government as a whole denounces this person's plans and rhetoric so that he can stand as an individual rather than as a representative of the Christian faith or of the United States or the West. As a Westerner, as an American, as someone raised in the Christian faith, I wish to state loud and clear that I see the Muslim faith as a sacred tradition, the Qur'an as a holy book and I deplore and denounce this Floridian minister's rhetoric, his plan for tomorrow, the shortsighted, ignorant, bigoted, unholy, unChristian place from which he stands and speaks. I do ask myself though...is he just a misguided individual, or is this a sign of systemic ignorance and intolerance (of the Christian religious community at large, of the United States at large, of the West at large, of which I am a part)? It would be much more convenient and palatable if it were the first alternative. Perhaps it would be wiser to consider both. I see it as a cry for help and I think whole communities of individuals, including me, not just this one man, could stand to benefit.