I feel like I have the same rant building again. This is a different incident but based on the same old ignorance and hate. "Christians" in Florida are planning to burn copies of the Quaran on September 11th?
Because my faith is one that is little-understood by main-stream society, often feared, and almost always misrepresented, I hesitate to criticize any other faith. I have to admit that there is a strain in the general relationship between Pagans and Christians. If you are into religious history, you might guess why. Also many Pagans come from Christian roots so there are sometimes personal feelings involved. That said, if I'm going to criticize, I'm going to be deliberate about where I direct that criticism. There are many Christians in this world who are loving and feel as angry as I do about this. None of this is directed at them in any way.
The people who have organized this "burning" and all those support it are a disgrace to Christianity and to humanity. I grew up Catholic and although they did, I learned we are not supposed to judge. I feel like there is a constant stream of judgment coming from the Christian perspective. In a country where we are supposed to have separation of church and state, why is it we hear the term "Religious Right"? They criticize everyone, if you're not Christian or you're gay or you're a woman who wants rights over her body or even just a liberal (haha), I think they think you're evil and must be stopped. They really and truly believe that their values are right for everyone and we should all just adhere to their way of doing things. There is no appreciation of differences, no ability to see beauty in diversity, no ability to even see humanity beneath faith. It's such a closed-minded and intolerant perspective. I don't really like the term tolerance because it implies putting up with something you don't like and I'd like to think we can do better than that but I'd be happy with a little bit of tolerance right now.
It seems to me that some Christians think that this country was founded on "their" religion, and that "theirs" is the only right way. Even in the skewed history we get, we learned that this country was founded because of the need for religious freedom, and as one of my favorite bumper stickers says, Freedom of religion means ALL religions! That means that we're free here to pray five times a day, or to go to church on Sunday, or to sit out with the trees, or to believe in only science and what's seen. We can express our belief in Spirit in any way we want and we're not obligated to hold any belief at all. That's a beautiful thing! I do not, however, believe that right translates to the freedom to commit blatantly hateful acts.
There is no other explanation for this, it's simply hateful. Again, it implies that these self-righteous Christians believe that "Muslims were responsible for that terrorist act". So every person who practices a particular religion will act in the same way? Considering the behavior of some priests over the past few years, I really don't think we should go there. If someone were to organize a bible-burning, what would the general reaction be? People are acting as if there are sides to be taken on this, just like the masque. Have any of the torch-carrying bigots even read any of it? Of course not! They just know it's evil because it's different. There's supposed to be some symbolism in burning them on that date, as if that holy book is a symbol of the hate that perpetrated those actions. Their anger is the symbol of that hate.
The thing is, that's a sacred text. Just because it's not sacred to everyone, it doesn't lose that quality. To set fire to it in this hateful way (I keep using that word) is a powerfully negative thing to do. The Witch comes out in me again when I think of the consequences that might bring about. I've learned in my faith that what you put out you get back in return. Judging others does nothing but harm. When you are loving towards the world, you get loving energy back. I wonder what energy those people will get back?
The best thing I can do is to turn a blind eye to it. I came, I wrote, I got it out of my system. (well, mostly) I'm still reeling over the wrongness of this. I'm sickened, yet again, by the media and the fact that this should never have been a story as it only instigated more hate and division. (Just doing their jobs.) I'm disheartened by the rampant ignorance and fear that causes division in this country. I'm grateful for my path and my ability to see all the beauty in every path to Divinity or calm. I'm grateful for my ability to step back, forgive, and love it all. I'm praying for peace again and still.