If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live in Nevada. Yes, there is legalized Gambling. Yes there is Legalized Prostitution. Gaming and prostitution are regulated and taxed. And how about the gaming and prostitution that take place in the other 49 states? How about the gaming and prostitution that IS happening in every “Muslim” country? I choose NOT to go to casinos and none of the people I think I know have indicated a need to visit brothels. If everybody suddenly became Muslim and acted Islamically, guess what? These places would close. But there is also an understanding here in Nevada that your rights end where my nose begins.
Somebody violated our rights the other day by chopping down a “shoe tree” that had seen generations of visitors toss their assorted footwear into the branches.
It was a senseless, wanton act of destruction. The tree was a community event that harmed no one and brought smiles to the faces of many a traveler. How silly and pointless can you get? Tossing shoes into a tree! REALLY! I am sure that some of the shoes were a message. Some of them might have signaled a beginning or an ending. With 8004 miles left in my walking to Mecca, I am sure that I will be having issues with my own shoes.
But at the same time as the Shoe Tree was being destroyed, so was a Coptic Church in Egypt. But more than a church was being bombed, so was a lifetime of mostly peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims. What happened to their rights? Rights granted to every human being by GOD, and specified in Quran, Hadith, and Treaties made by the Prophet Muhammad and his successors?
Outsiders (non-Nevadans) were probably responsible for the cutting down of the Tree, but we KNOW (by their own admission) that Al-Qaeda came into Egypt to blow up the relationships between Muslims and the Coptic Christians who have lived there for close to two THOUSAND years! Nothing in Islam, nothing in the Quran OR Hadith give ANY MUSLIM ANY Right to destroy ANY Church or Kill ANY Innocent Person.
I went to another WordPress blog called The Islamic Workplace. In it were listed all of these Famous Muslims, Muslim Organizations, Muslim Countries and Muslim Scholars all condemning this act of terrorism and denouncing the perpetrators. And then I looked at “Jihad Watch”. It totally ignores the fact that all of these MUSLIMS are coming out stridently opposing Al-Qaeda, and quotes an obscure Mauritanian who justifies terrorism by saying that there might be some women converts to Islam being held against their will. But it wasn’t at THIS Church, and if anybody was concerned, why didn’t they go to the courts for redress?
Destruction of a tree, destruction of Tolerance. Vandals and Terrorists remove joy and harmony from ALL of our lives.