There is a very dear blogger friend of mine who recently wrote on her blog how she and a section of people in the US dont agree with the pacifist policies of the US government when it comes to the 'muddhah'/topic of building a mosque near the 9/11 site or ground zero if you please.
She feels people of Islam have been burning since ages the christian Bible, The US flag (along with sundry others) and would burn the people of America if given a chance and that the govt. of the US is being lax when it comes to reacting to this terrorism and taking precautionary steps related to 9/11. But at the same time is very firm and strict when it comes to dealing with reactions/feelings and anger of people who were directly or indirectly affected by the 9/11 attack..
Burning Bibles, flags etc is so true of the extremist types. I totally empathise with the pain of the people directly or indirectly (the whole world - barring of course the extremists) affected by 9/11.
And I am against the firing/sacking of the guy who decided to burn a holy book outside the site proposed for the mosque..('A new Jersey train conductor, Derek Fenton was fired from his job because he decided to burn the Quran outside the planned mosque near ground zero on september 11th. He was with his company for 11 years with a very good reputation')
Though personally I dont agree with his decision of burning it, but as I see it you (the company) could give him some flak, but sack - NO.
But I do think that the people who decided to build a mosque near 'ground zero' should realize they can only do this in America or such countries where fanaticm is not considered an attribute. They could have been more sensitive about choosing or rather not choosing this as a site for the proposed mosque..There is an adage in hindi which says 'jale per namak chirakna' also in english the same thing goes as 'rubbing salt on one's wounds' Sensitivity is definitely not their strong point , though the intentions might be good/peaceful.
She feels everyone else (in other countries) is burning their flags, bibles and whatnot, and yet in America people get fired, arrested and get a 10k reward (whoa) over their heads if they do something that comes under the basic first amendment rights..That doesnt make sense to her and she feels that it could be fear of Islam that drives the United Statesto take these decisions..
I dont agree personally, because I feel its not fear thats driving the US to take these steps..its sanity.
I think its commendable when US tries to keep their sanity and enforce peace (though the 10k reward does seem a bit over the top ''the police are offering a 10k reward for information leading upto the burning of a Quran outside of a city mosque')
Only sane people will try to keep order when feelings are running high. Its just like the adult butting in during the kids fight.
Only a tree which bears fruit/is heavily laden with fruit bows/has flexibility 'goes another hindi adage.
This is America's 'one drop' in the ocean of humanity..I have this theory and I am very fond of repeating this 'one drop' theory over and over again.
I believe if each of us contributes our one drop of goodness (of thought or action) in this life's ocean the world would be a beautiful/peaceful place.
One drop is 'trying' to be responsible/sensible when noone else is, its 'trying' to contribute what we can for the good of society in however/whatever small or big way we can. Its reaching out - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
Its feeling, empathising, being there..