Religious Extremism: The Same on All Sides?

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Quran burning by Florida Pastor Terry Jones' church group has incited deadly protests in Afghanistan. These events show the perils of religious extremism. Daisy Khan, from the American Society of Muslim Advancement and Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance both condemn the burning of the Quran and the subsequent violence.


Daisy Khan and Geoff Tunnicliffe

Comments [5]

Scott from NYC

I think you missed an opportunity in conducting this segment as you did. Of course it is true that the our first amendment freedoms permit Quran burning. Of course it is true that "Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should." And of course it is true that Quran burning is intended to be hateful.

Plainly, those who burned the Quran in Florida intended to incite violence and, in fact, succeeded in doing so. They would certainly point to the fact that the burning of a Bible, or a Torah, or a Baghavad Gita would not, likely lead to such violence.

You interviewed two individuals of differing religions (one a Christian and one a Muslim), to explain why they thought the Quran burning was needlessly provocative.

Well, of course, there are few who would think otherwise.

Plainly, though, there are some who think that Quran burning is a good idea (or that there is some point to the exercise) -- otherwise they wouldn't have done it. And I suspect these people are not media shy, either.

I wish you would have had someone from the other side -- the Quran burning side -- to explain why they thought doing what they did was a good idea.

Apr. 04 2011 04:38 PM
Kim W.

I have to admit -- when I heard Dr. Tuncliffe declaring that Terry Jones' actions were "not representative of Christianity," I actually cheered. I have been WAITING for a VERY long time for the moderates in any religious group to speak out against the radical members in their own midst -- because I've heard too many people assuming that "all" Christians/Jews/Muslims/Atheists/Agnostics/Buddhists/what have you act the way that their most radical members act.

It just leads to bad blood on all sides, and it leads non-members of that group to wonder, "well, you moderates, if this REALLY isn't indicative of what you believe, why aren't you stopping them?" As Daisy Kahn said, the radicals are hijacking religion.

And I was overjoyed to finally hear someone start to push back against it.

Apr. 04 2011 04:33 PM
Dooley from RI

Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should. Jones is a coward. If he wants to burn a Koran to convert Muslims, he should do it in Afghanistan and see what happens to him. As a white man I can go into a black night club and start calling the patrons the N word. I have the right to do it in this country, but I will still get my ass kicked. He had the right in this country to burn that Koran, but the blood of those poor UN workers is still on his hands.

Apr. 04 2011 09:47 AM
kris l from Northern NJ

What about the 3 imams that incited the riot? Are they "fringe" preachers too? What about the local police who should have defended the UN workers? Point: the guilt lies with an entire community, rather than just pointing the finger at Karzai.

Apr. 04 2011 09:40 AM

Prediction: John Hockenberry won't be doing a story analyzing "religious extremism" the next time a Muslim extremist commits an act of violent terrorism in the name of Islam. That's a dog-bites-man story, in this context.

Apr. 04 2011 09:29 AM

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