Whatever happened to talking?

I rarely venture into discussing anything currently making news headlines. And I’m not going to say much now except for these three things:

1. As both a curious person and a librarian, I find it to be a universal truth that banning/burning any book simply causes the contents of that book to be much more interesting and desirable. If you disagree with something that has been written, why not read it yourself and be open to discussing it with those who have a differing opinion? Why not speak to them from a place of love instead of wounding them from a place of hatred?

2. And if you absolutely can’t find any redeeming qualities to the Quran itself, or the people who believe in it, what about considering the aftershocks that could happen as a result of intentionally destroying it? What about the missionaries in Muslim countries? Have you considered the impact this could have on their ability to make relationships and show love to others? Will you feel comfortable, proud even, telling your children about what you’ve done and will you be able to answer their questions? Will you be able to bite your tongue if another group chooses to do the same thing to the book that guides your life?

3. Finally, I’m a big fan of remembering that there were other religions when Jesus walked the face of the earth. And unless it’s buried in a parable that I don’t fully understand the meaning of, I don’t recall Jesus trying to physically force or destroy any of them or their followers. Instead I’m aware of how he simply spoke truth in gentle words and offered all a chance to listen and follow him if they so desired.

“For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:9-10

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