Obama on Burning the Quran

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President Obama has opined on the “wisdom” of a Florida pastor burning the Koran this coming 9/11:

President Obama is encouraging a Florida minister to “listen to those better angels” and call off his plan to engage in Quran-burning this weekend.

Obama, on “Good Morning America”, said that he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida listens to people who have asked him to call off the plan. The president characterized it as a “stunt.”

“If he’s listening, I hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans. That this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance.”

Wait! Isn’t this the same President who championed the legality and right of Muslims to build a mosque and community center in the shadow of Ground Zero, but refused to comment on “the wisdom of it”?

Here we have a Florida pastor, exercising his right of free speech and suddenly, Obama finds his voice? Or did he just get bumped a “pay grade” when we weren’t looking?

I’ll comment on the “wisdom” of burning the Quran: It’s a bad idea. It is, you will excuse the pun, inflammatory. If the good pastor ever hopes to reach out to any Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he will find even more resistance to what begins as a daunting task.

Aside from the peril it might increase for our troops on foreign soil and at home, it is an unnecessary bit of political theater unbefitting a supposed minister of God.

But, as even a blind pig can find an acorn occasionally, Obama characterized this as “a stunt”, and so it well may be. It seems to be one way to make the point, that although some things are legally permitted, they can often be inflammatory or unwise, perhaps the Apostle Paul with his whole “cause your brother to stumble*” message had the right idea after all?

I suspect that at the last minute, with all the cameras rolling and the attention of a news cycle starved media circus attending, that the pastor will refrain from burning any books and declare the principle that just because something is legal doesn’t mean you should always do it…like that Mosque at Ground Zero.

Then he could exhort them to use most of the arguments public figures have used against him and apply them to the so called “Ground Zero Mosque” in NYC.

And then, sit back and watch the spin.

*I Corinthians 10:23 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” -KJV


: Driving to the airport, I heard ABC News report at 1:00PM Pacific time, that Jones said he would consider canceling plans to burn the Quran if the planned mosque near Ground Zero in New York City would relocate. Hmm. Who could have predicted that? See also USA Today

Inspired by a post by Rob Port

Cross posted at Proof Positive

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  • http://www.townsrealty.com/ Maitland Realtor

    This is what a true man and a good president should do. Long live Obama.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    There should definitely be a ban on burning Muslim ink-stained paper.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Much like political animals at SAB, many of the political folk who congregate at Church to use it as a means to endorses a political party or view, are little more than children.

    It’s our job to scold our children, but it certainly isn’t our responsibility to scold the children of others.

    Obama is a Christian of a nation that many consider to be a Christian nation. He has an obligation to advise on the wisdom of actions that endanger our troops as we are the dominating religion, but it would be over stepping to use the presidency to leverage political persuasion over a minority church. Certainly these churches know how many of the American public feel about the construction of this establishment.

    Let the Muslim leaders advise on the wisdom of building this establishment to their children.

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    As a miracle undeniable by scientist, Einstein or Sir James Jean— and the philosopher , Russell or Freud’s warning , a challenge, a key to man’s future destiny, the sole method of averting the atomic ruin, a design of Noah’s Ark in this nuclear, fiery deluge, and the only irrefutable proof of the Quran’s divine original, I declare this prophetic warning of the Quran to the world, indeed my own discovery by the grace of Al-mighty Allah along with its 3000 page English explanation. The Quran says:-
    “Woe to every back-biter, defamer, who amasseth wealth (of this world) and arrangeth it (against the future). He thinketh that his wealth will render him immortal. Nay, for, verily he shall be cast into Al-Hotama. And what could teach thee, what Al-Hotama is? It is kindled fire of Allah which leapeth up onto the hearts. It is (a fire) closed in on them in outstretched columns”.
    (Quran-104- Al-Homaza)
    Herein this modern Baconian atomismistic progress is given out, as the cause of the appearance of the manifestations of the atomic hell, e.g. the atomic bombs and atomic radiations etc. But the worst aspect of the whole affair is the identity between the causes of the appearance of this transient atomic hell and the eternal atomic hell, the Hotama of the next world. Those deserving might escape this transient atomic hell, but none among the deserving shall escape the eternal Hotama. Dreadful aspect. And know that this transient atomic hell is the representation of the Hotama of the next world.
    The Characterization of the cause of the appearance of the atomic hell that is this modern Baconian atomismistic progress by the Quran:-
    i. The Quran says : “backbiter, defamer”. This is the age of atomism. Atomism, both ancient Greek as well as this modern Baconian is a kind of doctrinal slander against faith. Its doctrine and its purpose has imparted a slanderous temper to the modern critical rationalism. The result is an intellectualized type of slander, nicknamed as propaganda. This is an age of slander, every way slander.
    ii. The Quran says “He amasseth wealth (of this world) and arrangeth it (against the future).No better description of this modern, continuous, ever-increasing, systematic, organized, infinite and universal process of wealth-accumulation, and its systematic arrangement for future, could be expected.
    iii. The Quran says. “He thinketh that his wealth will render him immortal”. Mark man’s faith in the continued eternity of this modern progress and see man’s solicitude about the durability of the worldly works, as if he thinks, he has for ever to live in this world.
    iv. The Quran says, “Nay, for verily he shall be cast into the atomic hell”. The slandering wealth-accumulator’s notion of eternity is denied. The logical and scientific consequence of the process has now appeared in the form of atomic hell to deny his notion and to destroy both him and his accumulated wealth.
    The cause of the appearance of atomic hell having been explained now read the description of the result that is the atomic phenomenon by the Quran.
    The characterization of the atomic phenomenon by the Quran :-
    “Otama”! And what could teach thee what Al-Otama is? It is fire of Allah enkindled which leaps up onto the hearts. It is (a fire) closed in on them in outstretched columns. (Quran-Al-Homaza- 104)

    The O of Otama is stressed by H in the Quran. We will discuss now point by point:-
    (1) The Quran says : “Otama”. Otama is a pure Arabic word derived from the root-verb ATAMA or Hatama, which means to break something into pieces or to shatter it. Otama or Hotama is descriptive noun and means a breaker or crusher. That the Quran should call a fire by the name of breaker would at once call to the mind of the scientist the German term “Bremsstrahlung” which literally meant breaking radiation and was applauded as highly descriptive by the atomists when first coined by the Germans for continuous spectrum forays. Not only this, but it has to be observed that the characteristic of breaking or crushing is one of these particular characteristics of the atomic phenomenon which distinguish it from all the rest of the phenomena, chemical, electrical or gravitational. Mark the atomic energy appearing by breaking the blinding of the atomic nucleus. Atomic and only the atomic energy is generated in this manner and none other. Not only this, but further, the Atomic Phenomenon may be regarded as the absolute crusher. Since its breaking and crushing is of a nature absolute. Atoms once crushed could not be reconstructed by any method of synthesis. Nucleus once disintegrated could not be rearranged in its original form by any means or method. So completely absolute is the crushing involved in the atomic actions and reactions that the destruction of both the basic building block of the universe that is atom and basic unit of life that is the cell is embraced. This again is a characteristic which distinguishes the atomic phenomenon from all the rest. Not only this, but further the atomic radiations that are inherent in the very nature of the atomic phenomenon, show the identical trait of breaking and crushing. In inanimate matter they break the atomic nuclei and cause transmutations of atoms by changing the form of the nuclei. In living bodies, they attack the cell nucleus and break the chromosomes thereof.
    The heat flash of the atomic bomb explosion falls with a crushing impact like lightning on the body and kills the heart of its victim with the shock. The blast of the atomic bomb is terrible crusher of structures, while the radiations of the atomic bomb explosion carry out the process of crushing in the usual way. The first two features may be observed in the conventional bombs also. But what is the crushing wrought by the conventional bombs to that wrought by the atomic bomb.
    This trait, that of breaking and crushing on the part of atomic phenomenon may be observed with conspicuity in all the standard text books of atomic physics that may be found replete with terms like “ bombarding, crushing, smashing, hitting, breaking etc in the description of the actions and reactions of atomic phenomenon. Likewise the standard text books of radiobiology maybe found replete with phrases like, target concept, Direct action, indirect action, snapping the cable with a bullet, breaking the chromosomes, and sentences like. Radiations hit the cells like sledge hammer and crush them, while describing the actions and reactions of radiations. To this may beaded the words of Rutherford that expressed his astonishment at the crushing trait of the atomic particles. After his famous experiment in which he had bombarded the gold foil a with alpha particles, he wrote in his diary, “ It was an incredible as if you fired a 15 inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you. It was the most incredible moment that ever happened to me in my life”.
    Lastly back to the question of the phonetic and functional identity existing between the word atomic and Quran’s atomic. The former being coined or adopted by the scientist and the latter by the Quran. Atom no longer means something indestructible, while Otama of the Quran means a destroyer and both expressive of the act of breaking. Do mark the sound of the two words! It appears to be one word. Is this then a mere coincident? No, the exact, characterization of the atomic phenomenon by the Quran exlcudes the possibility. Rather it appears that he, who coined the term Otama, had before his eyes, indeed supernaturally penetrating eyes, the entire theme of atomic phenomenon and all the future ages. The term Otama being neither Greek nor English enhances the wonder at being so similar a term as atomic even in the Arabic tongue. What other name could be given to this fact if not a miracle?
    (2) The Quran says :- “Otama is fire of Allah enkindled”. This point involves no complexity. Atomic phenomenon produces energy. Energy produces heat. Heat produces fire. The association of fire with atomic bombs and radiations is a well known fact. But why Allah should associate this particular fire with His own name is the question! The colossal magnitude of atomic fire as well as of its high temperatures might be the consideration. Again if this mankind is consumed eventually by the flames of the atomic bombs or the effects of radiations, as punishment for sinful deeds enumerated by the Quran, then rightly this fire may be regarded as the wrath of Allah enkindled. This is a fact which takes the mind of every thoughtful man to the causes and the effects of this great problem. Will this mankind be able to avoid the atomic war for ever or will it be able to guard itself from the hazards that are apparently incident on the existence of the factor of atomic radiation, are the questions that demand the attention of every man that is endowed with the faculty of thinking.
    (3) The Quran says :- “Otama is a fire which leaps up onto the hearts”. Here then is a characteristic of the atomic phenomenon which may be regarded as one most distinctively characteristic and the one, that distinguishes the atomic phenomena from every other, but this point of the Quran’s is proved by merely calling the atomic phenomenon by its characteristic name that of “the nuclear phenomenon’. The nuclear phenomenon is called as nuclear because its actions appear in the nucleus of the atom. That, in no other phenomenon, chemical, electrical or gravitational, the actions take place in the nucleus of the atom is well known. The nucleus therein in all non-atomic phenomena remains untouched to the end. But how the point of leaping up onto the hearts is proved is the question! The Quran has used the word, “Hearts” while the scientist has used the word, “Nucleus”. But the scientist himself uses the word “Heart” for the nucleus. The heart with nucleus thus is a synonymous. The Quran has not spoken amiss. That the scientist frequently and most aptly uses the word heart to signify the nucleus, may be found in the standard text books on atomic physics. Two out of scores of examples will suffice:-
    a) “Each fast particle comes from the break-up of the very heart of the single atom (The Nucleus) of the radioactive material”. (Vide Physics” Physical science study committee .second edition. D.C Heath and company Lexington, Massachusetts, July 1965 page 130.
    b) “How many nuclear heart-beasts are in the life-time of a radioactive nucleus which lasts only billionth of a second”.
    (Ibid : page/21-Short Problems)
    Edward Teller spoke in the year 1939, of taking energy from the heart of the atom. The entire field of action of the atomic that is : the nuclear phenomenon is within the nuclei of the atoms. The fission as well as the fusion process both takes place within the nuclei of the atoms of the fissile and fusile material. The best spectacle, however, of the leaping up onto the hearts that is the nuclei, and the best proof of the word of the Quran may be seen in the case of the Thermonuclear action, wherein the heat produced in the inner fission device is being directed onto the hearts, that is the nuclei of the outer fusile material. Remarkable in itself is the Term “Thermonuclear” in its purport. It clearly means a fire which leaps up onto the nuclei that is the hearts.
    The atomic radiations not only show the nuclear characteristic by having their actions within the nuclei, whether in inanimate matter or whether in the living body, but further by showing a particular attraction for the hart or whatever in the body is related to the heart. They present the point of the Quran touching the heart in a manner as quaintly suggestive as deserved the notice of scientist. Radiations affect the coordination of the function at a level where it is beyond the control of the brain. Bone-marrow and all the blood-forming organs are more sensitive to the effects of radiations than the brain, the nerves and the muscles. Multi cellular organisms are more sensitive to radiation than the unicellular. This fact may be attributed to the better development of the circulatory and respiratory system of the multicellular organisms. The blood relation of the circulatory and respiratory systems with the heart is known. The action of radiations is retarded in the absence of oxygen and again the blood relation of oxygen with hart is known. Heat flash of the atomic bomb kills its victim through shock to the heart. Mark the factor of blood relation in all these above-mentioned instances.
    (4) The Quran says: – “ Otama is a fire closed in on them”. The atomic phenomenon shows encompassing characteristics distinctly. The fallout enclosures of the local and global kind, the tenacity of the bone-seeking radioactive materials, the appearance of cancer six to thirty years after the exposure to radiation ,the appearance of the effects of radiation on the cell in anaphase inspite of the attack of radiation on the cell in its resting stage, the encompassment of the whole body by radiation inspite of the irradiation of one organ only, the survival of the lethally irradiated frogs for many months instead of dying in the usual time interval of three to six weeks if kept in a dormant state at a low temperature just above freezing pint, conditional to the appearance of radiation symptoms as soon as the frogs are warmed up and then the occurrence of their death in the usual time interval that of three to six weeks, and Alexander Haddow’s suggestion that the cancer producing action of the cancer-producing substances might be the result of prolonged interference with normal growth, and the encompassment of mankind to generations by radiation ,even to the point of extinction through long-term radio-genetic effects and thereafter, the encompassment of the earth by radiation for millions of years due to the wide-spread radioactive substances, and also the encompassment of earth by radiation in the age of full=fledged atomic emery for peace, are some the facts that indicate the distinct encompassing features of the atomic phenomenon.
    (5) The Quran says “ Outstretched columns” Besides the symbolically distinctive features of the outstretched column associated with the atomic bomb explosion, the world of radioactivity may be seen as a word of columns. The 4 centimeter rise of an Alpha particle if seen in comparison to its tiny size with the height it has assumed, may be regarded as to have constituted a column. The cosmic rays may be regarded to have risen in columns whose dizzying heights might cause the mind to reel.
    (6) The Quran says” What could teach thee what Al-Hotma is ?”. Judging from the complexity of the nuclear science the same question may be put to the nuclear scientist and the answer would invariably be. Nothing. The terribleness of the atomic phenomenon is besides.

    Dated 19th February, 1980)

    Allama Muhammad Yousuf Gabriel
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