I believe this began as nothing more than a publicity stunt in an attempt to
recruit new followers. This preacher does not have the good intention to share eternal salvation with the people, but rather he has a desire to mislead people.
Each side of this controversy contain a small minority, who do not represent the interests of their religion, and yet they receive a large amount of publicity. Their comments are targeted to receiving this attention.
The sad fact of the matter is, this world is full of people who are followers. They do not examine a situation, but follow the suggestions of those taking the most drastic stands on the subject.
I was disappointed in the reaction to this problem by our leaders. They stated they were against the burning of the Koran, but they all stopped short of casting blame where it belonged. There is a time and place to be a diplomat and a time and place to point out error. Everyone fell short of calling this a publicity stunt, andreprimanding the media for turning this into a circus.
In the United States we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press. With these rights come responsibilities. When news ratings become more important than lives, I have to ask, how has the media exercised their ethics?
Hundreds of Christian leaders spoke out condemning the burning of the Koran. I wondered how many of them suggested for this preacher to read the Koran before burning it. What would he have uncovered if he took the time to read it?
I am not an authority on the Koran and neither am I an authority on the Bible, but I see some similarities. Both the Bible and the Koran both cover a number of common subjects. How can you discuss the differences if you have no idea what is written in the other book? How can you ever hope to reach the other side if you don’t know what they believe?
The threatened burning of the Koran brings another fact to the surface. Only a small minority on either side will take the time to study the differences on their own. Both sides consist of a majority consisting of followers. This may be the means to an end.
This site consists of a number of verses from the Koran corresponding with parallel verses from the Bible. I have discovered if you have a basic knowledge of the Bible, it does not take a great amount of time to locate parallel texts. The Internet contains a number of sites containing the Koran and the Bible with the ability to search text. If there is another site listing parallel verses between the Bible and the Koran, I would like to know about it.