I was given a copy, or I should say a copy was shoved at me, a few years ago at our local State Fair (which sadly was not held this year for economic reason...it was the nation's oldest state fair...)
Anyway, one of the booths was an Islamic organization, right next to fudge shop and across the aisle from the leather wallets, belts, and the spice seller. I was pushing my mom in a wheelchair and was surprised when a couple of men, just jumped out at me and other people, and shoved a book at us. Before I realized what was what, my hand shot out and I took whatever I was being given. It was not unusual for folks to hand out pamphlets at the State Fair - new vinyl siding offers, life insurance, water seal your basement, info about the elm leaf borer which was attacking Michigan's trees, etc. When I realized what it was, it was too late....I was already holding it. It was so unexpected and I was completely caught off guard....
Needless to say, I personally think the whole Islamic faith is evil, as well as their much admired book. I refused to bring it under my roof....so, it found a nice resting place on the fair grounds.
I know that I should have given it back and actually stopped to discuss faith with him, but, it was so unexpected, and I was completely unprepared. I think today I might have handled the situation differently....
I am always amazed when people jump to defend Islam and the Quran....and yet defend very little else. Why is that?
If we fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression, etc...and thereby protect the rights of muslims and their book....why is it that people frown on others who dare wish a "Merry Christmas" to the store clerk or the teacher at school, no religious symbols at work, etc. Everyone is all for separation of church and state when the church is the Christian church....no crosses in the schools, no mention of anything religious, no Christmas parties-they are called winter parties, or Christmas vacations - it's now mid-winter break, etc....however, the muslim kids can leave for prayers on Fridays, and have their holidays off...and they have them off in order to celebrate Eid, etc. They call it Eid, not mid-summer day off, or winter day off.
In Boston, there was a school that took their kids on a field trip to a Mosque to learn about the architecture. They were told it was only to see the beautiful building style (although I would say that Orthodox churches are way more beautiful and worthy of study). The kids were taught how great Islam is, how they believe in God (we aren't allowed to even mention Christ in school or at school events), and how Islam treats women way better than American society. Inside the boys were separated from the women and girls. One mother chaperon was shocked to look over and see the boys standing with the men for prayer, mimicking their hand gestures, and prostrating on the ground. She has it on tape. How did the teachers let this happen? How is that allowed?
Anybody read about it in the news? No? I thought not.
However, in a few months we will hear about all the people who are offended, and who's sensibilities were hurt during the "holiday season" because someone dared to utter the word "Christmas".