Friday, September 10, 2010

Religion, Quran burning, and teen runaway in Brazil

Hello, everyone! Ms. Opinionated here to give you my daily dose of insightful and hopefully amusing opinions on the news.
Let's start with the very religious week that is currently going on. This week is the end of Ramadan for the Islamic community, and the beginning of Rosh Hashanah for the Jewish community. On top of that, tomorrow symbolizes the 9th anniversary of 9/11. What a weekend this is going to be! I hope the religious community as a whole decides to retain their sanity, and not do anything retarded, like burn the Quran. I don't see that as being too pretty of a scenario. Maybe the meeting of some religious leaders in New York and other cities is a good sign. We can only hope.
Speaking of religion, who gave the pastor in Gainesville, FLA the idea to burn copies of the Quran? I really think whoever did so needs to undergo an immediate lobotomy, as does the pastor for agreeing with such an idiotic idea. What kind of reaction do they expect? "It is only going to be directed at the Islam extremists..." Really? It doesn't seem that way, as said pastor has decided to do this right around the time plans for buildings an Islamic worship center blocks away from Ground Zero are being discussed. Personally, I agree with the decision to build a mosque in that location. It will give the Muslims who disagree with Al Qaeda a chance to show their faces, and repent for what their cuckoo counterparts did, since apparently Al Qaeda has no intention if doing that themselves. It will also make American extremists, such as the dear pastor from The Dove World Outreach center, understand that people of all religions have the right to worship as they please. This is America, not some third world country where no one but the men are free. For the love of all things good, please realize that it was a group of extremists and not the entire relgion as a whole that commited the awful acts on 9/11.
As for the teen girl who ran away to Brazil with her boyfriend, maybe we should take a closer look at why she says she has no wish to return home at this time. Is there some sort of abuse going on? Is she just a headstrong teen? Who knows? To read the headlines on the subject, there is no investigation being made as to why she wanted to leave with someone she met online less than a year ago. I do, however, agree that if she were a senator or congressman's child, she would have been brought home as soon as she landed in Brazil, no questions asked. My opinion is that whatever actions are taken should be taken in her best interest, and not the interest of lawmakers, diplomats, or her parents. If she's happy, safe, and well in Brazil, let her be until she;s ready to come home. Before anyone can ask, I am a mother myself, and if my children ran away to another country, I would be trying to figure out what I did to make them want to leave. I don't agree with the way she went about handling her departure, but I also don't blame her for leaving if there was some sort of abuse going on.l Note to lawmakers where this girl's hometown is: Look deeper into the situation before dragging her back here. You don't want to put her back in harm's way if there is something going on, now do you?

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