Lessons from Coffee County (June 19, 2013)
Last week we observed that the Muslim sponsored forum on constitutional and civil rights in Coffee County, Tennessee that made national news left many wondering if the sponsor’s real purpose was intimidation, not education.
Those present who were concerned about the impact of Sharia law on their rights needed to accomplish two things:
- let the sponsors knowthey would not be intimidated into silence about their concerns, and
- awaken and educate the uniformed that were there.
Unfortunately, the crowd became rowdy and boisterous and that became the focus in the news. Perhaps a lesson to be learned is that:
- when the volume gets too high, and
- the rhetoric too strong,
then the potential for disruptive behavior gets too great. If that happens, then despite good intentions, the opportunity to educate the uninformed will get lost.
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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Part II: Islam, Coffee County, TN, and Jesus