“An English translation of the Quran began appearing two weeks ago on the doorsteps of hundred of homes in the BraesTimbers neighborhood. The books came in plastic bags with a note attached from the ‘Book of Signs Foundation’ asking recipients to accept the Quran as a gift from the Muslim community. But some residents, like Greg and Sue Ann Pieri, said they feared the group is imposing its beliefs on non-Muslims and found the gesture offensive.”
Of course when Christians want to distribute Bibles and religious materials at a public school, shout through megaphones at passing Pagans, or mention “Jesus” at the beginning of government meetings, we non-Christians are supposed to acknowledge that these are “loving” actions in step with the rich, wholesome, Judeo-Christian tradition of America. It only becomes an “offensive” imposition or causes fear when it is done in turn to Christians.
I would love to think that this experience has opened their eyes to how proselytizing feels to those on the receiving end, but I’m not the optimist I once was. They most likely don’t see the connection between what this Muslim organization did, and what groups like The Gideons do every day.