|Reverend Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center|
This has been a strange week and, try as hard as I can, I can't seem to avoid straying into the suddenly volatile relationship between politics and books. First it was the hate-filled protests over the new Tony Blair memoir, A Journey. Now it is the man shown above, Terry Jones, who plans to burn copies of the Koran at his church on September 11. The man is not concerned that his actions will undoubtedly cost many people their lives. Muslims will protest his actions - and past protests of this nature have gotten so violent that some of the protesters die in the process of making their feelings known. Innocent Christians will die when radical Islamists find a way to get their own style of revenge. More of our soldiers will die in Iraq and Afghanistan as a result of the recruiting tool Jones is handing to our enemy in those countries.
I repeat my question: is this man insane? Can he possibly believe that his brand of Christianity is morally superior to Islam?
I hate book burnings and what they represent. The Koran is among the holy books of the world and to see such small-minded people want to destroy it this way disgusts me. But this is America, and I suppose this man has a right to do what he is threatening to do. Thankfully, his is a tiny church community of only 50 other ignorantly misguided souls. Sadly, if he actually accomplishes what he plans, many more than 50 people will die because of his stupidity.
This is going to be ugly unless someone figures out a way to legally stop this from happening. And the clock is ticking.