What idiocy! What this loony pastor seems not to realize is that burning the Qu’ran in response to the 9/11 attacks is just as sensible and appropriate and logical as flying passenger jets into the World Trade Center in response to the Crusades! If he wants to send a message to terrorists, then for goodness’ sake, go find an Al-Qaeda manifesto and burn THAT. Burning the holy book used by millions of Muslims around the world is an unwarranted affront to millions of people who are innocent of any wrongdoing against the United States.
Actions like this make it easy for them to incorrectly and unjustly hold all of us accountable for the bad acts of an extremist few, *just as many Americans unjustly hold all of Islam responsible for the actions of a dozen extremist terrorists.* Look at the response in the Muslim world. They’ve got clerics claiming up and down that this nut in Florida is acting under the orders of President Obama with the unanimous support of every American man, woman, and child. Ridiculous! The only thing that’s even more ridiculous is giving them this kind of ammunition to help radicalize even more people.
Do the members of this church have the right to destroy copies of the Qu’ran that they personally own? Of course they do. I’ll defend that right even though I think their plans are completely misguided and entirely counterproductive. But what I want to know is where the local Fire Marshal is in all of this nonsense. He or she is, realistically, the only one with a shot at shutting down this farce simply by declaring it an unsafe and hazardous burn and refusing to issue a permit.