If you want to get media attention, saying you are going to burn the Koran does that just fine.Â But it is wrong on so many levels.Â Let’s count them, shall we?
1. It anger Muslims, as opposed to persuading them.Â There are a lot of serious criticisms that can be made of the Koran and Islam, but burning the Koran isn’t a serious criticism.Â It’s childish.Â That pastor should have organized a daylong serious analysis of the Koran’s inconsistencies and the difficulties with reading its text that have been acknowledged by Muslim scholars since around 1000 AD.Â Would it have converted many Muslims?Â No.Â But it would not have generated the…firestorm (yes, that’s the word) of passionate rage.Â It makes America look stupid.
2. Book burning has become a symbol of fascism.Â Even the Catholic Church, when it maintained its list of prohibited books, did not burn books.Â Great: a Christian pastor uses a symbol of the Nazis.Â What were you thinking?Â Were you thinking?
3. It provides yet another example of an ignorant Christian pastor for the news media (which is constantly ignoring the many equivalent Islamic radical imams) to use to portray Christianity in a bad light.
4. It almost certainly increases the risk that some Muslim fanatic is going to kill some American somewhere–and there is nothing that we get in return for that increased risk.Â If some action that we took actually increased the possibility of winning the war against Islamofascism in exchange for that risk, it might be worth considering.Â But what does burning Korans buy us?Â Nothing.
I hope this pastor enjoys his brief moment of fame.