With most others, I was sickened by Pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn copies of the Qur’an; it is directly counter to the Christian message and basic human decency. Happily, this now seems to have been abandoned. However, while this was provocative and insensitive and may be used as an excuse for violence across the world, there seems to be a subtle and worrying shift as many have suggested that he will be responsible for any violence or even deaths.
However vile Jones’ threat was, the responsibility for violence lies with the perpetrators.
We seem to have lost the plot somehow when the burning of a book claims more news time and more condemnation than those persecuting, maiming and killing people.
I am sure both true Muslims and Christians know that God’s dignity is not diminished one iota by the desecration of any book or building (including Ground Zero), even though our own feelings, dignity or pride may suffer. And I am certain they also know that God’s love extends to victims whatever their beliefs.
Let’s set our attention on the important things and leave those like Pastor Jones to the obscurity they deserve.