A story surfaced this week regarding a Florida preacher who has announced plans to burn a copy of the Koran this weekend on the anniversary of 9-11. You can read the news coverage of the story HERE.
There are a couple things about this story that interest me. For one the lack of response from those defending the act. The silence from the same group of people who defended building the Mosque in a building damaged by the 9-11 attack and it's plan to open on the 10 year anniversary is defending. Using their arguments in defense of the Mosque, there is nothing illegal about what the preacher wants to do and it's a 1st amendment freedom of speech issue.
That said, it doesn't make this act any more a good idea then it does building the mosque. It's offensive and shouldn't be done.
In fact what makes this even worse is the exact thing about it that builds the biggest hole in the argument used against many Christians. When an act is offensive to Christians you'll see angry letters and perhaps protests. In this case when Islamics are the ones being upset you see our nation's military leaders making comments like this one from the article:
In an interview with Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, Petraeus said of the event: "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort.
It could endanger our troops!
In other words Islamics will act out violently. This isn't a concern ever heard about Christians or Jews but Islamics we fear will cause us harm.
It is for that reason I believe this act actually goes into an area not protected by the 1st amendment and that's clear and present danger. It is this reason we are allowed to make shouting fire in a crowded theater a crime, because it creates a clear and present danger.
The question now is whether or not this preacher will go forward with the act or if he's doing it to show the hypocrisy between Islam and Christians and how many treat either side differently.