Here’s what a friend of mine who’s currently serving in Afghanistan had to say about the Florida pastor’s threat to burn the Quran:
“I do not think that individual knows what kind of reactions that causes here. . . . A couple camps have been attacked in the last few days as a reaction to the minister’s actions. That minister has brought death to some (I believe only local Afghans) by his words from half a world away.”
That’s what religious moralism gets you. One pastor’s moralistic indignation over the so-called Ground Zero mosque apparently had the unintended consequence of stoking the fires of religious moralism and violence half a world away.
But really, aside from the incessant media coverage, is there much difference between that pastor’s Quran burning threat and the “Let’s not forget what 9/11 is really about — the Muslims hate us!” messages that will be preached this morning from pulpits all over the U.S.?