Koran-Burning: Good Idea Or Bad?
Now, I don’t think of myself as one of the leaders of conservatism, but I do come at this from the perspective of someone who’s spoken from behind the pulpit on numerous occasions, and there’s one point I’d like to make about this whole thing.
The person leading this effort is a Christian minister, but I think he’s forgotten one of the primary rules of being a minister: Your goal should be to bring people in, not chase them away. Burning someone’s holy book isn’t going to get them to come to Christ, it’s likely to drive them even further away. The best way to get converts is to show them the love and grace that Christ showed us.
Not to mention that we should leave the book burning to those who seem unable to show tolerance to other religions… like, say, Muslims… the stories of Muslim oppression of Christians, Jews, and other religions, even Buddhism, are widespread and well known.
So, from one Christian to another, and one preacher to another (even if I’m not ordained as a minister yet), I urge Pastor Terry Jones to take a deep breath and a big step back from the same sort of tactics that those he denounces use.