In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury predicted a raft of later technological developments, among them flat-screen televisions, iPod earbuds, Bluetooth headsets, ATMs, and rolling news -- even the Facebook "wall."
I live within walking distance of the Dove World Outreach Center, and I could easily have witnessed the burning of a Quran there last Saturday afternoon. But like nearly all other Gainesville, Fla., residents, I chose not to acknowledge the act of Islamophobia by Terry Jones.
The ultimate Torah is not a physical object, but a holy manifestation of the ineffable. To draw the primordial Torah down into letters and words is a supreme feat all in itself. Even if no one ever reads it.
There has emerged not only bigotry but another wave of interfaith engagement. Those of many religious and ethical communities gathered to condemn the burning of the Quran and to affirm all sacred texts, all sacred gathering places.