As 2010 comes to a close, it's clear that this year offered few favors for the American Muslim identity or reputation. Indeed, Pew reports that Muslims in America had a higher approval rating after 9/11 than in 2010.
This was the kind of story that, in saner times, would be relegated to a four-line item at the back of the local paper along with the reported rescue of a treed cat or a description of a Sunday school picnic.
Like a wayward boyfriend who just can't stop playing the field, mainstream media outlets often wind up begging the audience for forgiveness when a particularly savvy or lucky charlatan turns their chase for attention-seeking stories against them.
My hope and prayer is that Muslims and people of all faiths will understand that those who denigrate, defame or destroy the Quran do not represent a biblical worldview and do not speak for all Christians.
Muslims are dangerous. That's the bipartisan message of the day. That Muslims around the world can be provoked into violent rage by the burning of the Quran is a belief unquestioned by both liberals and conservatives.
God not only died for us but dwelt amongst us. He walked among us. And he did the most amazing thing: Jesus ate with humanity. In that simple expression of eating, he declared his desire for friendship.
He's not a national figure. Not a scholar. Not a leader of any kind. Just a clod who doesn't understand his own religion, or anyone else's. The guy's a walking advertisement for atheism. He doesn't speak for all Christians. Or all Americans.
The wild card is the fact that the minister does not have a permit from the city of Gainesville. Officials there say police will be present and the fire department could be called on to douse the blaze.
MRFF has decided to donate to the Afghan National Army, as a gesture of good will and a statement of opposition to this entirely un-American act of religious bigotry, a new Quran for each one destroyed by Jones and his followers.