Christian and Jewish leaders among those condemning planned Quran burning
By John W. Kennedy|BeliefNet.com
It difficult to see how such an aggressive assault on someone else’s religion conforms to Jesus’ command to “Do unto to others as you would have others do unto you.”
It’s also an ironic demonstration of how peaceful Muslims must feel when crazy people perform heinous acts in the name of their religion. These Quran burners certainly don’t represent ordinary peaceful Christians any more than the 9/11 murderers represent ordinary peaceful Muslims.
Thankfully, Catholic and Protestant leaders are coming together from as far away as Mumbai, India to oppose the event. Speaking at the gathering, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Catholic archbishop of Mumbai, said “I stand with my Muslim brethren on (condemning) this unfortunate incident.”
Regarding the group planning the book burning, he pointed out
Others coming out against the Florida church’s plan include the controversial talk show host and prominent Mormon Glenn Beck who put out a statement saying “It’s just like the Ground Zero mosque plan. Does this church have the right? Yes. Should they? No. And not because of the potential backlash or violence. Simply because it is wrong.”
He added “Burning the Koran is like burning the flag or the Bible. You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it? You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved. None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.”