Muslim extremists don’t need an excuse to riot, burn, kill and destroy. Any pretext will do. They often create their own justifications based on rumor, unintended slights or just the fact that Christians and Jews exist and, according to them, must be destroyed. Consider the killing of the only Christian in the Pakistani government simply for expressing the thought that blasphemy laws need to be updated for a modern age. How about the 2002 murders at a Christian school in Pakistan? What did those children do to face such a threat to their existence?
Having said that, Terry Jones is a cipher. Like those clowns who makeup the family-only “Westboro “Baptist” Church in Kansas, Jones does not represent the example of Jesus, but is a grand stander who seeks attention for himself. More than two dozed people died in Afghanistan. The murderers said Jones’ burning of the Koran was the reason. Again, those killers might well have found another excuse for their acts, but Americans -- and especially ministers who claim to be acting in God’s name -- ought not to be providing more fuel to an already incendiary situation.
Cal Thomas | Apr 8, 2011 10:44 AM