An angry mob killed seven people at U.N. offices in Afghanistan in response to the burning of a Koran by the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida [“Reigniting the flames of controversy,” front page, April 3]. This event, we were told, was displayed in a video on Mr. Jones’s Web site, where he declared that the book was “guilty of crimes against humanity” and ordered it set ablaze. Mr. Jones did this even though he was warned of the consequences (as if he needed to be) by people from all walks of life.
It is illegal to falsely yell fire in a crowded theater because doing so presents a clear and present danger, and it should be illegal to set fire to the Koran for the same reason. Authorities should immediately begin considering the prosecution of Mr. Jones for inciting a riot.
John R. Maney Jr., Springfield