CNSN reports that a Gainesville Florida church is planning a “burn the Quran” event to mark the 9th anniversary of 9/11.

If anyone is listening in Gainesville; “STOP THE MADNESS!!!!

Serious people who seriously engage the issues of Islam and Islamism should rise up in a protest equal to the protest aimed at the N.Y.C mosque.  Burning religious texts; are you serious?  Other than some manner of pre-pubescent, vacuous, transient satisfaction what is to be gained?

Let me see, what might we accomplish?  Push actual moderate Muslims toward a more radical posture by engaging in the worst of all possible insults?  Reinforce the charge of Nazi style repression by publically burning books?  Reinforce Islamist rhetoric about the absence of moral standing in America?  Hand critics a hard and fast example of thoughtless reactionary behavior?  Tune in, film at 11!  How many times do you folks in Gainesville estimate that the video of your book burning is going to be played…..around the world! Oh, the Islamist web sites are going to love this one! 

You folks in Gainesville who are considering this dim idea can be assured that Friday prayers throughout the Muslim world will be in near 100% compliance regarding what that day’s sermon will be about; you!  Moderate and liberal voices in that world will be pushed aside and cowered by your idiocy. 

It’s not symbolic,  it’s comprehensively stupid!  It’s the lowest common denominator of reactionary behavior.  Where is that old “do unto other’s” spirit that is supposed to be a basic belief for Christians?   

This is a war of ideas not of book burnings.  This is a battle over what your idea of civilization looks like.  Our side of the civilization battle should not be characterized by book burnings of any kind.  OK, sure I know how they ban books in the Muslim world, restrict access, manage media and repress information; are we not better than that?  Is that not a comprehensive weakness on their part?  Should we not stand as some manner of positive example to be judged against the repression that exists in their view of what civilization looks like?

If you are, in fact, strong in your faith where is the demonstration of that strength.   

It is incomprehensible that “Christians” could possibly think that this is a “Christian” thing to do, or a smart thing to do or an effective thing to do.  My recommendation for those folks in Gainesville is to forget about burning books and consider reading a few; starting with your own Bible.