Not In My Name

by Jonah Goldberg

Some church in Florida wants to burn Korans on 9/11. I am at a loss as to how this isn’t a repugnant and stupid idea. Public book-burning, by its very nature, is offensive no matter what the book. Burning the Koran is idiotic on every level, even for people who think Islam is to blame for terrorism.  What does this church hope to gain? Will congregants feel like they’ve struck a blow for the West? For Christianity? For America? The fact that David Petraeus has to intervene would be simply embarrassing, if there weren’t lives on the line — American lives (and the lives of moderate Muslims who’ve bravely aligned themselves with us).

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