I am so saddened to read the ongoing farce that is the Koran burning threat by pastor jones in the USA.
There is an almost perverse dilema in a society which encourages freedom of speech but at the same time wants to repect all faiths. In other words Mr Jones is exercising a right to disrespect!
How to we square such a circle? Surely if the basis of our belief is LOVE then anything which is not born from love or indeed encourages hate should be discouraged. Of course society could impose this by new laws. By simply arresting the offenders...but then the cry from people like Mr jones where is 'freedom of speech'.
To me its like saying everyone has a right to shoot a gun..but that doesn't mean you can point it at someone and kill them.
Having lived my life in northern ireland and experienced 30 years violence..I know some things for sure.
Provocation is dangerous. An 'eye for an eye' makes everyone blind and violence in the name of any belief is simply wrong.
If Mr jones really follows the word of God then I hope he will carefully read both the Bible and the Koran before taking actions that are not simply born of his own human instincts for anger and revenge.