I could make the point that half of this man's congregation has left the church. Hell, he even admits that they are abnormal: "I think mainly just because the things we're involved in are just really way too hot for your normal Christian and your normal person." I think it's incontrovertible that we Christians tend to be a lot more sane than that. And this is violence against a thing rather than a person, at least on its surface.
And yet I will not pass up the opportunity to decry it. Conservatives have been saying for years that "moderate Muslims" need to speak up against the more extreme elements of their religion. The same holds true for us Christians.
Is it legal? Yes.
Is it Christlike? No. Not even close.
I'm sitting here listening to Kevin Wall's show on KTSA, and a caller just defended the Quran-burning plan. Said something about we should do it and then bomb anyone who reacts to it with violence. Said that we need to go back to the whole eye-for-an-eye thing that's in both the Quran and the Bible. Not having read the Quran, I can't say as to whether that's in there (although I have my doubts). Having read the Bible, I feel compelled to point out that Jesus spoke out specifically against that attitude: "You have heard that it was said 'eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes your right cheek, turn to him the other one also." (Matthew 5:38-39) So the dude's argument fails, obviously, from the get-go.
The fact that reaction to this stunt will almost be violent is immaterial.
Burning the Quran is unChristian and unAmerican.
Glenn Beck has already said it better than I could hope to:
We must be the better person. We must be bigger than our problems. Bigger than the times in which we live. Burning the Koran is like burning the flag or the Bible. You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it? You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved. None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.