i may be a little late in commenting on this, but why is a christian church in florida planning on burning copies of the quran in acknowledgement of the 9/11 anniversary? admittedly, the pastor looks like he stumbled out of a pig farm in a william faulkner novel, but seriously? i guess we can feel somewhat comforted that most of the nation is against this. (the white house, angelina jolie, and utah condemn the event.) even general patreaus is asking the guy to stand down, saying something like, "uh...people will die over this."
well, maybe this event will force americans to take a step back and reconsider their position on islam and muslims in america. i think most people would not wish to be associated with the hillbilly pastor (from deliverance?) and may rethink their position on the new york city mosque that is planned for construction by the site of the world trade center. i am still puzzled that 61% of americans feel that the mosque shouldn't be allowed, and 70% think it's an insult to 9/11 victims. (since we are negatively categorizing religions, i am offended by quaker oatmeal, and when i was five my favorite movie was the gremlins... i don't know how this applies, but i don't know how the mosque controversy fits together either, so there you go.)
well, this is another one of those situations that causes me to pause and consider our superior-to-the-rest-of-the-world american values...
below is an article from the seattle times, about a guy that seems to take his ideals a little bit further than an american flag t-shirt and a sarah palin 2012 bumper sticker. he is a pastor of an evangelical christian church here locally that has been reaching out to area muslims to build stronger interfaith coalitions. michael ly is "self-described chinese cambodian american evangelical christian." read his story below: