Why does stupidity make national news?

I just finished reading this article on Yahoo News about a group of about 50 in Gainesville, FL, is having a "Burn the Quaran Day" this week, on Saturday, Sept.11.  Here's the link if you missed it:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100907/ap_on_re_us/quran_burning

According to the article, this group holds to a very strong "anti-Islam" doctrine.  Here is a small group of people, on one hand claiming the Way of Jesus while on the other hand holding a major theological doctrine that, in my opinion, is the opposite of the Way of Jesus.  And they get national and international media coverage? 

The leader of this group says that the Quaran is "evil" because "it espouses something other than Christian biblical truth and"... get this now... "incites radical, violent behavior among Muslims."  Ummm, excuse me Mr. Jones, how is burning a book, one that is held in such high regard by many people, NOT radical, violent behavior?

My prayer is that those following the way of Islam would come to experience and know the love of Jesus, and I am not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that this is not going to lead anyone into such an experience.  The fact that this man calls himself a "pastor" and this group calls themselves a "church" makes more angry than anything else.  The church of the Living God is about standing up FOR love, truth, grace, mercy, and righteousness BY LIVING IT!  Selfish motivation driven by personal agenda leads people to stand against things and people.  The Way of Jesus driven by the mission of God leads people to stand for love, truth, grace, mercy, and righteousness.

"Burning a Quaran incites anger. Loving people softens hearts. Which would Jesus do?" -Max Lucado via Twitter


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