Is it a good idea?
Candidly, part of me really likes it, really wants to give a fist-pump at this display of in-your-face defiance. Muslim extremists — which is closer to a tautology than one wishes — threaten and target anyone who dares speak out against any aspect of their cult, including cartoonists and writers. Here's a church saying, "Oh yeah? Take this!" I like it.
But by the time one celebrates about his fourth or fifth birthday, he is expected to have begun to develop the ability to think about impulses before acting on them. In this case, a moment's thought tells me it's a very bad idea.
President Obama thinks it's a bad idea? Oh, mercy no! In no way. Obama's opposition almost turns me back in favor of it. Here is a man who only really gets excited in opposing his own political enemies. America's enemies, by contrast, he embraces and flatters and enables. So no, Obama's opposition is far from a minus.
How about the fact that Obama calls it "un-American"? That one cracks me up. I would think being "un-American" would be a selling-point for Obama, whose whole ideology is un-American.
Is it because General Petraeus thinks it endangers American troops? That one carries vastly more weight with me. We all know that "those" people in "those" countries are nuts, frankly. They'll riot and chant "death to America" over a false rumor. If some American's sneeze sounds like "Mohammed sucks," they'll riot and burn and throw things. So he's doubtless right.
No, I think burning Qu'rans/Qurans/Korans is a bad idea because it's a bad idea for a Christian church to do. Let me 'splain.
What does the act communicate? "We aren't afraid of you, and we hold your religion in contempt." Okay, fine. I like courage. And you have to admit, this takes a certain amount of courage. People have been kidnaped and beheaded on camera for far less.
But is that the church's calling, to show courage, per se, period? In no way.
How about to show contempt for competing religions? Well, yes — but in a certain way. There's a self-aggrandizing contempt, and a Gospelly contempt.
Let's suppose they succeed wildly beyond all expectation. Every Muslim in the world knows that this church isn't afraid of them. Every Muslim in the world knows that this church holds their religion in contempt.
Let's suppose (I'm "tripping" here, I know) that every Muslim in the world suddenly becomes ashamed of his religion as a result, and leaves it.
The result? Every Muslim in the world goes to Hell a non-Muslim.
Because you see, the message of Christ's church is not "Stop being a Muslim, stop being an atheist, stop being a homosexual, stop being a Hindu, stop being a Roman Catholic." The message of Christ's church is the Gospel. The message of Christ's church is the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the Lordship and incarnate deity of Christ, the atoning death of Christ, and the call to repentant faith in Christ. That is what should mark a church. That is what people should think of, when they think of a Christian church.
What we need to do as Christian churches (among other things) is preach the gospel. What the Muslims of the world (and the atheists, homosexuals, Roman Catholics, Hindus) of the world need to hear is the gospel. So what a church needs to do is find creative ways to preach the Gospel.
And note: preaching the Gospel is an act of defiance. Preaching the Gospel does convey contempt for every competing alternative.
But it is God's way of doing it.
And maybe it's the problem. I don't know a thing about the church. It's called "Dove World Outreach Center." Anything with "Center" in it is usually Charismatic. They may or may not know the Gospel, may or may not preach the Gospel, may or may not be about the Gospel.
But if they're a Christian church, they should.
Now, for no extra charge: should Qu'rans ever be burned?
Yep, I think it would be perfectly appropriate to burn a Qu'ran.
Who (perhaps) should burn it?
Converts from the deadly cult of Islam, following the example of the Ephesians (Acts 19:17-20).
Not a necessity... but it would make sense.
Which this stunt does not.