It appalls me that in the name of Jesus, pastor Terry Jones and his congregation in Florida have burned the Islamic Koran, resulting in the direct retaliation of extremist Muslims in Afghanistan against American troops. This kind of action, which appears to be more about the need for attention, brings shame on our faith. As writer Cathleen Falsani points out, Jesus was all about peacemaking, that is, actively making peace. I guess it’s up to the rest of us to work harder at the peacemaking mission of our Lord and Teacher to mitigate the shame brought on by idiotic brothers and sisters.
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