Not Complaining

Everyone from Gen. David Petraeus to Hillary Clinton to the National Association of Evangelicals has been urging this bozo of a pastor at a matchbox-sized church in Gainesville, Florida, not to burn the Qur’an tomorrow. The only prominent Christian we haven’t heard from is Tim Tebow (though I wish we would). The media are eating all this up, because it fits their narrative of Christians as dufusses.

The situation is in some ways analogous to the imam who wants to build the equally offensive Ground Zero mosque. What’s in question in both cases is not the legality but the propriety of the action. There are a couple of important differences, however.

First, the president has not defended the church’s right to burn the Qur’an (while refusing to weigh in on the wisdom). Instead, Mr. Obama has weighed in on the wisdom of doing this (while declining to talk about the legality). Second, precious few Muslims have actually complained about the mosque, while countless Christians have complained about the church.

Why is that?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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