A 50-member church in Gainesville, Florida is suddenly front and center in the war on terror. The pastor's plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9-11 has stirred intense reaction.Update: Glenn Beck checked in from vacation with some thoughts on this story. Read what he has to say here. Today in Kabul, hundreds gathered to protest. Getting a jump on things, they burned an effigy of the Pastor Terry Jones.
And now Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in the Afghanistan, is saying that the church's plan could endanger the lives of American troops in the region. He told the Wall Street Journal:
"It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."
The protest in Kabul today might be a foreshadowing.
Even so, the Pastor Jones and his congregants at the Dove World Outreach center plan to follow through with their plan despite the plea from Gen. Petraeus.
"We understand the General's concerns. We are sure that his concerns are legitimate." Nonetheless, he added, "We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats."