- The Washington Times - Friday, September 17, 2010

The plannedburning of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones and his church has been labeled by religious, political and military leaders as”un-American,” “dangerous,” “disgraceful” and “Islamophobic.” While condemning the burning of any book, and the hatred behind such an act, I take issue with the characterization of this act as Islamophobic. Say what you want about Mr. Jones, the man is clearly not afraid of Islam or Muslims.

The true Islamophobes are those same religious, political and military leaders who are speaking out against the book burning not because of the act itself, but because they fear the violence this may engender in the Muslim community. If this were not the case, they would have spoken out just as forcefully over the past few decades at other egregious acts of blasphemy and desecration, such as Andre Serrano’s “Piss Christ,” Renie Cox’s “Yo Mama’s Last Supper” or the use of the Bible as toilet paper during the siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in 2002.

PETER NOLAN

Chevy Chase, Md.