There was more than enough media attention paid to the leader of a
tiny church in Florida who threatened to observe the ninth anniversary
of 9/11 by burning copies of the Qur'an. I found myself wondering why
Terry Jones's bizarre plan warranted around-the-clock coverage. Where,
I wondered, were the media chiefs able and willing to say, "This is not
news. This is crazy and we are not going to air it."
David Petraeus said that Jones's planned action, once caught on video,
would forever be a source of outrage to many Muslims and a threat to
American soldiers around the world. Long after Jones would be
forgotten, Petraeus pointed out, angry crowds would be burning American
flags in parts of the Muslim world.
Following the attacks of
9/11, the congregation I serve became aware that though it has a
longstanding relationship with a nearby synagogue, it has had no
ongoing connection with Muslims.