It seems Glenn Beck–a Fox News personality whose style I feel perpetuates and exacerbates the trends in American culture that are least-conducive to responsible citizenship–has made a point I actually agree with. I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want to use the awesome influence of my readership to boost his hit count (I don’t want to brag, so I won’t get into specifics, but my readership for new articles regularly exceeds the single-digits.), but the quote comes from a brief blog post Beck wrote in response to the upcoming Burn a Koran Day:
What is wrong with us? … Does this church have the right? Yes. Should they? No. And not because of the potential backlash or violence. Simply because it is wrong. … You can do it, but whose heart will you change by doing it? You will only harden the hearts of those who could be moved. None of those who are thinking about killing us will be affected, but our good Muslim friends and neighbors will be saddened. It makes the battle that they face inside their own communities even harder.
Granted, Burn a Koran Day, the invention of Florida pastor Terry Jones (not to be confused with the former member of Monty Python who shares the same name), has been circulating in the news for a while now, and Beck’s comments are coming pretty late in the news stream about it, and my abridgment glazed over Beck drawing a parallel between burning Korans and building the Park 51 building, but I’m so glad to find some kind of common ground with a guy I usually bristle at that I’m not going to dig in to any of that.
If things have gotten to the point where even Glenn Beck is speaking out in somewhat elegant language for some degree of tolerance and moderation, it makes me feel as though I’ve really dropped the ball with maintaining Vision of the City. Expect me to get off my ass and post a couple of the articles I’ve been sitting on for that some time this week.
Oh, right! I almost forgot to be somewhat snarky about something in this article: