The State Department has just released a global travel warning for all Americans due to plans one "pastor," Terry Jones, in Florida has to burn a bunch of Koran's on 9/11 in protest of Islam. Now because of his plans, we are getting warnings that the Muslim world may react violently.
The Department of State is issuing this Travel Alert to caution U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. demonstrations in many countries in response to stated plans by a church in Florida to burn Qur'ans on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several countries, including Afghanistan and Indonesia, in response to media reports of the church's plans. The potential for further protests and demonstrations, some of which may turn violent, remains high. We urge you to pay attention to local reaction to the situation, and to avoid areas where demonstrations may take place.
Terry has a very very small following and in the grand scheme of things is completely irrelevant, but now it seems that the Muslim world is lumping and stereotyping all Americans together under the actions of one man, leaving us all "at risk," and characterizing all Americans as Muslim hating bigots. The Ground Zero Mosque controversy is a perfect example. Americans are constantly being accused of putting Muslims in the same category as terrorists, when in reality, Americans are the most tolerant people on Earth. Talk about a double standard. Burning the Koran is not a good idea in an circumstance, however the reaction from the Muslim world is also very disappointing.