If the incident with the police and the Koran did happen, it is unfortunate. As I recall from what Fr. Daniel Byantoro said, Mohammedans view the Koran in much the same way as Christians view Jesus Christ, as the eternal word of God. In the Mohammedanistic case, the Koran is "incarnate" in a book form, so desecrating it would be like someone defiling the Holy Gifts to our sensibilities. I don't believe in religious provocations as a means of asserting power or authority or as a form of intimidation. It is one thing to make a statement in a Muslim country out of sincere conviction and desire to save and enlighten one's neighbor, a statement or action which may (inevitably) be construed as a malicious provocation even if utterly free from malice. It is quite another, in a supposedly Orthodox Christian country, to deliberately offend the religious sensibilities of non-Orthodox. Such actions, I believe, do a great disservice to our faith, and certainly do our souls little good and do little or nothing to bring people to the knowledge of the truth. The best way to contend with non-Orthodox faiths is to live an Orthodox life, to become saints. If some action is done by non-Orthodox against the faith, the state, or the peace of society, it ought to be stopped and justice ought to be done. But it is very bad form to provoke people. Maybe some were well disposed to Christianity and now think differently. Who wants to join a group of hypocritical bullies? We all have a duty to stand up for our faith, but we must do this in the Orthodox manner.