Sorry, podkarpatska, I don't see a moral equivalency between burning a Koran in protest at one's own church and lighting a flaming cross on the lawn of someone else. For one the latter is a form of vandalism.
Of course, I don't support such an act, burning any book is a backward show of ignorance. Further, a group of Americans burning a Koran on American soil is a cowardly act of protest and ego-building publicity. If they wanted to show fortitude and make a real statement they'd go over to Iran, burn the Koran there and accept the consequences.
It is indeed a shame that the actions of narrow-minded Americans have such deadly consequences for any Westerners and Christians who live in Muslim nations. But let's place the blame squarely where it lies- in the actions of narrow-minded Muslims who would use any excuse to go off on a violent riot against those Christians who still live in their nations. If a white American were to accidentally sneeze in the direction of an obviously Muslim person and it were caught on film there would be a reaction in the Muslim world.
You have to admit that there is something wrong when we're cringing every time a Koran and Zippo come within a few feet, when every day we read of Christian martyrs during the time of the Roman persecutions who were not afraid to smash idols and even temples, knowing full well of any possible consequences.
As far as the United Methodists go, if they are indeed willing to raze their own churches every time a Koran is burned, more power to them. It shows us what belief they really respect.