In the court of public opinion, someone can be judged to be doing the right thing, when actually it's very wrong.
Such is the case with the burning of a Quran in north central Florida last Saturday evening. Many of the people I've spoken with since seem to think it was perfectly okay. They see it, I guess, as an enjoyable show of disrespect for the religion of those who attacked America on 9/11.
What they are not seeing, however, are the possible ramifications--including violent retaliation against our troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.
Fortunately, the world, in general, and America, in particular, have leaders who speak out responsibly to change attitudes when they are wrong. Examples are the present Pope and our current President--both of whom spoke out strongly against the burning of Qurans back in 2009 when it first became an issue.
Their efforts helped to create a ripple effect of reasonable thinking that is slowly, but steadily turning the tide of public opinion against Islamophobia.