What's worse: a) building a Mosque (or Islamic Center) near Ground Zero, or b) burning copies of the Koran in Florida? In the unlikely case that you are hesitating, the answer is b).
It isn't a close call. The people who want to build the Islamic Center in New York may or may not have had Ground Zero in mind. They were not obviously intending to offend anyone.
By contrast, Pastor Terry Jones genuinely wants to beard Muslims the world over by publicly burning copies of the Koran. He probably thought he could ride this to national fame, and he was right. Burning the holy book of someone else's religion may make sense from a deeply partisan religious perspective, but it is just as deeply offensive to the American way. It also hands a weapon to militant Islamists in their war against the United States. For that reason, it is irresponsible and unpatriotic.
But here's the thing: Pastor Jones has as much right to burn copies of the Koran (assuming he owns them) as Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has to build his Mosque (assuming he owns the land). Likewise, those who object to the latter have as much right to express their opposition as those who object to the former.
They aren't treated the same in the press. The New York Times, and many others, depicted those who object to the Mosque (including most Americans) as bigots. I saw a cartoon with Republican labeled footprints on the Constitution, leading up to the Mosque.
So far the Times has not scolded General Petraeus or the State Department or Attorney General Eric Holder for scolding Pastor Jones. Nor has anyone to my knowledge condemned the coalition of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders who met in Washington to condemn Pastor Jones. I have seen no cartoons depicting them treading on the Constitution.
The rights of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion do not include any immunity to criticism. Nor is there any reason to favor Muslims over Christians, however radical.