The man who was accused of setting the Man on fire at Burning Man 4 days before the traditionally scheduled burn has been arrested on charges of attempting to burn down Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This article in the SF Chronicle does not give any explanation for his supposed plan to burn down the church but it does give some nice quotes on why he set fire to the Man early. He states:
This was not an act of vengeance, it was one of love, a love of the ethos that is fading at Burning Man. There’s no sense of spontaneity. No sense of ‘F- it. Let’s burn this down.
He also states that Burning Man has become a “suburban” event. When I heard about this guy setting fire to the Man early I thought it was really funny and exactly what Burning Man needed. But this thing with the Church is strange. I am waiting to see if more information is revealed.