Written : Sep. 14, 2010
My parents taught me at an early age that book burning hurts mankind. It destroys a product of intellectual thought and creation. The Nazis burned books during World War II. Black and white films of those same fires appearing on TV in the 1960s became a symbol of thoughtlessness, savagery, and destruction to many of us who were learning right from wrong at the time.
Like it or not, an unknown pastor from Florida can draw national and international attention by threatening to burn books. Blame technology, blame our polarized world, but from now on we won’t be able to stop people from getting their 15 minutes of fame. These were not just books, but holy books, religious books, books of God. Pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn the holy book of Islam, the Quran. You may not agree with Muslims, or with their religion, but book burning of any kind is an act of brutishness worth the strongest possible condemnation.
Did Pastor Jones have the right to burn or even to threaten to burn the Quran? Of course, but was it the right thing to do? I’m sure it didn’t occur to Jones, but his threat matched the same level of insensitivity of the object of his protest. Do Muslims have the right to build an Islamic community center (with a Mosque inside) close to, near, or on Ground Zero? Of course they do. But should they?
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