Recent controversy about the Florida preacher who wants to burn the Koran has caused me to ask myself where I really stand on book burning. This is a really tough subject and isn’t as black and white as it seems. First, I’ve decided that in a free country, it is our freedom to burn any book we choose to burn so long as we bought it. So, for example. if I wanted to toss a copy of the Holy Bible or a copy of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into my backyard fire pit, it is my right to do so (provided it’s not during a fire ban). Same thing with the Koran or any other book. IMHO, no book should become SO sacred or holy or above reproach that one cannot burn their own purchased copy of it.
On that same token – I am not a fan of burning books at all. The library at Alexandria was a great loss to the history of humanity and we cannot let anything like that happen again. But this is my personal view. So while I’m no big fan of the Koran myself (I’ve actually read it, not a fan), I still wouldn’t burn it. But not because it’s holy or sacred to someone else, but rather because it’s a piece of the written historical record of humanity and I respect the written word.
About now some of you might be scratching your head thinking, how can you be for letting people burn books and at the same time against it?
Well, there’s a difference. I fully respect freedom and the right to do whatever you want to your OWN books. However, I would have a problem with someone burning down a library or burning the books I own. See the difference?
Burn your own books (that you paid for) – no harm no foul. Use that as a method of protest — more power to you!
Burn someone elses books (that they paid for) – that’s not freedom it’s thought control.
Now to address the obvious question: “But by burning the Koran we’re just inciting the terrorists and extremist Muslims!” Quite frankly, I’m tired of the extremists getting their way, all of us backing down to them, and them declaring jihad every time someone doesn’t kiss their Islamic asses. So to those who want to burn the Koran – go for it. And in return I think the Muslims should burn Holy Bibles. Then – I think you all should have a holy war – extremist Islam against extremist Christianity. Do the rest of us a favor and kill each other off and leave the world to those of us who aren’t religious zealots.
I know it’s not popular to say that. I know it’s not politically correct and quite frankly I don’t care. Put a fat one or a fatwa or whatever the hell on my head. Don’t care.
That’s all I have to say about that. 🙂