Wednesday, September 8, 2010
No Book Should Ever Be Burnt
I'm torn. On the one hand, an act of rampant stupidity and prejudice which is only going to cause grief and more hate and angst will (barring some miraculous change) be going down in my home state on Saturday. And my first instinct is to condemn it, and the *clearly* wrong and un-Christian thinking behind it. On the other hand, by doing so, I would, like all the news and media outlets that are covering it, be giving this small minded slive 'fame' and attention, which is what he craves. What he is wanting to get out of this. *grr*
*sigh* Simple minded extremists exist in *every* religion and philosophy. All this does is prove it.
Look, I'm not a Muslim - I don't believe that the Qur'an is the word of God, inspired or direct or otherwise. Do people use the Qur'an for evil ends? Certainly. People have used the Bible, and every other religious text for evil ends as well. The only way you'll stop that is to do away with religion all together. And then we'll just find some other philosophy to use. People will hate and do evil, one way or another if that is what is really in their hearts.
Burning the Qur'an (or destroying any other sacred text, or sacred art, or holy place) isn't going to bring peace. It's only going to drive people further apart.
You destroy things because you fear them. Whether you admit this to yourself or not, that's the truth. You fear that they do have power. So that's what this is about - fear. These people have let a book have so much power over their lives (negative power, in this case, since it's just hate) that they feel like they have to destroy it to expunge it from their souls. But it won't work, of course. They'll still be afraid.