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Reader comment on item: Further Thoughts on Koran Burning
in response to reader comment: Nothing bad about burning Koran

Submitted by Viiit (Taiwan), Sep 28, 2010 at 18:03

"I can think of no instance, including the one at hand, when book burning is a constructive act. Thus, I called it distasteful."

Of course in a literal, and in the strictly logical sense burning anything is destructive. In this case it is destroying a copy of Koran. Even that is not 100% true, as destroying a building, creates an open space (and an opportunity to construct a park).

In this case, it is clear that the Pastor's intention, was a symbolic speech, rather than the preventing anyone from reading Koran. If anything more people may get interested in reading it.

His message is as "constructive" as drawing the cartoons of Muhammad. Moreover the reactions to the intended burning created reactions in the Muslim world. That's constructive, as it powerfully illustrated the very point you were making in your article.

Much of our political correctness is dhimmitude out of fear for Muslim violence. Our condemnations of burning of Koran, or of the Danish caricatures, or of "Everyone Draw Muhammad Day" are all due to fear of Muslim riots.

Burning the Koran, brings this violence out to the surface. It is better to bring out this violence and make it visible, than to cower before it and give in. Ultimately we will have to acknowledge that the Muslims are our enemies. Yes, THE Muslims, not some "radical" Muslim, or the "Islamist".

I would love to see the Nazis rioting and killed each other, over burning of the Mein Kempf, likewise with the Muslims.

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