This was in direct response to a small congregation of Pentecostals, led by Pastor Terry Jones, burning a copy of the Koran after putting it on trial and finding it guilty of crimes against humanity.
I expected this to be a hot topic on this forum, but I couldn't find any posts about it, so here's the UK's Telegraph's story about Pastor Jones presiding over the Koran burning and the mayhem and murder it inspired in Afghanistan.
I'm interested to know what people think about this. To me, it's a free speech issue and much as I despise Pastor Jones and his ilk, I support their right to express their views in this way. If you start making sacred objects off-limits, free speech is no longer free - it's compromised.
Agreed. Very similar to the draw mohammed issues with Theo van Gogh and Geert Wilders.
Terry Jones is a childish buffoon, but mobs rioting and killing totally unrelated innocent people is just barbaric. As Rich Orman always says "Dogma makes you crazy."
In order of guilt:
The sad fact is that people could burn bibles and qurans until St. Swithin's Day, 2017, and it would make no difference ... because you can't burn an idea, and it is the idea of the quran and the idea of its supposed status as holy and exempt from untoward action which is the root of this whole business. The muslims who got all bent out of shape about quran-burning don't realize this and mostly, they don't care. All they know is that any action against their faith is an insult and their knee-jerk reaction is to go bananas over ANY slight, real or perceived. Petraeus and Gates get bent because they have to deal with the fallout, but also because their obliged as public servants to give lip-service to something which is not worthy of respect - religion.
Burning books of any kind is abhorrent to me - just how I was raised - but if we had an Everyone Burn Holy Books Day similar to the Everyone Draw Mohammed Day, especially with no governmental interference (yeah, I know, FAT CHANCE), what would happen? Would the islamic world be able to sustain their rage and continue to act out while the rest of the world went, "Ho-hum?"
Interesting is President Obama's statement on the killings in Afganistan, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12949302
Obama responded, "the desecration of any holy text was 'an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry'"
So where does that leave us? If we call stupidity stupidity, we're, roughly speaking, in the same category and so extremely intolerant and bigoted. Implied is that religion should be unchallenged and given deference and respect. Or am I missing something?
Unfortunately, Phil, I think your interpretation's spot on. I notice Obama describes the murderous response to the Q'ran burning as deplorable, unjustified, etc. But I would have liked him to say that it was also an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry. Otherwise, it just comes across as an over-reaction to provocation.