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Just get this Koran burning over with.

 
 
Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:17 pm
Burning the Koran is offensive. I would never do it because I believe in the US as a modern multicultural democracy that should respect all religions. Of course, the US has freedom of speech that allows people to express themselves in crazy offensive ways.

But there are too things that really upset me about this whole thing.

1. The sheer stupidity of blowing this thing so out of proportion. This is a small crazy guy who was going to do a insanely offensive, but insignificant, thing in his little church. So what, this should have been a "news of the weird" kind of thing, maybe it should have made page four of some local paper. Sure, this would have made YouTube, but it really wouldn't have mattered in the big scheme of thing.

So what did we do? We splashed it all over the front page of every major news organization. This guy, a small time pastor of a small town church, is now an international figure getting calls from the secretary of defense and being interviewed on national TV.

We created this guy.

What's worse, is that now we have taken the act of burning a Koran and made it significant. Everyone now knows that if you want to be famous, all you have to do is plan a Koran burning and call CNN. Even if this guy doesn't do it, how are we going to stop any crazy guy who wants attention from taking this opportunity.

This is a mess that is fed by attention, and we have created a monster.

If we were smart, we would have simply ignored this fool.

2. The Hypocrisy of anti-Muslim demagogues.

Come on now, if you oppose building mosques in lower Manhattan, think that Islamic practices are repressive to women, claim that Islam is a cult and paint Muslims as an existential threat to modern democracy, the Koran burner is on your side. Sure, you might think this guy is too extreme, but he has the same goals that you do. In fact the Koran burner is promising to stop for a promise to stop building the Mosque.

So now they claim is that burning the Koran is the same a Mosque?


So, hell with it. Let this guy burn his Korans if he wants.

Those of us Americans who respect Islam as a religion and want a fair and just society should condemn it.

The fact is, the people spreading hatred and fear of Islam are far more destructive and dangerous than this guy. At least he is out in the open. It is the hatred that tries to be acceptable and respectable that is the real threat.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:21 pm
@maxdancona,
Why can't we all just get along and burn the entire series of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books! Now wouldn't that be satisfying? Surprised
parados
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:28 pm
@tsarstepan,
Wouldn't it be more appropriate to burn the "Left Behind" books?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:33 pm
@parados,
I guess that'll do just as well. Razz
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:37 pm
I left the DVD of Chronicles of Narnia outside on the driveway in the direct very hot New Mexico sun while I chanted "take that C.S. Lewis, may you burn in hell"
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:38 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Why can't we all just get along and burn the entire series of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books! Now wouldn't that be satisfying? Surprised


Oh God yes.

Let's also burn that stupid book "Carry It Forward"

Talk about beating something into the ground.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:48 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

I left the DVD of Chronicles of Narnia outside on the driveway in the direct very hot New Mexico sun while I chanted "take that C.S. Lewis, may you burn in hell"

And Jesus and Walt Disney wept!
Wink
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 03:57 pm
@dyslexia,
I am an atheist. I still love the Narnia books. In fact, burning them would make you just like the people who are building new churches.

roger
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:10 pm
@maxdancona,
Huh?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:20 pm
@roger,
http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Third_Party_Graphic/2010/09/10/lk090810dBP__1284132607_7759.jpg
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:23 pm
@maxdancona,
I feel your pain.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
Did Walt have cryogenic tears?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:45 pm
@maxdancona,
Well, sure. What we have now is a
Twinkie Engaged as God, or god like.






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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 10 Sep, 2010 04:53 pm
So, can we calm down and talk, at least us bizarre blammenschneffers?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 06:27 am
@maxdancona,
" Just get this Koran burning over with."

R u gonna lite one up ?

Roast marshmellows over it ?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 06:37 am
@OmSigDAVID,
Did you read my initial post before responding? Go back and read the second sentence I wrote.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 07:50 am
@OmSigDAVID,
OmSigDAVID wrote:

" Just get this Koran burning over with."

R u gonna lite one up ?

Roast marshmellows over it ?

Hey! You bring the marshmallows and I'll bring the Hershey's chocolate bars and graham crackers!

We'll make Koran smoked s'mores!!

YAAAAY!
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 07:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
OmSigDAVID wrote:

" Just get this Koran burning over with."

R u gonna lite one up ?

Roast marshmellows over it ?
tsarstepan wrote:
Hey! You bring the marshmallows and I'll bring the Hershey's chocolate bars and graham crackers!

We'll make Koran smoked s'mores!!

YAAAAY!
We 'll meet at a Korean restaurant
(but NOT in North Korea).
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ikurwa89
 
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Reply Sat 11 Sep, 2010 08:06 pm
I say we burn all ancient philosophy books so we don't ever have to put up with Aristotle theories!

Burn Aristotle to the stake...!

Ps- Aristotle is a wonderful philosopher, infact I call him "The philosopher".

Death to Aristotle...
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