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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

 
A Very, Very Bad Idea

A Florida church plans to commemorate 9/11 by burnign a stack of Korans.

John Hinderaker is right. This will very likely get people killed, and it perversely plays into the hands of Islamists who will take fullest advantage of this PR gold mine.

It is also not in keeping with the spirit of the Church founders. Paul of Tarsus did not buy figurines of Artemis and smash them in the Ephesian agora. He didn't offend religions by defacing their artifacts - he offended them be presenting ideas they happened to oppose.

Hinderaker concludes with this:

Finally, an interesting question: how is this controversy similar to, and different from, that over the Ground Zero Mosque? Both involve actions that private citizens have a right to take, but arguably shouldn't. It is a worthwhile comparison, but that is a post for another day.

There is one difference. Pastor Terry Jones seeks to offend Muslims, and is upfront about it. Imam Rauf says he's not seeking to offend Westerners, but his sincerity is highly suspect.

I'll ask another question. Let's say that instead of burning an actual Koran, someone paints a portrait of a burning Koran and includes it in a National Endowment for the Arts-funded art exhibit. Would that be wrong? Let's ask Andres Serrano.

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