it's not just a lot of paper with a bunch of text on it but rather a sacred item that must be treated as such
Equating the "magic" book burner's actions with the overreaction to the "magic" book burning is idiocy. The book burner did nothing wrong (apart from being a religious moron of a different flavor.)
The only people at fault here are those who did murder in Afghanistan.ASSHAT: Oh, look! A wasp nest! I'm going to poke it with this handy stick!
[PASSERBY IS STUNG TO DEATH]
ASSHAT: Well, it was the sole fault of the wasps.
It was a completely predictable outcome.
The only people at fault here are those who did murder in Afghanistan.
You seem to know the rioters better than they know themselves. Quite impressive, considering the ocean between you.
I'm sure it makes it easier to recruit people into an inherently violent religious doctrine.
“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”
“When does America stand for truth?” [Jones] went on. “I mean, instead of us being blamed for what other people will do or might do, why don’t we send a warning to them? Why don’t we send a warning to radical Islam and say, look, don’t do it. If you attack us, if you attack us, we will attack you.”
Hey, people, if you think I'm talking about your comments, but you don't personally believe that muslims are killing each other in afghanistan because somebody burned a book, I'm not talking about your comments.
If he wasn't a right-wing evangelical nut burning the quran, we would be treating him very differently.
Fuck it, I'm going to get one of every holy book, the best hand-knit SNES controller cozy off etsy, jonathan coulton's discography, some evolution textbooks, and top it off with the god delusion, and set it all ablaze. Feel free to directly blame me when metafilter members start killing each other.
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