Should The Burning Of Holy Books Be Banned
Holy books are the key symbols of many faiths. Christianity has the Bible, Islam the Qur’an, Judaism the Torah, Hinduism the Veda and so on. Some religions go further regarding their holy book as either being the word or God or directly inspired by God. Burning such books is highly offensive and targeted at a particular group of people. However precisely because burning such books is so offensive doing so is making a major statement much like burning a flag is against an individual country’s actions burning a religious symbol is showing that you are against something that particular religion is doing. In Florida Terry Jones a pastor has been threatening to burn Qur’an’s on September 11th in response to the proposed construction of an Islamic community centre near the site of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre. As burning books is not physically harming anyone can it be considered part of freedom of speech. If so Pastor Jones should have the right to make his statement by burning the Qur’an. Barak Obama, Sarah Palin, William Hague, and General Petraeus among others have condemned the plan for the burning. Perhaps the burning of holy books is so offensive to others that it should be banned.
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First books then people
A famous quote from the play Almansor by Heinrich Heine is "Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings."[[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Heinrich_Heine]] It referred to the burning of the Qur’an by the Spanish Inquisition. If banning burning holy books goes part way to preventing this happening anywhere then it would be worthwhile.
The banning would make no difference in this case. The quote is about intolerance and a lack of respect for learning. Simply preventing someone from burning something is not going to solve the issues behind the desire to burn the books. People will not become more tolerant just because they can’t burn a Holy book, they will either find another symbol that they can burn or they will ignore the ban.
Book-burning in and of itself is wrong.
It shows an anti-academic attitude. It does not matter if it is a Holy book or not books, are a symbol of intellectual growth, of progress, of civilisation. They are things that people treasure, things that are worth a lot both personally and financially, if the book is an antique.
Burning a book shows that the correct response to something you disagree with is to burn it, to violently destroy it - a barbaric attitude.
It also still has a strong association with Nazism - you are likely to be seen as a Nazi if you burn books.
It is also bad for the environment. Not only does burning books contribute to pollution, those books could have been recycled.
Given your premise, all burning books does is expressing ones own ignorance, harming no one but oneself. No ban is needed.
Pollution is another issue. We already allow a lot of things that contribute to pollution.
It is a declaration of intent to attack someone.
To burn a symbol of someone's core beliefs, the beliefs that make up a large part of someone's identity and affect every part of their life, is to show that you wish to attack them. While it is not literally an attack on them, it will probably cause a fight. Such a personal attack can't be ignored.
It only seems that way to those whose core beliefs are symbolically being destroyed.
Ones beliefs are not so core that one is not responsible for them.
Therefore, one is responsible for feeling attacked.
It furthers the divide between those with different beliefs.
By burning a holy book one is making a clear and strong statement that they believe that the religion in question is wrong. This only succeeds in furthering the divide of those from different cultures as it discourages communication and understanding between those with varying views. This occurs because of the lack of respect shown by burning a holy book thus leading to believers of the religion in question feeling further apart from those who conducted the burning.
It removes incentive for religious people to grow up..
One should take responsibility for ones own actions.
being offended is ones own action.
Therefore, one should take responsibility for being offended.
Growing up means making your own decisions.
Decisions require information.
burning holy books is information.
Therefore, growing up means allowing burning holy books.
Burning a holy book demonstrates its harmlessness.
Demonstrations of harmlessness prevents fear.
Fear should be prevented.
Therefore, demonstrations of harmlessness and thus burning a holy book should be allowed.
Growing up means making your own decisions, deciding for yourself what to base your life on. A balanced life based on both reason and emotion, research, intuition and artistic inspiration, might be healthier for you.
Burning a holy book is not necessarily harmless. While the actual act probably won't hurt you, unless you are clumsy and burn yourself or set your house on fire, you could seriously offend your neighbours, get into some fights, even ruin your reputation in the workplace. An important part of growing up is realising that your actions have consequences and you shouldn't just go around burning things.
Burning of Books
Burning of Books reminds me of Hitler way of dealilng with problems. This is the same. This pastor, Terry Jones got his "calling for burning the Koran" from New York and Israel, not from "God". He sad, he will not burn the Koran if this "higher power" will tell him so. Therefore, The Jews should be asked to stop this "burning the books" attitude. It seems they are bringing back the good old days of nazism, the time when everything was allowed. It's reflected in Europe today, where they are "rounding up the Roma" and sending them to Auschwitz (kosovo, where they die from led poisening). Those countries that are rounding up the Roma people all have conservative governments, with Jewish Prime ministers, such as Sarkozy, Traian Basescu, Silvio Berlusdoni, Petra Edelmannova, Nick Griffin, Angela Merkel, not to mention the Hungarian Jobbik Party with Jewish members. How interesting..
Religion today is nothing more then a tool for the conservative parties to manipulate their sheep to hate and to start war without any problem.
I guess the Holly Bible is like a double edge sword. It contains the old testament, where God is too busy to punish those who are "wicked". Wiping out nations, killing women and children without any worry. Whilst the new testament is the opposite, it teaches you to love, to be tolerant, to respect and treat everyone equally. However, the Christians or rather the Protestants (except Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons) are taught to hate (hate Muslims) by a "higher power". This higher power is based in New York, and in Israel. When you want your followers to hate, just refer to the old testament and when you want them to be loving, use the new testament. When you want them to know how the world will end, just go to Revelation 14:6-10, or Matthew 24:14, or Daniel 12:4 and Isaiah 65:17, which again can be explained any way the Pastor manipulates the words. "Behold, I'will create new heavens and a new earth.." . which is almost identical what Tony Blair said after 9/11.. He said a "new world order" have to be created... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ6uxAqlplc
This "higher power" (not god) dictating to religious leaders what to preach (for a good sum of money). These Pastors will tell their humble sheep to vote for conservatives, because that will bring closer the "end of the world" meaning the wicked will be wiped out from earth (the wicked are the rest of the population, the good ones are the Christians and the Jews) and only the good people will survive and will leave in Israel. (I'm sure they will be dealt with the same way as the Palestinians). They believe, even though the world will end with a nuclear war, which is very near, they will be safe. The Christians should not worry, because Israel will be safe even with the nuclear fallout they will survive, because this is God's will. This is suppose to be the second coming of Jesus and it's connected to President Bush as he is a tool to make this happen.
No wonder this so called Christians were very unhappy when Bush was voted out. For them it was the end of this nuclear war, which they were so eagerly looking forward. Their dream was squashed. But this is not a problem, it will still happen according to the "higher power" they just have to vote in conservative governments (that also includes Christian conservative parties such as the one in Germany) all around the world and this nuclear war will start which will bring the second coming of Jesus. http://www.exploitsministry.com/ The Priest Terry Jones also got his "calling for burning the Koran" from New York - Israel based sources. He sad, he will not burn the Koran if this "higher power" will tell him so. No one has arrested him so far, (I don't think they will, because this "higher power" would get upset) even though he is endangering the troupes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It sounds like a horror story for children but sadly that's what Christians are taught even as far as Australia. My good old friend from Australia seemed as a moderate Christian, until Mr Bush was voted out. He was sooo upset and told me "voting in Obama as the new president have stopped the second coming of Jesus!" I was obviously shocked, because even though I was aware of this, I didn't think much of it, definitely not something to take it too seriously. I dismissed it as another "religious propaganda".
Religious websites which were on the internet telling you all this, suddenly disappeared as more and more people become aware of this "dangerous" people. They took most of their sites off (except Paltalk, where many from US and Israel is hanging out to tell the Christians who to hate next) and therefore, now they are operating more carefully. All these protestant leaders (including Billy Graham) in their own private conference rooms are connected on the Internet to spread this good messages to their followers all over the world, after they receive some donation.
The burning of holy books is a freedom of expression which should not be restricted.
Burning holy books is an act of expressing one's feelings without directly harming anyone and thus it should not be prevented. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are both vital in maintaining democracy and preventing either will only lead to less debate and understanding of issues.
Sure, burning holy books does not cause harm directly, but i causes civil unrest. It should not matter if people are burning holy books, but doing it publicly (media for exmple), shows an aggresive motervation towards that religion. Anything that risks violence should be anylised in detail, when deciding to ban the burnings of holy books.
What do you think?