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
Book-burning in and of itself is wrong.
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.
Pollution is another issue. We already allow a lot of things that contribute to pollution.
It is a declaration of intent to attack someone.
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.
It removes incentive for religious people to grow up..
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.
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
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.
What do you think?