April 02, 2011

Savages Murder Innocents Over Quran Burning

I posted this video -- and commentary -- the other day after Pakistan began agitating for treating the deed it depicts.


It is not the first time I've commented on the issue of torching Islam's "holy" book -- and I put that word in quotations marks because I consider neither the book nor the teachings of Islam to be holy.

The followers of Muhammad have, however, proved themselves to be precisely the sort of violent fanatics -- and the Quran to be the source of that violent fanaticism -- that Terry Jones claimed when he engaged in the Quran burning.

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan ó Stirred up by three angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters on Friday overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said.

Depending upon reports, at least two of the victims were beheaded.

And the savagery continues, spreading throughout Afghanistan.

Terry Jones calls upon the US and the UN to take action against the murderers.

Apologists for Islamic barbarism call upon authorities to take action against Jones -- or at least declare him to be morally responsible for the riots and murders. They in effect endorse an expansion of the heckler's veto over anti-Muslim speech -- I call it the "terrorist's veto". James Joyce argues the same point:

If we allow the possible reaction of the most dogmatic, evil people who might hear the message to govern our expression, we donít have freedom at all. Itís worse than a hecklerís veto; itís a murdererís veto.

I stand with those who argue that Terry Jones is not responsible for these deaths, or for the violence that led to them, merely because he burned a Quran. He burned a copy of a commonly available book that he personally owned in order to make a comment on social, political, and theological issues of the day -- and by any definition, that is activity that is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Those who attempt to say other wise -- or to blame him because illiterate savages (and the educated savages who spent a couple of days riling them up) engaged in acts of violence and murder -- betray every Western notion of freedom. One can argue that burning a Quran is an ugly, provocative act -- but no civilized person can argue that it is a valid excuse for murdering the perpetrator of that act, much less murdering innocents unconnected to the act.

What needs to be asked now is not "Is Terry Jones responsible? It is, once again -- as it is virtually every day -- "What is wrong with Islam that time and again its most devoted adherents engage in this sort of behavior while so many of their coreligionists give their assent and approval?" When we get an answer to that question -- and a solution to bring about change -- then we can look for consensus on Quran abuse.

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i can see a davel follwer and hanger to be fame

|| Posted by H M, April 2, 2011 04:26 PM ||

I see an ignorant, illiterate savage named HM (or is it JAERRYJ) trying to use the internet to defend murder over speech he dislikes.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, April 2, 2011 05:59 PM ||
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