Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Freedom to Be a Dick

No one loves a good insult like me, but I don’t particularly agree with the Dove World Outreach Center’s decision to hold a Quran book burning on September 11th.

Don’t misunderstand me, they can do it. No one should stop them, and anyone who tries to hurt the people involved should jump off a cliff instead, though I doubt there will be much trouble, what with “between 500 and 2000” armed members of the militia Right Wing Extreme handling security (because that is what Jesus would do). What could go wrong, right?

I even like insulting Muslims and Islam. I am still an ardent supporter of Draw Mohammed Day (already gearing up for May 20th of next year).

But there is something fundamentally different going on here. The first strike is the lack of originality. “Oh, I don’t like something… I’ll burn a symbol of them.” Total lack of creativity.

The second strike is the fact that rather than pointing out a problem, it is blatantly iconoclastic. Iconoclasm is the destruction of symbols… which is something Muslims do… and I hate when they do it.

The third strike is that Christians ought to be reading the Quran. I have noticed how woefully ignorant of Islam Americans are throughout this whole debacle over the Ground Zero (er, two blocks away) Muslim community center (or if you’re watching Faux News: “mosque”).

On one side, you have these people saying they hate Islam but know nothing about it. On the other side, you have people who also never read the Quran who are trying to argue that Islam is a peaceful religion no different than any other.

Both are wrong, and both groups of people should shut up when it comes to things they know nothing about.

I, on the other hand, have read the Quran. I know that it condemns me to death and an eternity in the lake of fire on every other page (no exaggeration). I know it’s basically a rehashing of the Old Testament and an even looser interpretation of the New Testament (but in their version, Judas is crucified in place of Jesus, and Jesus is explicitly and repeatedly defined as not a God or God’s son, which would be so below Allah… I dunno, sounds more plausible to me…).

And yet, I have no urge to burn my Quran.

At the core of my ideology is to add more to the world. Even if I could erase all religious texts on Earth, I wouldn’t. It would make the world less rich. We should be adding more to our base of knowledge, not trying to redact it. Book burnings are censorship, an attempt to physically destroy knowledge (though it is merely metaphorical in this instance, because they are only burning a few of the billions of copies of the Quran that are in existence).

But you know what? To stop a book burning from happening is also censorship. The only time I would physically want someone to step in is if an angry mob descended upon a library with torches, and this is clearly a bring-your-own-book burning. You can do what you want with a Quran you own.

[Mine is in my bathroom, which is way more offensive and original than burning it.]

Finally, I’m not even surprised. Christians have a long history of burning books, going back to the burning of heretical scrolls by Christians at Ephesus (Acts 19:19). It wouldn’t be Christianity without the blatant intolerance and destructive tendencies. Then it would be Buddhism.

But if you’re going to make a statement, have some balls and don’t hide behind a small army. What kind of frightened wimps are you that you claim to believe in heaven, but you’re afraid to die? The whole thing makes a very weak case for Christianity, but it does make atheism look better and better by the minute.


  1. How ironic that an organization called Dove World Outreach Center would incite others by burning their books.

    Thanks for pointing out that book burning in the Babble.

  2. I am a Bible machine. I've read it more than any Catholic priest I ever had (which is to say, more than never, in my case 8 or 9 times). I doubt I'll rack up that many readings of the Quran, but I do want to give another translation a try. Maybe I got the "terrorist translation" or something.

    I think the surest way to get people to abandon their religion is to encourage them to read their holy books, which sort of makes the book burning counter-productive, in my opinion.

  3. Bret do you think that the Holy Bible was written by aliens?

  4. Not written by aliens, maybe written by people who had contact with aliens. If the aliens wrote it, wouldn't it be a lot more accurate? Aliens... or perhaps time travellers, or possibly interdimensional life forms.

  5. Bret, you've got a point there. So I should have said Dead Sea scrolls instead. Which reminds me, apparently, and ever-so conveniently, a lot of the scrolls that are reported to have been found in a cave by an exploring lad, were seized by people that (again conveniently?) didn't have anything to use for kindling.. so scrolls were destroyed. I wonder what was said in them?

    If inter-dimensional time travelers wanted to get a message to certain people (by channeling thru wriitng, etc.) it could explain a lot.

    I totally think there are descriptions in the Bible about UFO's and technologically enhanced people, with morals, made the tablets on Mt. Sinai. Whatever it was that made Moses hair stand up had to be freakin' awesome.

    I do think though that the bound version of "The Word" has been plagiarized and altered by Rome and Rome's dictators.

    Did you know that there is hidden matrices in the hebrew version of the Bible? The code is mainly a collection of forecasts covering a varitey of topics.

    What blows my mind is the mid control that has to be involved. Think about it. Alien off-spring think they are going to take credit for the Bible (or the stories that repeat from religion to religion and other non-religious sources) by twisting and omitting and adding to original notes and oral accounts. All the while not realizing that their thoughts are not their own.

    How can the Bible be electronically decoded with the code still in tact, after being re-shuffled, re-written and re-vised?

    It boggles.

    Thanks for putting up with far (LOL)

    P.S. I'm not a Christian. Honest. Don't shoot. ;)


  6. "I even like insulting Muslims and Islam. I am still an ardent supporter of Draw Mohammed Day (already gearing up for May 20th of next year)." Ben

    Hey I saw that business on Facebook! I never did follow up on that...I wonder if the 3 FB admins were extradicted? ;)

  7. "I doubt I'll rack up that many readings of the Quran, but I do want to give another translation a try. Maybe I got the "terrorist translation" or something."

    Maybe. Good point.

  8. It's my understanding that the shepherds who found and used some of the Dead Sea Scrolls for kindling couldn't even read what they said, so I doubt there is a cover up. Maybe, but probably not.

    And aliens didn't write them, Essenes or some other Jewish group did.

    Honestly, most religion can be traced back to India, so if there was any sort of supernatural event that spurred religion, it probably happened there... unless it happened more than once.

  9. Hi Bret,

    Thank you for your thoughts on this matter. I very much appreciate your input. I still think there's something suspicious going on with the missing sea scrolls.

    There is a cover-up, I just know it. Yes I've heard of the Essenes.

    But what about the code that was found that says that a computer made the Bible? Sounds very alien to me when you consider that shepherds didn't walk about the meadow with iphones or scroll-making software.

    I am so confused. lol

    Well that's all well and fine about religion coming out of India and everything but of course. Gotta keep things lookin' all normal and human-like.

    Okay so I respect your opinion. I'm just ranting. Sorry?


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