left biblioblography: Ah, The Smell Of Biblioclasm In The Morning...

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Ah, The Smell Of Biblioclasm In The Morning...

Cross posted @ God Is For Suckers!

Desecrating_Koran_in_Iran And of course, since Islam is a 'peaceful' religion:

Mumbai Muslim couple arrested for burning Quran

Mumbai, August 28:: A Muslim couple was arrested for allegedly burning a copy of their holy book in suburban Govandi area.

Mastan Shah and his wife Noor Bano Shah told the police that they were burning the book as it was very old and tattered and they did not want to throw it.

Angry neighbours who saw the holy book being burnt, assaulted Noor and Mastan. The couple's house was also vandalised.

And for another little ditty of dangerous delusion:

Students burn US flags in anger at Koran shooting

STUDENTS in Logar and Balkh have staged anti-American demonstrations in protest at a US soldier in Iraq who shot a copy of the holy Koran.

The protesters asked the United Nations and the international community to put the soldier on trial in an Islamic court.

More than 1,400 students from Porak High School, as well as tribal elders from 20 villages, took to the streets in Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital of Logar in protest at the soldier’s actions.

During the two-hour protest, students blocked the Kabul-Gardez highway and burned effigies of President Bush and the US flag.

In fact, these are just books, people. Being an avid bibliophile, there was a time when I thought that was a sin (till I learned that the word 'sin' was just a fancy way of saying "Oops!"). Human beings are not only vaster repositories of knowledge, but are by and far more valuable than some musty old anachronistic book of rules.

Knowledge is a commodity, and life is priceless - and a book comes in a distant third by my calculations.

Till the next post, then.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well first off. The excuse seems a little weak or inconsistant with a logical action. I have never come to a point with my old Hemingway where I had to "BURN" the book to dispose of it. Having said that arrest seems harsh in my Book(no pun intended but credit gladly accepted for the pun)