Not Cease from Exploration...a blog by Steve Albert

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book Burners

What kinds of people burn books?

  • NAZI youth in 1933 burning copies of H.G. Wells books (among others) in Berlin
  • In 1992 Serbian Nationalists burned the entire Oriental Institute in Sarajevo, destroying millions of books
  • Present day Muslim extremists burning copies of the Satanic Verses by Salman Bushdie
That's what kind of people burn books.

By my estimation, book burning is one of the lowest forms of mock-protest that exits.  The ideas behind a book can't be burned away, so why do it?  Is the real intent to show "hey, maybe we can burn you next instead of the book"? 

Don't like what's in the Koran?  Then don't read it.  Better yet, do read it and then preach against it. 

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