I see Terry Jones did not burn his korans after all. I think on balance that was right, though I have some reservations. On principle I think that burning books as a concept is disturbing, from nazi Germany to Fahrenheit 451. On the other hand it was being used as an example of freedom of expression, of which I totally approve even if I disagree with, or am offended by what is being expressed.
His motivation, "my god is better than your god" was childish and provocative but the reaction he got in some Moslem countries was monstrously excessive and ridiculous. It is clear that many in these countries, with their hysterical demands for Jones' arrest and punishment, do not understand the essential freedoms enjoyed by the citizens of western democracies. Nor do they understand the restraints placed on democratic governments. Jones was not proposing to do anything illegal, and was simply going to destroy what was his own property.
I confess to a sense of bemusement seeing the hatred and vitriol exchanged between the exponents of two different views as to the nature of the great fairy at the bottom of the garden. My bemusement is tempered with despair that there are people who would be happy to kill for the sake of their delusions.
In the end I think he should not have received the publicity he has. He should have been ignored completely and allowed to burn whatever he wanted that was his to burn. Be it a koran, a bible or the latest Jeffrey Archer. He should have been left in his obscurity and nobody should have taken any notice.
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