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Holier than thine.

September 27, 2009

I don’t consider any “holy” books to be off limits for any activity except censorship.  I will admit that I had trouble throwing away those little green New Testament copies that the Gideons used to hand out on campus but I must have recovered from that bit of reverence because I don’t have them anymore.

Do whatever you want to with whatever “holy” book you happen to have in your possession as long as it actually belongs to you.  Don’t damage or deface books belonging to others unless they’ve given you permission to do so.

Given the above, I’m not particularly bothered that a Bible was used in a Scottish art exhibit which asked people to “write your way back into” the Bible. A Bible was provided as well as writing instruments.  The end result was apparently obscene in many instances but it was open to interpretation.

What does bother me is the blatant hypocrisy exhibited by so many in society regarding “holy books.”  As Islamist Watch points out, “some holy books are more equal than others.”  I should be able to rip apart a Quran and a Bible and use both for fingerpainting paper.  Why are the two books not equal?  We are told repeatedly that all religions are equal.  That people of all faiths should be treated the same and yet defacing a Bible is art but defacing a Quran is a hate crime.

Why?

Maybe because those who criticize Islam are met with violence?  Maybe to reduce the threat of violence we as a society capitulate to the instigators of violence?  We as a society must stop surrendering our basic beliefs to pacify those who would destroy our society.

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