September 9th, 2010


Zero tolerance for the rights violaters.

You know, I think it's really stupid to burn the Koran. If anything you are creating artificial scarcity in a good that is easily produced, and the only one it's costing is the one who purchases the book in the first place and spends their own time doing something completely ridiculous that will have no effect whatsoever on whether or not terrorists are actually going to attack us again.

So one would think I would be pleased by this news.

However, far from being content with this outcome, I am actually quite appalled. Not so much at the choice to choose not to do the book burning, but in how involuntary that choice actually turned out to be.

"It only took repeated visits from the FBI, outraged comments from pretty much every American leader, promises to not cover it from news groups who in the past aired American secrets obtained illegally without blinking, and denunciations from the Vatican and the UK. Collapse )

Then again, the freedom of expression which allowed Americans to commit similar gestures in the past without fear of violence (aimed at the Bible, most often), cost millions of American soldiers their lives. So, even in light of all that talk and outrage, our current leaders invested relatively little effort into just giving it away."

This is from a post (by Jake Ellison) made to expose the hypocrisy of those who are, in effect, taking "no tolerance for the intolerant" to its necessary consequences.
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