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geoff



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PostPosted: 10/09/10, 15:24    Post subject: Book burning anyone ? Reply with quote

So, pastor Terry Jones has backed down from his plan to burn korans outside his obscure Florida church. Is this a triumph of reason over prejudice? Or a blow to the expression of individual freedom - bearing in mind that the publicity-hungry pastor has every right to dispose of his own posessions under US law ?

Politicians often remind us why our excellent troops are fighting to the death in places like Afghanistan - it is supposedly to bring them the individual freedoms that we rightly hold so dear here in the west. Rights that include the right to act like a loony and burn a few books if we want to. Rights that include saying what we want to without fear of violent retribution.

A koran is just the same as a bible or an A to Z of Liverpool - some wood pulp and ink. America should be ashamed this morning to call itself the 'land of the free'.

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Rev



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PostPosted: 13/09/10, 13:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inciting people to religious hatred? I was dismayed. But then I was further dismayed at the response of some of the Muslims in Afghanistan. Neither party seemed to be working in favour of love and peace. I suppose all that stuff Jesus said (you know, that guy who is the God of Christianity and the prophet of Islam) counts for nothing...
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PostPosted: 14/09/10, 08:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

When watching tha american government tryiing to persuade (pressurise) him not to burn the books, in case it upset the muslims, I wondered if any of the muslim government officials were out there, persuading their people not to burn the american flag, or not to burn the effigies of Obama.
Probably not.
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