Saturday, September 18, 2010

Two Peculiarities with Reuters

Old Article: Two Afghans killed as Koran protests simmer Reuters


1. How foolish, or distrustful, or hyperanalytical has American society become to repeatedly view “Victory Mosque” opposition as a matter of “racism”?

2. Let no one say that personal bias or opinion is unapparent in modern journalism. Reuters writes:
Obama had warned that burning copies of the Koran could hurt the United States deeply abroad, endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan and risk attacks by al Qaeda.

While Jones abandoned his plan, there were at least two incidents of abuse of the Koran in Lower Manhattan in New York on Saturday.
Since when has it been a given fact that the burning of the Qur'an or really any book is abuse? If I buy a bunch of textbooks for college with my own money, and get a burning permit from the fire dept. to blow off some steam at the end of the quarter by burning those burdensome, troublesome books in my backyard, so what? There is no law against this. In fact, there is no objective moral law against this either, the only grounds for people’s objection being the tired “The Nazis burned books!” retort. (Indeed, how many would object to modern uses of the blitzkrieg if it is thought that the Nazi Germany invented it?)

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