I've been thinking a lot about this whole burning the Koran business. So much that I woke up less than an hour ago thinking about it to the point where I think I should get it all out on 'paper'. I've had some Atheist friends talk about this on facebook and I have to admit, I've been less then honest when they've brought it up about my real standpoint. Some of these friends also being friends of mine on here so I might be exposing myself, meh.
So here's the thing. I really trully don't understand why so many of my fellow nonbelievers are not only okay with burning the Koran, but seem to support it to the point of continuing to burn other religious books and the like. It's not about the not offending people so much either, I could care less if people are offended. It's how hypocritical it is to me.
One of the things we, in general, are against when it come to most religions, is how archaic it can get. How people follow books and rules established hundreds of years ago without question. How books like the bible are cool with stoning women and gays, sacrificing animals, genital mutilation, so on. But you know what else is archaic? Burning books. This is something these same people we're against for the most part have done over and over again in our history. Whole library's of stories and histories gone because some guy said god doesn't like it.
I understand the symbolism of what's being done here. I understand it's legal and isn't much different from burning the flag for example. I also agree with what George Carlin once said, "Symbols are for the simple-minded." And I also know that burning a book isn't necesarily going to hurt anyone itself, it's not burning a person. But I can't justify burning something simply because I disagree.
Burning the Koran isn't going to make Islam go away, niether would burning the bible, or any other book. Two negatives don't make a positive, this isn't math.
I love books. Books pretty much saved my life when I was young and had no friends. Honestly I daydream about a superpower that would allow me to read every book ever written in the world. No matter what it's about, what language, even if it's horrible. So maybe this makes me biased. It confuses me a bit esspecially since I also have a thing about being too attatched to inanimate objects. But again on the otherside I'm also OCD and there are certain things that are VERY hard for me to do or not do that have no logical basis in my brain whatsoever.
I knwo some of you disagree but maybe some of you agree. And I know no matter what's said on either side probably isn't going to change anything but I just needed to get it out there. I think we're better than these people, we don't need to do what they would do to piss people off. Thanks for reading?