As an aside this is an interesting example - I didn't have to expect to define a book. Feckin' digital age challenging conventional understandings.Mirthomaniac wrote:Look up Thunderf00t's video on the subject: he plans to download 500,000 copies of the Qur'an onto an old HDD and then burn that. It is an act of defiance here - maybe one of those 1/100 cases where it's not done from fear or hatred, but in opposition to the spreading of those things?
I guess I've thrown loads of pdf books into my OS X trash can and haven't equated it with throwing it in to a real bin. So I guess that would be okay with me. I still find the idea of destroying a hard drive a bit silly.
See I don't think that will happen so I see burning a book as a fruitless pursuit that simply serves to destroy a book.Feardorcha wrote: My goal is to retain the freedom to speak freely and not be silenced by ignorance and superstition.
If enough people burn the Koran - or any other book claimed to hold special powers - those who take to themselves the right to kill people for a perceived insult will be unable to kill us all and we will have salvaged our right to regard books as books and not vessels of the supernatural and we will have slavaged our hard-won, fundamental right to regard ideas as ideas and not be cowed by the threats of those who would silence us.
Have you any examples of when mass book burning has achieved a desired result?