One thing that makes me mad/sad/frustrated/enraged is that, yet again, ALL of this comes down to people who attempt to justify their promises of violence by the mere fact that they’re ‘offended’.
I, of course, realize that practically speaking, we must treat it as a ‘given’, but I can’t tell you how much I HATE the fact that we have to. Yes, we could easily supply a valid explanation as to why such a reaction isn’t justifiable and shouldn’t be tolerated…....but ‘reasoning’ is basically irrelevant here, isn’t it?
I was thinking the same thing. Someone burning a book has no affect on me. I couldn’t care less. However people are taught through religion to take offense at the event and we have to deal with the reality of that.
I would like to be the first to preach tolerance, however a religion (any religion) that teaches people to be offended by what someone else does which does no direct real harm to them? To the point of being willing to kill and destroy property?
So we abandon the principle of free speech because of the reaction caused by religious teachings? I mean how much of our principles do we abandon to pacify the religiously offended?
Jones is an idiot however in the US he has a right to burn the Koran. Do we continue to support free speech whatever the cost or do we let religion continue to dictate what is right and wrong?