Sunday, August 1, 2010

Atheists: Let's Have International Burn a Qu'ran Day

Scratch that - some Christians have beaten us to to the punch and are having just such an event. Though the Quran is a indeed a silly and barbarous book, this book-burning is childish, pointlessly inflammatory (no pun intended) and will accomplish nothing. Of course they're free to do it, but I'm not sure what they think it's going to accomplish.

Here's the question. Muslims probably don't care whether it's Christians, atheists or anybody else having Burn a Qu'ran Day. And I'm sure a lot of Christians think this is ridiculous too, although if that's so, Christian media outlets have been pretty quiet about it (if that's not the case, feel free to post links in the comments). What would the reaction from American Christians be if atheists held "International Burn a [non-Christian religious text] Day"? Would we be regarded as shrill, angry New Atheists, shouting hatefully at their fellow theists? Or would the Christian press avert their eyes as they are right now?

8 comments:

vjack said...

I disagree that it will accomplish nothing. It has already brought them tons of publicity. I suspect that is really why they are doing it. What they will be able to gain from the publicity is a different matter.

Michael Caton said...

You're right, publicity will happen. But in terms of displacing Islam from the world or building Christianity's or their own sect's standing? Zilch.

TGP said...

If you burned bibles across the street from these folks, they'd be apoplectic.

Michael Caton said...

One hopes that at some point, the dissonance would break through to a few of them. Maybe I take back what I said, and it would be good if there were atheists burning both? I nominate you. Make us proud.

TGP said...

How about if atheists were burning no books at all, but instead, just offering free downloads of public domain literature?

Michael Caton said...

No! Burn burn burn! By that I mean, free public downloads are better.

TGP said...

Even better, delete a few billion electronic copies of whatever sacred text you like on a big monitor.

"Hey, in the time it took you burn ten Korans and five Qu'rans, I just destroyed more copies of the bible than were ever printed. Now, there are negative bibles and I'm doing a search and replace for 'blood' with 'poop.' It's amusing in the Old Testament, but when Jesus gets into the picture, it's comedy gold!"

Michael Caton said...

If we can find a mediagenic way to do that I think you're onto something.