To fight Islam, don’t burn the Koran – read it 9

The Dove World Outreach Center, a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, has announced an “International Burn a Koran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

This is barbaric and counter-productive.

We are adamantly against the burning of books.

We are adamantly against the burning of copies of the Koran.

So is Robert Spencer, one of America’s foremost experts on Islam, and one of the strongest critics of it. He sensibly writes:

This church’s plan to burn the Qur’an on September 11 is stupid; I disapprove of it and of many other things about the pastor, the church, and the church’s approach to the jihad threat. I don’t support the burning of books; it’s tactically stupid, as it will make the mainstream media portray the church as a bunch of Nazis, and it’s wrong in principle: the antidote to bad speech is not censorship or book-burning, but more speech. Open discussion. Give-and-take. And the truth will out. There is no justification for burning books.

Marisol’s comments here are apposite: “‘International Burn a Koran Day’ does a grave disservice to the cause of spreading awareness about Islamic teachings and the threat that Sharia poses to our way of life. It is a gift to Islamic groups who would so dearly love to portray all of us who criticize and question Islamic teachings (and triumphalist mosques) as frothing reactionaries.”

It would be far better to prescribe the Koran as compulsory reading in all institutions of learning and non-Muslim religious assembly, to have it on open display in all public libraries, to read it aloud in classrooms and theaters, to serialize it in periodicals and daily newspapers, to endow the giving away of copies free of charge, and to place one in every hotel room.

It is an immoral, misogynistic, anti-human text, and the more widely it is read the more likely will Islam be to lose respect and protection, and the less likely to succeed with its proselytizing and jihad.

  • Benb

    Great suggestion. I want to see it in hotels. I will read it and will wipe my a$$ with it.

  • Kelly

    I agree. I read most of the Koran last year as part of a university course on Middle East history. I emerged from that experience no longer just thinking Islam is evil. I now know Islam is evil.

  • C. Gee

    An idea: burn one copy of the Koran – or an empty cereal box with “Koran” written on it – for every Muslim killed by another Muslim. September 3rd provided the opportunity for 54 Koran burnings when a Shia rally in Quetta, Pakistan was hit by a suicide bomber.

  • Ralph

    When I attended a local university I read Mein Kampf and every thing else I could find about Nazi Germany. Two of my friends lived in Germany before and during WWII. I can assure you they were not impressed with Hitler or the book burning. When I first told them I had read Mein Kampf they said they wish they had.

    Wise people don't burn books. They read them to gain knowlegdge even if it is distasteful knowledge about an enemy.

  • Tyler520

    Should it be burned? No. Should it be made widely available as dictated above? No more so than Mein Kampf.

    I do not agree with either solution. Keep in mind that most all libraries have a copy of religious texts, Universities offer courses on the subject, and interfaith centers and mosques offer free copies.

    • Jillian Becker

      Tyler520 – Thank you for your comment.
      When I was doing research in Germany I had to get special permission to read Mein Kampf in university libraries by producing a letter from a professor confirming my credentials. (My own copy was in England – my home at that time.) It was absurd to make it hard to get at. Have you read Mein Kampf? Have you read the Koran? They are texts that condemn themselves. Both should be freely available, and prescribed for students of history and ethics.
      The Koran being offered is not enough. Non-Muslims should be persuaded to read it .
      As for universities offering courses on Islam – who decides what is being taught in them? Who finances those faculties or departments? The universities have long since gone over to the dark side.

      • Tyler520

        Islamic studies in universities (at least, within the US) are often highly UNregulated or monitored, often serving as nothing more than propaganda wings for extremist groups, which doesn't exactly coincide with the article's argument of excessive censorship.

        • Jillian Becker

          The article is about ONE intended act of “excessive censorship” – burning copies of the Koran.

          For the rest, yes, Saudi money has bought compliance with Islamic propaganda in schools and universities. No one tries to balance what is taught about Islam any more than what is taught about socialism or feminism. Or very few, anyway, are giving a different view or insisting on critical examination.

          But even in ONE instance, book burning is wrong. And the way to make most people shudder at the ideology of Islam is to get them well informed about it.

        • Tyler520

          That's a nice idea- yet one would imagine it would have made quite the effect at the very inception of the death cult called Islam, yet it manages to boast 1/6th of the world's population (though most “civilized” converts are disproportionately criminals).

          It simply isn't the nature of people to pursue such things. Should a college, for example, choose to provide a course on “Naziism,” the odds are favorable that the vast majority of people who choose to attend the course will do so out of some inherent attraction to the idea – it only serves to “preach to the choir.”

          In all honestly, I do not support the burning of the Quran, yet they have every right to do so. Any act perpetrated in the name of outrage supposedly incited by the incident are simply using it as a convenient excuse.

          The story is a non-issue; the media are as guilty of “incitement” as the church leader is, as they consciously chose to blow the issue out of proportion.