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Turn Book-Burning into Book-Learning

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To mobilize a book-burning in America is about as un-Democratic as instating Fascism. To counter such a movement, each citizen interested, either one way or the other, should read the book first - or, at least the first 10 pages of it - to see what it is about. Then each person who considered participating in this mass mayhem would at least have the information they needed to do the democratic thing, i.e., make an informed decision. If we all do this instead of burning the book, maybe we can have some hope of saving our country from completely abandoning its ideals of free-speech and religious equality. If, after that, someone still wants to burn a Qur'an, at least do it in the privacy of your home instead of in a public setting; such an activity resonates too painfully with the darkness of The Inquisition! If you don't like any of these suggestions, at least throw into the fire all the books on your shelves which you never read - so it is a system of disposal rather than an activity which flies in the face of democracy by condemning a religion about which you know nothing - other than the falsities that a media war and a few radicals have taught you regarding the lives of over a billion people on this planet.


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