Ban on burning the Quran: Should a Florida church be allowed to burn copies of the Quran?

  • No one has any obligation to respect YOUR religion

    To other people, the Koran, Bible, Torah, any holy book, is potentially just a book. Possibly a book they hold no respect for, and see as wholly unsavoury. They don't have to hold your opinions. While they have to respect your right to have that opinion (go ahead, burn a copy of origin of the species) they don't have to respect the opinion itself.

    In fact, to do so is unconstitutional for a reason. And standing up to religious groups who, when they were strong and in areas of the world where they are still strong, run roughshod over anyone who opposes them, is virtuous in my opinion. And if a way to stand up to those groups without resorting to violence presents itself as burning a book, so be it.

    Granted, I never liked book burning. The practice itself seems uncivilized. I would prefer civil discourse and standing up against the groups at fault for wrong doing in more productive ways.

  • While the act itself is disrespectful of Islam, banning the act would be unconstitutional.

    The U.S. Constitution denies the Government the ability to make laws that impede one's free exercise of religion. The only allowance for Government interference would be if the act infringed upon anyone's right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. So essentially, if you don't like it...Don't involve yourself. Treat it like anything else that offends you...Ignore it.

  • Burning the Quran is disrespectful, disgusting and hateful, but not illegal.

    The Constitution of the United States was created to establish freedom of speech and freedom of religion. If the Florida church believes that the act is an expression of its religion (hateful or not) then it should not be banned, provided that it is not being done to hurt others, or in a manner dangerous to others. That is a subjective standard, and difficult to judge, but states cannot dictate religious beliefs.

  • Tic for tat

    *shaking my head in disbelief*

    This is why people become atheist ya know?

    NO. They have no right to burn something that is clearly sacred to others. Would you like it if someone came up to your house and blew up your possessions just because they "THOUGHT" it didn't look nice? They can express themselves however they like...We have something called the web for that but if they continue burning holy books it will just further slander the name of the church..Like hell if I care yet you lot should ruminate on the fact that Christianity itself is not essentially non-violent..

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

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