"Where Books Are Burned, In The End People Will Burn." - Heinrich Heine
It seems the circus, led by the hateful loonies of Dove Outreach, will proceed apace. Dr. Muqtedar Khan counsels
his fellow-Muslims, when
they see images of the Quran burning, to "recognize this provocation
for what it is," to "let Terry Jones enjoy the monopoly on barbarity,"
to remember the teachings of the Quran: "Forgive them and overlook their
misdeeds, for Allah loves those who
are kind." In another era, he suggests, Nazi book-burning taught us all
we need to know.
"The connection is not too difficult to discern. Books are repositories of
histories, of identities, of values. They are the soul of civilization. A
society must abandon basic decencies in order to muster the immoral courage
to burn books as a celebratory act. Once it starts burning the souls of
civilization, human souls will not be left behind."