Friday, June 19, 2009

Oh, and by the way...

"It tells me that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them".

Everyone has their one sort of "pet" issue-- something that riles you to your bone. Mine is unequivocally, without a doubt, book burning. Via Salon, yet another story about anti-gay bigots trying to get a library to remove a book and publicly burn it.

Very quickly: there is no justification for burning a book, ever. Even the worst hateful, racist screed has a value as a document of humanity-- records of human moral and intellectual failings are important as well. Burning a book is one of the most powerful and undeniable statements of intellectual poverty I can think of-- these people should be wholly and utterly ashamed of themselves.