Meanwhile, in America, some Houston-area residents were offended by a free Quran. in the news:
- "Residents Upset Over Group's Distribution of Qurans"
MyFOX Houston (July 1, 2008)
- "An English translation of the Quran began appearing two weeks ago on the doorsteps of hundred of homes in the BraesTimbers neighborhood. The books came in plastic bags with a note attached from the 'Book of Signs Foundation' asking recipients to accept the Quran as a gift from the Muslim community.
- "But some residents, like Greg and Sue Ann Pieri, said they feared the group is imposing its beliefs on non-Muslims and found the gesture offensive.
- " 'If we went into a Muslim country and left a bible, we would be in prison and then decapitated a few years later,' said Sue Ann Pieri, who chose not to destroy the book like other neighbors did."
On the other hand: destroying a free copy of the Quran? Get a grip! Giving a book away is not 'imposing beliefs' on someone.
In the Pieri's position, I'd have taken the Quran, and put it on the shelf with my father's copy. Or, rather, I would as soon as we have shelf space available. This household is in the process of merging my father's library with mine. There are piles of books on two levels of the house, at least: and my wife's none too happy about it.
Particularly since my father's copy may not be the best English translation around. That's something I'll have to research - later.
Get a Grip, People!A free book isn't 'imposing' - at least not in my opinion. Jehovah's Witnesses, who go door-to-door in teams, and require firm handling to expel: that's "imposing." On my time and patience, anyway.
But, a free copy of the Quran? In English? That's not an imposition: that's a resource. I've read many books which had viewpoints and conclusions that I do not accept. But, I learned from them.
Books don't make you believe the ideas they contain. That's up to you.
Living in ignorance was never a priority for me: and it's difficult for me to understand those who seem to avoid learning about the world and people in it.
It's occurred to me that the Muslims in Scotland, and the easily-offended residents around Houston, could get together with like-minded people, and form a sort of self-help group. Perhaps an appropriate name would be People Offended Over Paltry Items and Events.
Seriously? As I wrote earlier today, "This is the twenty first century. The world is full of people who aren't exactly like each other.
Live with it."