Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Flushed Koran Angers Quran Defenders

And they've brought on hate-crime charges against the the Quran-flusher.

You've heard about it by now. A student at Pace University in New York threw a Quran in a toilet. Twice.

I'm not clear on how many Qurans were involved. The news article I read implied that the same book was used on both occasions ("he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions"). That seems unlikely, so it looks like the student desecrated two copies of the Muslim holy book.

Tacky? Boorish? Really stupid? Yes to all three.

Hate crime? Good question. I'll leave that to the courts.

I don't blame Muslims with being upset. What that student did was unconscionable in any group claiming to be a civilized society.

As a Catholic, I'd be upset if some artist put a crucifix in urine, put the thing on display, and got taken seriously as an artist. Or decorated a picture of the Virgin Mary with dung.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has come to the defense of the Quran in the Pace University Quran desecration. They're the same bunch that came to the defense of the Minnesota Imams who just happened to re-enact the 9/11 martyr's pre-hijacking behavior.

My guess is that the Quran-flusher is in for a lot of trouble.

And that we'll be hearing a great deal about how put-upon Muslims in the states are.

That student's exercise in self-expression was not helpful.

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