By Tom Quiner
A man burns a book many people love.
He video tapes and broadcasts the event around the world.
He adds subtitles to be sure his intended target can read it.
The response to those upset with the book burning? Mass murder. Beheadings. All done to strangers.
Let us not dwell on details. Is there any moral equivalence to the two events? In other words, is a book-burning, regardless of the book, EVER morally equivalent to mass murder?
In other words, if someone burned the Christian Bible, does that justify Christians killing and beheading people?
If someone burned Atlas Shrugged, does that justify Objectivists and other members of an Ayn Rand Cult going out on a beheading spree?
The answer is yes, the actions are morally equivalent in the eyes of two groups, Muslims and American liberals, if the book being burned is the Koran. For that is what just happened on April 1st. Muslims were upset with a no-name, goof-ball preacher named Terry Jones who burned the Koran. Their response? Why go out and kill U.N. workers and cut off their heads. Four folks are dead. Two lost their heads.
Joe Klein is a liberal who writes for Time Magazine. He made it clear that Preacher Jones’ actions were just as bad as the murderous mob of Muslims:
“There should be no confusion about this: Jones’s act was murderous as any suicide bomber’s.”
There of course is no similarity in the two acts except in the eyes of modern moral barbarians, such as Islamic extremists and American liberals.