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Thunderf00t destroys harddrive containing 40,000 Arabic versions of the Qur'an
Written by MyMelody   
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 16:36

The burning of a Qur'an, presided over by Fundamentalist Pastor, Terry Jones, has regrettably led to bloodshed. In Mazer-e Sharif,  Afghanistan "Protesters got angry and violent and raided a [United Nations Compound] killing eleven people including seven foreign employees."

 This tragic event has ignited a flurry of opinions across the web.  Many are outraged and lay blame squarely on Jones, as he had been warned that this very action would likely result in violence.  

Then there are those, notably YouTube personality Thunderf00t, who do not denounce Jones, but seem to blame only the protesters. In his latest video, Thunderf00t affirms the seriousness of his convictions by setting ablaze a hard drive containing 40,000 Arabic versions of the Qur'an whilst reminding his viewers that "I am NOT a Muslim. I am NOT subject to Islamic Laws. I will protest to defend free speech against those who would limit it by threats of force."

Thunderf00t  asserts that "there are no ideas beyond question, and if your entire argument is 'our religious dogma is that the Qur'an is sacred and cannot be questioned,' then your argument isn't worth spit."

We here at GodlessLiberals.com would like to know where you, our readers, stand on this situation. We encourage you to voice your opinions. Does Thunderf00t make a valid point? Is he completely wrong? We want to know.



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-2 #27 Peter 2011-12-05 14:47
If you even suspect that your actions may cause harm to others, shouldn't you think long and hard before committing to such a course of action?
Can you honestly say the no one in the United States would react the same way if a Bible were burned under similar circumstances?
If you truly believe that Terry Jones burned the Qu'ran as an exercise of free speech, all I can say is " I respectfully disagree. " ;)
-1 #26 Madmanmikey 2011-05-17 16:50
Frankly, I think both acts of burning Korans were rather cowardly, though done for different reasons.

Both actions were done to prove a point, which each agent knew would royally piss off people known to get crazy (all religious people get crazy when you burn their books). And both that burned the book did it in geographic areas that provided them maximum safety.

Thus, clueless UN aides, ESL teachers and other uninvolved western types are targeted for revenge. People who are totally uninvolved and unaware take the hit.

Shit, that sounds more like covert government activity than the acts of a moral individual.

However, should either of these peoples elect to recreate their public burnings in the Middle East and are willing to put their matches where their mouths are, then I take it all back.

Lastly and for the record I am not a Christian or Muslim. I just hate seeing innocent people take the hit.
-1 #25 Jadedmastermind 2011-04-23 15:35
The irony is that the Renaissance and the age of enlightenment was made possible by Ialam, which was once a tolerant and enlightened religion. During the era of the Spanish Inquisition, Jews fled from Christian territories to Muslim territories, which were at the time more tolerant of minorities. Since the Renaissance, Islam has turned its back on the very principles of freedom and tolerance that caused it to be enlightened. Now it is Western nations that are enlightened, and it is the Middle East that suffers under religious fundametalism. The same mentalitly that persecuted Galileo now causes savages to fly planes into skyscrapers and send suicide bombers into Israel.
+1 #24 Jadedmastermind 2011-04-23 15:26
Thunderf00t is absolutely correct in what he has done. It is a peaceful demonstration meant to mock the savage behavior of fundamentalist Islamists. Thunderf00t attacks ideas, On the other hand, the Islamist savages whose ideas Thunderf00t attacks respond to criticism by killing thos who adhere to ideas that challenge fundamentalist Islam. This is the same mentality that was embraced by the Nazis and the Communists: kill anyone who opposes them. And just as Naziism and Communism fell, Islamism too will one day collapse.
0 #23 MyMelody 2011-04-18 13:23
Quoting Mark Kregel:
After giving his statement another look, I realized 'hey, I was wrong and he was right'
Specifically www.youtube.com/.../

Thanks for the link. It was very enlightening. :-)
0 #22 Jason Cullen 2011-04-16 12:17
Oh, well, then nevermind what I just said. :D I do agree that book burning in general isn't exactly 'warm' to a democrat's heart (an by 'democrat' I mean someone who believes in democracy). On the other hand, if a person wants to personally burn a book they hate, they can do that. Just as Thunderfoot did with his hard drive. It's just a symbolic act. But herein lies the power of Thunderfoot's point: to a Muslim, the Qur'an just isn't a book; the very language (the Arabic Qur'an) is an eternal thing, co-existent with God. By symbolically attacking it, it is a literal attack on God. (The idea that the Bible is the word of God is a direct influence from Islam, as historically/traditionally Christ is the Word of God [ho Xristos ho logos estin] and the Bible is an accident of history Modern Protestantism was influenced by Islam in many ways that modern day Amurikans might be uncomfortable to know.)
So let's not confuse emptying a library of books and burning it with a backyard fire.
+1 #21 Mark Kregel 2011-04-16 12:09
After giving his statement another look, I realized 'hey, I was wrong and he was right'
Specifically www.youtube.com/.../
0 #20 Jason Cullen 2011-04-16 12:03
@ Mark But that is PRECISELY why you are missing the point. As Thunderfoot pointed out, book burning before the invention of electronic media WAS an attempt to deny access to material, such as taking books out of a library and destroying them. The actual method of destruction is irrelevant; they were censoring the material. However, what this fight is about ISN'T denying anyone access to Islam or its teachings or its books; rather, it's about whether non-Muslims should have to obey and respect Islam. Destroying 40,000 downloaded Qur'ans doesn't deny anyone anything; however, it is insulting to people who think the Qur'an should be treated with respect and reverence regardless of one's personal beliefs. Modern day Islamic states, such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, DO ban and control information contrary to Islam; western secular republics do not. There is a double standard and then some here.
+1 #19 Mark Kregel 2011-04-16 11:59
After reading this:


I agree - this post speaks mountains.
+1 #18 Mark Kregel 2011-04-16 11:50
Although I apreciate the sentiment (I think all religions and holy books are good as historical information only) I do get worried when anyone burns a book. Not because I particularly care about that book - the Quran, Bible and Torah are 100% bullshit - but because burning books seems like something the religious folks would do. I think the Quran, The Bible and all religious texts should be free to read and for anyone to point out the obvious bullshit that lies within.

Anyway, thanks for letting me have my two cents.

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