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Lawyer Smokes Pages From the Koran and Bible 138

Posted by samzenpus
from the attention-whore-of-babylon dept.
Daehenoc writes "Thanks to a lawyer in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, we now know that the Bible makes a better smoke than the Koran. From the article: 'In the clip, titled "Bible or Koran - which burns best?", the professed atheist says burning religious books is no big deal and people need to get over it. "It's just a f---ing book," he says. "Who cares? It's your beliefs that matter. Quite frankly, if you are going to get upset about a book, you're taking life way too seriously."'
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Lawyer Smokes Pages From the Koran and Bible

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  • Doesn't understand (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Aladrin (926209) on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:41PM (#33563194)

    "He defended the stunt, saying basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech, should not be threatened simply because someone might be offended."

    Yet another person doesn't understand freedom of speech.

    He's perfectly free to say it. But he has to deal with the consequences. The government isn't saying a word about it. It's his peers and employer that are upset. And he'll face their wrath, as it should be.

    Do I think he should be fired? No. What he did was thoughtless and inconsiderate, but it wasn't illegal and it wasn't on behalf of the school.

  • by drumcat (1659893) on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:41PM (#33563204)
    It's always been the symbolism. I could wipe my ass with either book, and someone would get offended. It's just paper...
    The thing is, if people are willing to believe in the whacked out nonsense contained in either book, why would anyone ever believe people wouldn't get pissed about burning them?
  • Similar example (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:45PM (#33563252) Homepage Journal
    take that green pieces of paper and burn it. Is just a f---in piece of paper, who cares? Is your belief that have a value what matters. Quite frankly, if you are going to get upset about a bunch of money, you're taking life way too seriously.
  • by jDeepbeep (913892) on Monday September 13, 2010 @12:49PM (#33563306)
    I don't think that's a good analogy. It would be more like, we are going to shred this piece of paper that your SSN is written on.
  • Freedoms (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anomalyx (1731404) on Monday September 13, 2010 @01:14PM (#33563622)
    Being a Christian myself (a relatively logical one, as well), here's my point of view.
    He bought it, it's his book, so he's free to burn it. I personally would never burn a Bible, and I don't like even the idea of Bibles being burned, but as long as he's doing it to his own property, he's free to. To me, it's the words that matter, not the paper. As long as I have the words, he can burn as much paper as he's willing to buy. I can disagree with him, but that's all I can do. No more.

    He's right in that "it's just a book.. get over it". However, I do hope he's not doing it with the purpose of taunting, because I would view that as malicious. If he wants to burn books because it makes him feel good, that's fine. It's doing it with the sole purpose of mocking others that creates an issue. I wouldn't do that to a Muslim's Koran, despite how much I disagree with them.
  • Re:Similar example (Score:2, Insightful)

    by fedtmule (614169) on Monday September 13, 2010 @01:15PM (#33563632)

    You are turning things upside down. People are upset, that he is burning his own personal copy of the Bible/Koran and that is just silly. If he burned another persons copy of the Koran/Bible, then by all means get upset.

    If you decide to burn your own money, it would not make me upset. Not the slightest. Money are just I-Owe-Yours from the government. When you burn money, you resolve the government of it's obligation. So go burn all your own money, it will just mean I have to pay a tiny bit less in taxes.

  • Re:Freedoms (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Galestar (1473827) on Monday September 13, 2010 @01:29PM (#33563818)
    +1 Sudden Outburst of Common Sense
  • I'm sorry, pal (Score:5, Insightful)

    by melted (227442) on Monday September 13, 2010 @02:03PM (#33564218) Homepage

    There's no way to be "christian" and be "logical" at the same time. Christianity (and most other religions) by definition requires you to suspend logic and believe in the outdated mythology written by unwashed, barely literate savages approximately 1900 years ago (50 years _after_ the death of Christ), and since then creatively rewritten a few times to suit head honchos of the various sects. You believe in something you, again by definition, can't observe or confirm the existence of. That pretty much destroys your claim at possessing "logic".

  • by sp3d2orbit (81173) on Monday September 13, 2010 @02:14PM (#33564386)

    The ten commandments, and similar passages in the koran, specifically prohibit the worship of material things via the "Thou Shall Not Make False Idols" commandment. Worshiping the bible, or the crucifix or the koran is not only stupid, its hypocritical by its own standards.

  • Re:Similar example (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Monday September 13, 2010 @02:21PM (#33564482) Homepage Journal
    A bible (or any of the other books for the other religions) have some use. Could be a first step for getting eternal life, gives you a community, could give some respect, all inside the people that believes in its value. And money can lose value pretty fast, like in Zimbabwe.
  • Re:I'm sorry, pal (Score:3, Insightful)

    by melted (227442) on Monday September 13, 2010 @03:58PM (#33565698) Homepage

    Um, no. It is a fundamental rule of science to not take unobservable events and entities as truth. Religion is, at best, an unsupported hypothesis, with VERY long odds against it. And odds are getting slimmer by the day as science explains the world in greater detail, and uncovers the facts that directly contradict religious doctrines.

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