Some time ago a atheist YouTube user named Thunderf00t (with other YouTube users) created draw Mohammed day. The idea was to stop censorship. And to show the Muslim world were not afraid of the Muslim worlds violent outbursts because somebody offended them or their religion.
Originally I like the idea, and I still support the original idea as I think it sends a message to the Muslim community. Which was, we will not be censored. Although it seemed to have gone from a anti-censorship message to a message of intolerance towards Muslims. And when that happened, I no longer participate. Because, I am not for intentionally showing intolerance towards Muslims or any group. But I’m more than willing to insult somebody to show them I’m not afraid of them or their Muslim groups outrageous behavior towards humankind when somebody says something they don’t like.
Now the same user Thunderf00t who was one of the many people behind the draw Mohammed day. Has now started something similar. But instead of drawing Mohammed he is going to burn half million digital downloaded copies of the Koran. And is urging other people to do the same thing.
Now he says that he is doing this for similar reasons as he did with draw Mohammed day. The idea is to send the message to the Muslim community that people are not afraid of the Muslims violent outbursts, thus the non-Muslim world will not go silent out of fear. Instead they will show that they are not afraid and that there are consequences to their violent outbursts. And in this case, the consequences are the Burning Half a Million more Korans.
Now, I support the idea (With out burning the books part), as long as it is about freedom of speech/censorship, and showing the Muslims, who are trying to use fear, that we are not afraid. As well as providing a consequence to them for their actions. However, I fear that like last time, when it comes to draw Mohammed day that it will become more of a situation where people use it to vent their own intolerance for the Muslim world. Ironically, a intolerance that primarily has resulted from the actions of those within the Muslim world. Ultimately I fear this movement is still about intolerance and is just being disguised as free-speech and anti-fear.
Now, one might ask me if I am being a hypocrite here, because in a previous post I was against the burning of the Koran. Which I still am. But I must say I am not being a hypocrite… Because, I’m against the burning of the Koran or any book out of intolerance, hatred and bigotry. These are not positively morally motivated. But I am for sending a message to those who would act violently over a book being burned in some attempt to scare the rest of the world into doing their bidding. But burring books for that message, that is still not something I support. There must be a more productive way of sending that message.
It is sad though that people feel it has come down to this. That a message has to be sent to the Muslim world by burining books. Now not all Muslims are reacting this way, but were not exactly seeing the ones who are not acting violently, coming out and condemning this. And the only place I seen where someone has condemned it. They show they still don’t get it and put the blame on others for the actions of the Muslims who are violently acting out.
So people see this and think that using a method that has always been associated with censorship is the salution. And now many in the non-Muslim world are coming together and showing that freedom of speech is not to be stifled by fear of violence or death. By burning books… Anyone see the problem with this?
Now I will not live in fear because of their tantrums. As a christian I fear the lord not them nor what they can do to me or anyone. For I have hope. But I will not be buring books.