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Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
these are some of my thoughts....
suppose one guy in iran says he is going to burn a bunch of bibles.
suppose i shoot and kill a man at an iranian embassy in america, and use that man's statement of planning to burn bibles as an excuse to justify my killing of some man whom i choose to associate with that man in iran.
would i be guilty of murder, would i be responsible for his death?
was the man at the iranian embassy who i killed responsible for his death for being there?
or is the man in iran who said he was going to burn a bunch of bibles responsible for me killing this man at an iranian embassy in america?
no, i do not condone burning books. no, i do not support burning books.
but i don't also don't condone using it as an excuse to divert blame from the gunman to the one who stated they had plans to burn some books.
just because some guy on the opposite side of the planet says he is going to burn some books does not excuse me getting a gun, buying the ammunition for it, loading it, going to the closest place where i think someone who resembles that man's ideals may be found, aiming the gun at his head, pulling the trigger, and killing him.
which is the greater sin? saying you are going to burn a book that has billions of identical replicas of it on the planet, or using it as an excuse to shoot and kill someone?
so if i say i am going to burn a bunch of korans and then someone 15,000 miles away hears that i am going to do this and kills someone, am i responsible for that man's death?
i don't agree with Terry Jones views, tactics, or ideals.
these are some of my thoughts about this issue,
edit on 12-9-2010 by Esoteric Teacher because: add signature & these are some of my thoughts...
edit on 12-9-2010 by Esoteric Teacher because: grammar fix