As some may be aware, a Danish man is going to be brought up on blasphemy charges for burning the Qur'an. As shocking as this is it brings to light a few points worthy of discussion.
What does it mean to blaspheme in the first place? Blasphemy is to some extent the transgression of a religious law. The validity of that law rests on the authority of the deity, of whom that religion is centered around. But what if one does not recognize that authority, is the law still valid? What about the varying interpretations between denominations as to what extent that law applies, or is to be enforced, who is going to decide, if members of the same religion cannot even agree, how can it be enforced? Considering the fact that since the very existence of the deity is assumed, then by extension, the authority of that deity is assumed. When the man sought to burn the Qur'an didn't he also assume that he had the authority to engage in such an act? Who can say he was wrong? Doesn't one assumed authority get cancelled out by another assumed authority? If that is the case then the man did nothing wrong in the first place, having by his own action rendered the law against burning the Qur'an, null in void.
Putting those questions aside for now, it is important to note that here in America we have something that I would say is perceived to be an act of blasphemy tantamount to burning the Qur'an, that of burning the American Flag. Interestingly enough, those who are in favor of burning the flag are also against burning the Qur'an. The justification for burning one over the other is that the flag is a symbol of a history of oppression, while the Qur'an is a symbol of faith for a group of people who have suffered under that very flag, and in the name of multiculturalism, that symbol must be respected, and protected.
Yet, the justification for burning the flag is also the same justification for burning the Qur'an. What exactly is that justification? Well the suffering and subjugation of women and homosexuals,slavery, ethnic cleansing and antisemitism. This is what the flag represents and therefore should be burned. But one need not look any farther than the Qur'an itself to find the warrant for the suffering and subjugation of women and homosexuals,slavery, ethnic cleansing and antisemitism.
So burn the flag if you will, but keep your lighter at the ready, because if one claims to stand upon the moral high ground, then bring the flame of judgement to the pages of the Qur'an as well. For that is a source of hatred and oppression far older than the flag itself.
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