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                                  Book Burnings                           


Dear Brother Ron

Would you participate in a book burning directed by your church? If so, would you read each one first or would you trust your fellow man to decide for you?

MB


Dear MB

We are told by the churches that we have free will to choose how we live our life. The Declaration of Independence says that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The implication is we have the right to choose our definition of happiness and how we pursue it. The first Amendment to the constitution guarantees freedom of speech. There seems to be a general consensus here.

I am opposed to any group who thinks they have the right to make decisions that God and the government think I am smart enough to make for myself. I am insulted by those who think I need them to do my thinking for me. Besides, I find that many of these groups do not have a sound basis for their opposition to certain books.

 

For example, there have been at least two instances of churches burning the Harry Potter books. At various times, there have been burnings of the Bible, the Qur'an and other religious literature. In the 1930's, the Nazis had a list of over 4,000 books to be burned. It would appear that book burning is the national pastime of those who do not want people to think. Thinking is only dangerous if you believe that intelligent thought will lead people to reject the lies you are trying to feed them.

 

I have read Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. It showed me why we had to defeat the Nazis. I have read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. It showed me why I would never be a Communist. I have read the Qur'an, Bhagavad Gita and many other works. As a child, I studied Greek mythology. They all led me to follow the teachings of Jesus. Contrary to what many think, using your brain is not a bad thing.

 

So in answer to your question, I would never participate in a book burning, no matter who was sponsoring it. I really don't trust groups who like to burn stuff. One Inquisition was quite enough.

Best always
Brother Ron