“International” Burn a Qu’ran Day

by Thursday.

Source (trigger warning for epic fail).

Not going to lie folks, the first thing that came to mind was this. (Side note: if the dear reader has Facebook, we’d appreciate reporting the page for hate speech. You may also want to support this page.)

I was going to write an explanation of why bashing others’ religious beliefs is harmful and unwarranted, especially when religious minorities are already oppressed, but it seems the Bible got there first:

8 The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfil the law.
9 All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
10 Love can cause no harm to your neighbour, and so love is the fulfilment of the Law.
Romans 13

and

28 One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’
29 Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord,
30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.
31 The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’
32 The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true, that he is one and there is no other.
33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.’
34 Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.
Mark 12

Not enough? How about one more:

13 After all, brothers, you were called to be free; do not use your freedom as an opening for self-indulgence, but be servants to one another in love,
14 since the whole of the Law is summarised in the one commandment: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
Galatians 5

Seriously. How could they have missed all that, and more besides? It seems their church is doing some very selective reading comprehension.

And NO, this isn’t about defending ~free speech~. It’s just poorly disguised xenophobia. Doing something deliberately to provoke a reaction from a marginalised group is sheer privilege, nothing else.

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