Monday, June 20, 2005

Koran Burning = Hate Crime?

Somebody left a bag of burnt Korans on the front doorstep of the Islamic Center of Blacksburg, Va and the local police are trying to figure out if it qualifies as a hate crime. Commenting about the burnt books, a member of the center said "It is a shame that people are so ignorant." Interesting... I find myself saying the same thing every time I see an American flag get torched.

~Update~

The WaPo coverage is interesting. "It's hard to see a scenario where it would not be bias-related," said CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper regarding the book burning. So, if Koran burning is bias-related, then so is this, right Ibrahim? WaPo closes with:
...in response to the Blacksburg incident, the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement calling on Americans of all faiths to obtain and read the Koran.

Yeah, right. I'll consider it when CAIR issues a statement calling on all Muslims to respect the Stars & Stripes.