9.10.2010

A Contest of Ultimate Values

IN THIS CORNER...

On one side, SIDE A, we have a group of people who hold in common an particular value: namely, these are the people who are "offended" in varying degrees if you burn copies of the book they deem most holy. This group includes some Muslims, some Christians, and maybe some Jews, and maybe some people of other faiths.

On the other side, SIDE B, we have a group of people who hold in common a particular value: namely, these are the people who do not believe that it is wrong to burn anything that is a) not a sentient being and b) not their property. And possible c) nothing that emits toxic chemicals. There are probably Muslims, Christians, Jews and everybody else in this category also.

Now, the news is covering this Koran-burning as if it's all about the values of SIDE A. Why is that? Why aren't the values of SIDE B to be respected by those in SIDE A?

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