Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.
We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.
Last night in Russia, the INION library burned down.
It’s hard to say “books never die” when libraries house one-of-a-kind rare items that have never been digitized.
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