The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

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.

The rest?

“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.

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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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8 responses to “The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

  1. Rob Keay

    Imagine what these animals will do if they ever get into libraries or museums worth ancient texts and manuscripts.

  2. Ian

    Haj amin al-Husseini (muslim brotherhood) was the grand mufti of Jerusalem and a personal friend of Adolf Hitler, lived in Berlin from 1941-1945. The waffen-SS-handschar division was the most feared (muslim) division of the SS. Now we know why those retarded bastards like book burnings.
    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

  3. gorka

    Who says that islam is the religion of peace?

  4. Mel White

    You may not remember, but here in the USA there have been church group gatherings to burn issues of “Mad” magazine and other titles they’ve deemed “blasphemous.”

  5. Ric Day

    We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.

    We had one – Google was trying to do it (and is still doing it for a small number of academic libraries). But lawyers got in the way, and most of the program was shut down, which IMO is damned near as bad as boring the books.

    We never learn.

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