Houston residents are up in arms after receiving free Qurans from the Book of Signs Foundation. While free bibles are routinely left at homes and businesses, residents found the Quran to be outrageous. The campaign was an effort of Muslims to help people get a better understanding of them and their religion.
The Foundation has distributed 30,000 free copies of the texts to residents in Houston. One resident appeared typical of the outrage: “If we went into a Muslim country and left a Bible, we would be in prison and then decapitated a few years later,” said Sue Ann Pieri. Hmmmm. Of course, Ms. Pieri is not living in such a country. She is living in a country that prides itself on tolerance and pluralism.
Various Christian groups hand out free bibles without a peep of opposition, like the Bibles for America project.
This is not the first time that free Qurans have been viewed as an insult (while free bibles are welcomed), click here.
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17 thoughts on “Holy Nuisance: Houston Residents Upset with Free Qurans Left on Doorsteps”
i’m a student and i like reading the Quran and so i will like youto help me withs Aziz
Strangely enough, my father thought me 10 religions when I was growing up. When I was older he said that it helped me to see the good in most religions and it made me appreciate my religion that much more. Somehow, knowledge actually enlightened me. Who would have thought?
These people r up to no good. They use education and nowledge to stop igorance, how dare them? But aren’t these them same folks that mary their cousins, exeecute retarded prisoners and elected W as Govner? These people not like any fancy lernin, give em a beer and some ammo – in that order.
1, July 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Don’t tell people what to think.
Why don’t you get us started by being first?
1, July 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm
I didn’t read anything about people wanting this Quoran gifting to be outlawed.
Well, hang tight.
I think the inbred shift comes on at 6:00.
They’re complaining because they quietly left free books on their doorsteps?
Hell, I’d be asking them if they could teach the Jehovah’s Witnesses to do it that way.
Indeed Mespo – if I may hitch-hike on your thought – Not only was no one telling ‘them’ what to think – but rather encouraging them to think in general, and then speak. This has become the exception to the rule and clearly agnostic, politically.
You are certainly correct that there was no “outlawing” of the practice, nor should there be. I guess we can thank the First Amendment and liberals for that. The comments here centered on the attitudes of those who would burn or destroy this book in some gesture of incivility to those Muslims who gave it to them. That jingoistic, belligerent, mind set is the subject of the criticism. No one’s telling anyone what to think, we’re just commenting on their lack of it.
Damn. Group think. I didn’t read anything about people wanting this Quoran gifting to be outlawed. The reality is that this country’s identity is an admixture of Christianity and progress. Islam never made inroads here. People can be justifiably outraged when some foreigh–and in their view militant–religious text is left at their doorstep. Don’t tell people what to think.
[“If we went into a Muslim country and left a Bible, we would be in prison and then decapitated a few years later,” said Sue Ann Pieri.]
Weren’t conservatives complaining about the “moral relavitism” of liberals a few years ago? How we held no absolutes, no true line between good and bad/evil?
We are truly behind the looking glass. I think few liberals would hold that arresting people without judicial review, torture, etc., are all unacceptable. Not sometimes, always. Yet many so-called conservatives are now shouting that anyone who questions their use need merely look at other countries. “At least we’re not as bad as them”. That’s the ultimate question, the ultimate answer.
This isn’t just relativism, it’s a particularly nasty form since there’s no floor — if you have a few bad players they can make everyone as coarse as they want since they’re always willing to be a little nastier than anyone else.
In contrast honest relativism is a choice of evils, e.g., can you justify the use of lethal force (murder) to stop a rape in progress? The theft of property worth millions of dollars? The theft of property worth $10? How do you draw the line. People still accept the acceptance of floors, e.g., murder would never be justifiable for $10.
Reading her comments, I wonder if Piera thinks some books are worth killing for, even in the US.
“99% of the people that don’t have a problem with Qurans being dumped on doorsteps have never read one.”
Well I agree that if your looking at content the Qur’an is second only to Christian Bible in terms of depravity and degradation.
A couple quoted residents doesn’t persuade me “residents are up in arms” about this!
“Tucker, wearing a big-boy tie…”
May i use that line. I am still laughing!
We have only to turn on our TV, radio or other sensory distracting device to understand the type of information that drives this prejudice – that conditions good people to act like imbeciles.
Last night, while watching a TV news info-tainment show – Hardball – it was being hosted by Mike Schmerconish, a frequent head-in-the-little-box guest. As host, he spoke to other head-in-the-little-box guests for a segment. One was Tucker Carlson. Tucker, wearing a big-boy tie, stated as an aside (while Schmerconish slipped into fourth gear without clutching apparently playing beat-the-clock) finished up the segment) with a snicker about the ‘Islamic’ Green of the McCain backdrop in the now week’s old speech.
This type of subtle slander has been mastered by Carlson and his ilk. It reminded me of the brave youngsters that would call 7 foot steamfitters pansies (on a dare) as the subway doors closed and separated them forever – while the younger group waved pathetically at the contorted irate faces of construction workers as the train pulled away.
It seems to me, that we humans, may require someone to hate – as we require Oxygen to breathe. It sure seems that way.
“If we went into a Muslim country and left a Bible, we would be in prison and then decapitated a few years later,” said Sue Ann Pieri.”…”Hmmm”. Hmmm indeed. Would she have prefered Mohammed coins at the security booth before entering her gated “community”?
Furthermore, these people don’t know kindling when it’s given out free. Geesh!!!
99% of the people that don’t have a problem with Qurans being dumped on doorsteps have never read one.
“Of course, Ms. Pieri is not living in such a country. She is living in a country that prides itself on tolerance and pluralism.”
Not to chide our host, but people pride themselves on tolerance and pluralism not countries. I fear than there are increasing numbers of Mrs. Pieri’s out there who have no idea about anything that doesn’t issue from the mouths of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity and their ilk. The values of liberal democracy are lost on this crowd, and they are aggressive in their ignorance.
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