No, this man wasn’t arrested in some totalitarian country for throwing a Quran down a toilet, he was charged right here in the USA under bogus hate-crime legislation:
(AP) NEW YORK A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.
The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said.
Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students.
Treatment of the Quran is a sensitive issue for Muslims, who view the book as a sacred object and mistreating it as an offense against God. The religion teaches that the Quran is the direct word of God.
So now hate crimes encompass religious intolerance. Well, religious intolerance against Muslims anyway. Mark Steyn makes the excellent observation over at The Corner that the defendant should have just claimed what he was doing was “art.” After all, it worked for the artist who received grant money to fund his award-winning exhibit featuring Jesus submerged in a glass of his own urine.
There’s a lot of religious intolerance in this country. It’s your right to distain religion. As I noted above, Christianity-bashing is such a blood sport that we aren’t surprised by examples of hatred toward it. But if you can now be charged with a hate-crime for simply throwing a book down a toilet, I will support any action taken by an offended Christian who sees his religion being degraded. Of course, I’d rather just see an end to hate-crime legislation.