Quote of the Day by John Mark Reynolds on Koran Burning Preacher and PZ Myers in The Washington Post’s On Faith Section

image Idiots are not going to disappear in a free society and it is even a sign of our healthy tolerance that they thrive on the margins. Fringe types like the Koran burning preacher in Florida or the Internet atheist PZ Myers (whose pleas for attention includes desecrating religious symbols over the past few years), will keep using their freedom poorly, but that is the cost of freedom. Myers and the Koran burning preacher would probably both agree that I am the idiot for not applauding their courageous stand for "reason" or "revelation."

Part of freedom is having the power to be an idiot and the government not having the power to stop you. Part of being a good person is tolerating as much idiotic behavior as you possibly can. Christianity shows its strength when it puts up with PZ Myers and popular Islam should learn to do the same with the fools in Florida.

MUST READ: On Faith Panelists Blog: Analogy overkill: justice not healing – John Mark Reynolds

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One Response to Quote of the Day by John Mark Reynolds on Koran Burning Preacher and PZ Myers in The Washington Post’s On Faith Section

  1. sal ippolito says:

    I watched Larry King Live as he interviewed Stephen Hawking and his friend. Stephen Hawking has a brilliant mind and has established great ideas in astronomy. But I’m not sure he’s open to religion. He in fact said he has no need of the God hypothesis–apparently he figured out how something can come from nothing (or he thinks he has). He’s a prodigy. But once again, he’s not open to spending time and thought on things other than his immediate interest, which is outer space.

    Regarding the Pastor from Florida, his judgement was incredibly poor. To burn something deemed sacred in another religion is just not something we do. I can only speculate as to what this guy was thinking. He certainly got attention.

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