If some crazy person can dub Sept. 11 as “International Burn the Koran Day,” then this crazy person can dub it “International Read the Koran Day.” Can’t I?
I have a copy and already read it cover to cover about seven years ago. It has some beautiful stuff and some dry and boring stuff just like any religious text I’ve ever picked up. Sure, my copy is the Penguin Classics translation and most purists would say it doesn’t even count, but I plan to read from it again on Saturday anyway.
Maybe my memory fails me – it was years ago – but I don’t recall anything instructing people to crash airliners into tall buildings. I don’t recall anything particularly violent or inciting toward violence in those pages at all, certainly no more so than much to be found in the Old Testament anyway.
Is anyone with me on this? Maybe if enough people in the United States take this approach, we can help the rest of the world forget the crazy idea of that other crazy person.