Burning books, especially books that are holy to others is an antagonistic thing to do at best. If done en-masse it could certainly incite religious tensions. But should the state arrest people for burning Qurans, as they have just done in the UK?
Cheshire police gave a warning telling people to “think carefully about what they are saying before posting messages online.” They said “although you may believe your message is acceptable, other people may take offence and you could face a large fine or up to two years in prison if your message is deemed to have broken the law.”
Where do we draw the line on free speech? Would we feel comfortable with the state permitting people to desecrate things we ourselves find sacred?
Clarion Project’s David Harris and Elliot Friedland discuss;