[Photo probably of a mob of Floridian Christians burning Qur'ans.]
John Feeny, "World Outreach Center Denied Permit - Will Burn the Quran Anyway." Gather.com. August 19, 2010
I have a stack of Qur'ans, none of which I'm going to burn. I use them for reference. If I find a copy of a translation I have, then I might well burn it just for fun. Or maybe I'll cash it in for some money to donate to Pakistan flood relief. Who'll start bidding at one dollar?
The Dove World Outreach Center, a Church in Gainseville, Florida, is planning to burn as many Qurans as they can find on September 11th of this year. The city of Gainseville has denied them a fire permit, but the Dove World Outreach Center will go ahead with their plans anyways.
[Photo probably of the Pope.]
The City of Gainseville says that an open burning of books is not allowed. It does not matter what book is being burned. But that isn't going to stop the Dove World Outreach Center.
The Dove Center released this statement in an email. “City of Gainesville denies burn permit -- BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS.”
Did anyone expect a simple permit violation to stop the Dove World Outreach Center from burning Qurans on September 11th, this year? A group that far on the fringe isn't going to let a little city ordinance stand in the way of the "greater good."
According to the Gainseville Sun, the Dove World Outreach Center will be fined if they go ahead with the burning.
[Photo probably of a board of international capitalist fat cat Christians.]
Mayor Craig Lowe, called the Dove Center a “tiny fringe group and an embarrassment to our community.”
Addenda, thanks to Blazing Catfur.
Now, the Christians are outrageous in their Qur'an burning, but it doesn't stop there: they also tossed a marijuana-tee-shirt wearing guy from an amusement park in Montreal.
Montreal's La Ronde amusement park is defending a security guard who ordered a man to cover up his T-shirt depicting Bob Marley and marijuana because it violated the facility's family-friendly dress code.It doesn't stop there, though. There is some justice:
The T-shirt owner, Brunaud Moïse, said he is filing a complaint with Quebec's Human Rights Commission against the amusement park, alleging he was a victim of racial profiling on Aug. 6.
It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.
So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.
Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.
Turns out that kids' lemonade stands -- those constants of summertime -- are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.
But then, as soon as we turn our backs and think the world is safe from the terrors of lemonade stands, we find injustice leaping on our backs outrageously again to a point it's unbearable: Polish refugees in Canada are stopped from using "agricultural land" to promote "freedom."
For 10 years, libertarian activist and scholar Peter Jaworski has thrown an annual summer seminar and party on the Clarington, Ontario property owned by his parents, Marta and Lech. The Liberty Summer Seminar typically features speeches from libertarian activists and scholars followed by live music and food. This year Peter's parents, who fled to Canada from communist Poland in the 1980s, face a $50,000 fine for violating local zoning laws.
Peter Jaworski said the local health department called him a few days before the event and he thought he had addressed its concerns over food being served — he decided to cater — and the three portable toilets on site.
But the couple received a summons to provincial court on Sept. 28 on a charge of using land in an agricultural zone “for a commercial conference centre” contrary to a Clarington bylaw.
But the worst is that the government won't arrest people because they're "disabled." Yup, you can't even get arrested. What an outrage.
According to CTV news: 11 people were taken into custody. Two were released shortly afterwards while the remaining activists remained in custody overnight."A small group of OCAP members forced their way into the offices and refused to leave," police said in a news release. Nine people between the ages of 23 and 64 were arrested and charged with mischief interfering with property and forcible entry.
Now you'd normally think most people would be happy about not having to spend the night in jail. But not Ms. Abbott. Rabble reports the following statement from Anne Abbott:"They questioned everybody except me, and I felt they thought I was incapable of giving any valid information. With the examples of the abuse on disabled people during the g20 and my recent experience, it's obvious that ableism is running rampant through the Toronto police."Right. The evil Toronto police are practicing discriminatory "ableism" by not throwing her in jail.
Oh, those Christians. I'm scared. Someone should call the government and have them stopped.