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Every burned book enlightens the world

May 27th, 2006

bookburningsmall.jpg“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”

I just couldn’t believe what I read in the news today. A bonfire, fueled by Dan Brown’s books and pirates’ copies of movies based on it, was lit at the Bonifacio Shrine at a prayer rally organized by youth and religious groups calling Dan Brown’s work a sin against Christianity. The book burning rally, initiated by members of the St. James Parish in Ayala, Alabang, drew about 500 people, mostly students, from schools and universities in Manila.

The group said it was meant to dramatize their sentiment against the book and the movie. The Book Burning movement was an idea and lead by an Ateneo Alumnus, Jesse Paredes. Manila Mayor Lito Atienza embraced the idea and agreed to hold the prayer rally in the city. “God is big in Manila,” Paredes said.

Whats going on with our country today? We’ve got a government that can lie barefacedly and eliminates opposition by illegal arrests, kidnapping, abduction and liquidation, now we’ve got an ignorant citizenry who wants to resurrect and perchance institutionalize a NAZI practice of book burning. And they’re doing it in the name of God!

To translate the German phrase above by Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor in 1821, it means, “Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heaven forbid!

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  1. June 3rd, 2006 at 21:52 | #1

    hi, sam! the Philippine scenarios are becoming weirder and weirder each day…

  2. June 4th, 2006 at 16:13 | #2

    There is no Spoon bing, there is no spoon.

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