Burning, destroying books for any reason is inexcusable. Burning them because of ‘religious beliefs’ is incomprehensible. Recently, in Colorado City Arizona, an old schoolhouse housing stacked boxes of donated books, was the site of a bonfire of containing some of those titles. At first, the organizers of the drive for a library in the area, believed every book was lost. The schoolhouse’s locks had been changed and the windows boarded up so no one could see inside to assess how many books remained. A few days after the incident, large quantities of boxes were found with intact titles. They haven’t a complete count of how many were recovered, but hopes are that a great deal of them still remain.
The community is owned by the LDS religion–or as most of us know them, Mormons. The state of Arizona had seized some of the property within the town due to unrest among the leaders. This does not sit well with the clannish group. They want ‘no outside interference’ which is what the townspeople believe a library would contain.
At one time there was a library within the town, but it is said that the library closed and one man was culpable of eliminating every piece of literature.
“In 2008, ex-FLDS member Stefanie Colgrove began gathering books from all over the country from book lovers who heard about her idea for a library in the FLDS communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City.”
Ms. Colgrove received huge donations from entities such as Barnes and Noble and was horrified to think all the work she and others had done was wiped out in a vicious act.
So, from my personal point of view–I need to ask, why? What are these people of God so afraid of? I was told by a very devout Christian, that if you are strong in your faith, then nothing the world shows you will diminish that faith.
So what does this particular sect of Mormons fear from the written word? If they strongly believe in their faith, why would donations from people all over the country alarm them? Is it really about the books, or more to the point, a power struggle? The state tried to give the schoolhouse to the outside communities within Colorado City, the members of the LDS believe the building is owned by their sect and therefore not the state’s right to give away.
Naturally, there are much more rational ways to go about retaining rights–and I believe the state lost a court case in regard to this issue. That’s where the situation should have started and ended. Burning books as a symbol of autonomy is childlike.
If banning books makes my head explode, burning them sends the pieces of brain matter throughout space! The hypocrisy of any religion who believes in a judgmental God, then committing a crime in the name of that God, is unbelievable. And yet, acts like these and far more destructive ones are carried out on a daily basis in the name of someone’s God. And no one sees the irony.
The only way to defeat small minded, kool-aid drinking, burning books kind of group, is to continuing doing what they dislike the most. And that would be marching on gathering more books for the library that will almost definitely open someday, and to educate those who would rather not be part of such a ignorant sect that they are terrified of the written word if not fed to them from their particular little Hitlers.
Naturally, this is my opinion only, and not reflective of the blog’s owner or other content. I think I heard this on TV at some point, and thought it may be a good thing to add here!
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