Saturday, May 21, 2005

Amazon.com's Koran Desecration Problem

Daniel Pipes describes an incident in which a Muslim woman ordered a used copy of the Koran through Amazon.com and found "Death to Muslims" written on one of the pages. Amazon has responded by suspending the third-party used-book vendor from selling Korans through Amazon. The third-party, Bellwether Books, has promised to fire anyone who defaces the Koran.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is unmoved. They want Amazon to publicly condemn such desecration of a sacred text with hateful speech targeting Muslims, terminate relations with Bellwether Book, and support and fund educational programs that foster religious tolerance (perhaps organizations such as ... MPAC?)

Comparison with the Catholic response to the sale of the Eucharist on eBay is instructive.
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