February 19, 2006

Dhimmitude by the Book

A college buddy of mine was in town yesterday and over dinner and some beers, we started talking about the cartoon intifada. His feeling mirrored that of the MSM and GWB -- that is, that Islam is a religion of peace and the rioters are bastardizing the true meaning of the Koran. My feeling was that the rioters were probably more familiar with the Koran than most Westerners with the Old or New Testaments, and that the real problem was they were blindly following it verbatim.

We decided to settle it by heading over to the Concord Pike Borders so my friend could buy himself an actual Koran. I waited for him over in magazines, and when we met back up he told me how at first he and a store clerk couldn't find the Koran. After a minute, the clerk remembered that, "That's right, the Koran's not supposed to be on the floor." And sure enough, the Korans had been moved from where section directory listed them near general Islamic Studies on a bottom shelf to a top shelf that -- perhaps appropriately -- cut the Judiaism section in two.

A couple things. First off, since when is the bottom shelf the floor? Secondly, it's not as if Borders has a general policy towards giving premium placement for all holy books; when I checked out the section myself, King James and NIV Bibles sat happily on bottom shelves (Jewish Bibles were on the middle shelf, right where they were supposed to be according to the section directory). I'm curious about why the preferred placement for Korans? Is this a local policy, or is it nationwide? I've got an email into Borders HQ, will pass it along if I actually hear anything back.

Posted by JakeM at February 19, 2006 08:01 PM | TrackBack

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I went to a talk by a Muslim a while back and his mantra was that we Westerners don't read the Koran in the original Arabic, so we have translation issue so we don't really know what the Koran is really saying and therefore really shouldn't criticize it as leading to violence.

Out of courtesy, I resisted the urge to point out that the people who want to kill us are reading it in the original Arabic.

Posted by: Paul Smith at February 20, 2006 09:18 AM

Perhaps they moved them from the floor because they were in danger of being inadvertantly splashed by urine.

Posted by: G Rex at February 20, 2006 12:19 PM

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