Before I begin, let me point out that I in no way support the destruction of copies of Catcher in the Rye, Alice in Wonderland, and any of the recent reports showing how wrong headed the war on Iraq is, despite the fact that such mass-burning get a lot of cash to publishers.
However, I feel like burning a book. Not because its subject matter enrages me, but because it leads the viewer to a false conclosion, and I don’t want people exposed to this. (yes, I am fully aware the same could be said about the Harry Potter books :mad: ) I paid one dollar for it in a bookstore on the other side of the coast, in Olympia, Washington. I figured it was a good deal. Wrong.
It concerns the military, and homosexuality. Prior to buying it, I opened it at random, and found a perfectly devastating paragraph disarming objections to homosexual rights. Later, I read the book and found that it distinguished between the arguments used against gay rights for civilians, and those for military personnel. This is a very important distinction. However, this still does not overcome the problems with the book.
However, the book came to the conclusion that equal rights ought not to apply to members of the military. In reaching that idea, it ignored the actual effect booting out gay members would have (and has had) on the functionality of a military, and took for granted that it was possible for people to stop being gay. All through reading the book, I keep waiting for it to address certain points, and when it did, it addressed them inadequately.
What I would like to ask people is: Should I go about burning my personal copy of the book, rather then giving it to the book thing of Baltimore , so that it does not fall into the hands of those who would use it for evil? Or should I not burn it? Acid? A shredder? Give it away after all? Are book simply sacred, in and of themselves?
P.S. I tossed the book into a corner of my room. I do not have the title memorized, or here with me now.