Ed Driscoll

Pro Tip: Fahrenheit 451 Was Not Meant to be a Documentary

Not a how-to guide.

“Two-thirds of an ‘historic” collection of 80,000 books, purposely destroyed by fire,” as spotted by Steve Green:

“The library owner, Father Ebrahim Surouj, met with Islamic leaders in Tripoli. It became clear the priest had nothing to do with the pamphlet [insulting Islam], and a demonstration that had been planned in protest over the incident was called off,” the source said.

However, Ashraf Rifi, former head of the Internal Security Forces, told AP the attack had nothing to do with a pamphlet and was, in fact, triggered by speculation that Father Surouj had written a study on the internet that insulted Islam.

Click over to see the photo from the incident, which notes:

A man inspects burnt books on January 4, 2014 in north Lebanon’s majority Sunni city of Tripoli a day after a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest was torched after “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books that was insulting to Islam and the prophet Mohammad” said a source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Any excuse to destroy anything not explicitly pro-Islam,” Steve adds. Of course, Muslims aren’t the only religious fanatics burning books for their heretical insights these days. Last year, the folks in the San Jose State University Meteorology Department web page posted this image briefly, until they realized that carbon footprint-obsessed warmists probably shouldn’t been seen burning books out of spite:

To paraphrase my aside in the previous post, curious how similar the destructive actions of radical Islam and the radical left often seem to run parallel, isn’t it?

But why burn books, when you can merely abandon them in place, as Detroit has done with its enormous Mark Twain branch of the city’s library system?


Click screencap to play video at PJTV.

And incidentally, if you are a global warming and carbon-obsessed environmentalist who wants to be responsible for igniting a serious conflagration, you need to start thinking a lot bigger than simply putting a match to a book. Or as the Wall Street Journal asked this week, “Why do Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson lecture us about carbon consumption while plotting trips to space?”