According to this New York Newsday story, 23-year old Stanislav Shmulevich was arrested for throwing a Koran in the toilet at Pace University. And because of past offenses to Muslims, the University is offering "sensitivity training" to its students.
Think about this:
You can destroy a Bible in America and it's called free speech.
You can cover a statue of the Virgin Mary with feces and urine and display as art and it's called free speech.
You can burn a cross and it's called free speech.
You can march and demonstrate in favor of neo-nazism and it's called free speech.
You can march and demonstrate against our government and it's called free speech.
You can burn literary works of art and it's called free speech.
You can destroy an American flag in America and it's called free speech.
But...you can't destroy a Koran in America because it's considered offensive and hate speech.
Like the other acts aren't offensive or hateful to some group in America? WTF country am I living in? It's either all or nothing? Either you can or you can't, but you can't have both.
Newsday reports Muslims believe the Koran is the direct word of God and "treatment of the Quran is a sensitive issue for Muslims, who view the book as a sacred object and mistreating it as an offense against God."
So friggin what?
This is America and if some idiot wants to desecrate a religious book or icon, they are free to do it so long as they are not infringing on the civil rights of another person. At least that's the way it's supposed to be.
Some people would say that free speech ends at the point where it infringes upon the rights of another human being. And so you have to ask yourself:
Is throwing a Koran in the toilet an act of infringing upon the constitutional or civil rights of any person?
The answer is a resounding no!
All I can say is right now NY sucks!