Saturday 21 January 2017

'Holy' books are a burning issue

Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00

Kevin James O'Mahony (Letters, September 13) says that "anyone who is ignorant enough to burn a Bible or a Koran should not escape criminal prosecution".

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While I agree that such an act would be a needlessly insensitive way of making a protest, I cannot agree that it should constitute a criminal offence.

If I choose to buy a copy of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' and burn it outside Eason's on O'Connell Street in protest at the underage occultist tendencies of JK Rowling's titular hero, I am entitled to do so.

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