The fear of words is an acquired fear, acquired from those who manipulate and harangue and pull the strings of patriotism and every other ideology gone amok all for causes that serve their own ends and not the truth.
Ed Rodman used to bless by saying, "let there be peace among us, and may we not be the instruments of our own oppression." Fearing words and the books that hold them is a sign that we have begun to be the instruments of our own oppression.
So it is that I was pleased to see today that Frederick Quinn has written a short ob-ed piece for the Salt Lake Tribune on the book burning threatened in Florida. Read Religious harmony starts at the mosque, the chapel, the ward.
He proposes a way out of oppressing ourselves by fear of the other, and of course a way beyond manipulation by the power hungry, the angry and the confused.