Burn, baby, burn …

Book burning (also biblioclasm or libricide) is the practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material … Book burning is usually carried out in public, and is generally motivated by moral, religious, or political objections to the material.

Book burning can be emblematic of a harsh and oppressive regime which is seeking to censor or silence an aspect of a nation’s culture. In some cases the works destroyed are irreplaceable and their burning constitutes a severe loss to cultural heritage. Examples include obliteration of the Library of Baghdad, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China’s Qin Dynasty, the destruction of Aztec codices by Itzcoatl, and the Nazi book burnings. Wikipedia.

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Here we have Drs Bridger and Clements from the San Jose State University Meteorology Department showing how its done. I’m unsure whether their motives are moral, religious, or political. The author of the book, Steve Goreham, also had the temerity to publish an article in the Washington Times. I guess the good doctors couldn’t find an argument to match it … so they just found a match.

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