I normally do not send emails that address current events/issues. However, the decision of a church/pastor in Florida to burn the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 seemed too important. I’m sure you all are concerned about the implications for the perception of Christianity by Muslims and for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world–especially those in predominately Islamic countries like Pakistan–who are sure to become targets of rage.
What this Florida church has planned is NOT Christian. As Christians, we follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves, love our enemy, to do good to those who mistreat us and to bless those who curse us. There is nothing loving about burning the Koran. Please pray.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.