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[–]Healyhatman 4627 points4628 points 2 (126 children)

Imagine being so proud of being so ignorant

[–]ADarwinAward 1248 points1249 points  (60 children)

The pastor is a Q believer too. Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

[–]veerKg_CSS_Geologist 370 points371 points  (19 children)

I thought this was an old pic from the 2000s or something. Am kinda shocked to learn it was just this past week.

[–]never_graduating 350 points351 points  (11 children)

2000s is still waaaay too recent for a book burning. This is crazy.

[–]Rtg327gej 5925 points5926 points 22 (150 children)

Can’t burn an ebook.

[–]bleckers 1978 points1979 points 22 (39 children)

Fire - exclamation mark - fire - exclamation mark - help me - exclamation mark. 123 Cavendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Maurice Moss.

[–]Key_Worth 192 points193 points  (0 children)

And send. ❤️

[–]matts1900 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I'll just put this over here, with the rest of the fire.

[–]quasinilpotent 345 points346 points  (11 children)

Not with that attitude


[–]rainiac 12.9k points12.9k points 101232& 6 more (558 children)

“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen”-Heinrich Heine 1823.

(Where they burn books they will in the end also burn people).

The inscription on Bebelplatz in Berlin, where the Nazis burned 20,000 books 91 years ago.

[–]heyo_throw_awayo 6159 points6160 points 23 (176 children)

"It tells me that goose-stepping MORONS like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them!"

-Dr. Henry Jones Sr.

[–]jaderemedy 2710 points2711 points  (138 children)

Since my childhood, I've always associated book burning as something that Nazis, fascists and authoritarians do, all because of that movie.

[–]theoatmealarsonist 852 points853 points  (26 children)

As you should, as they're the only people dumb enough to do it

[–]antipho 160 points161 points  (12 children)

"it tellsh me that goosh-stepping MORONS like yourshelf should try reading booksh inshtead of burning them!"

[–]TheNimbrod[🍰] 510 points511 points  (70 children)

Also his books were burned on that day.

[–]purple_spikey_dragon 1935 points1936 points 2 (230 children)

As someone with family who did perish in the holocaust, if there is one lesson i have to keep from my great grandfather is: "when there's doubt there is no doubt - get out" if they had waited one year longer my family wouldn't exist.

Dont wait for another Kristalnacht, learn to see the signs and react to them. book burning isnt shocking, its a clear warning.

[–]waltwalt 535 points536 points  (139 children)

The problem I see here is that if all the good people get out, there's only going to be book burning fascist scum left running the biggest military in the world.

[–]purple_spikey_dragon 390 points391 points  (43 children)

Well maybe so, but if all my people for (my family owned children's toy factory, lots of psychologists and my great grandma was one of the early pant-models in germany) had stayed they would all be dead.

The problem isnt with the good people leaving, its with the neutral people standing by and just marching along instead of resisting the hate calls.

[–]beefstewforyou 353 points354 points  (31 children)

American that left America here,

US citizens that left are still allowed to vote by mail.

[–]Jaudark 286 points287 points  (2 children)

Seeing as what the last election rhetoric was, I'm inclined to think it's not something to be counted on.

[–]GlideStrife 37 points38 points  (0 children)

not something to be counted

Got em'.

[–]_zenith 60 points61 points  (7 children)

They'd probably revoke that

[–]ACrazyDog 19 points20 points  (4 children)

A week ago in PA, the (Republican packed) court threw out the expanded mail in voting laws that allowed over 2million people in PA to vote by mail in 2020.


[–]Nistune 78 points79 points  (6 children)

The problem also is, unlike back them, most countries have strict immigration laws so you can't just pack up and go.

[–]asianj1m[S] 6838 points6839 points  (1098 children)

Edit: the gentleman in the photo reached out saying a. He never expected to end up on Reddit and b. He was a counter protester tossing the Bible. Afterwards, he watched Harry Potter across the street with other counter protesters



[–]EatTacosDaily 13.1k points13.1k points 442& 2 more (938 children)

It must be a small scary world if you think Harry Potter is going to screw up children. I feel bad for these people. The educational system failed them and they want to wish that on everyone else by staying in the dark ages. Shameful

[–]WeNeedToTalkAboutMe 3772 points3773 points 2 (375 children)

This is Greg Locke, a right-of-far-right ultraconservative independent "Baptist" preacher whose Alma Maters are considered 'KJV-only, complementarian, dispensationalist, science-denying, and affirming of eternal conscious torment' schools.

So yeah, it's bad, but he's a wingnut, so it's not surprising.

[–]Wretschko 2380 points2381 points  (249 children)

Locke is a real POS.

His long-suffering wife had to put up with him cheating on her for years amidst allegations of abuse and the last straw was when she found out he was banging his church secretary, who happened to be her best friend. And yet he tried to smear her by claiming that HE was the aggrieved party in their divorce case.

Last I recall, he married the secretary.

[–]ljg1986 401 points402 points  (15 children)

Lol, I was going to ask what kind scandal was going to come to light and only took reading the first few comments to find out. These types are always hiding something. It's like they're running from something inside themselves.

[–]moby323 267 points268 points  (3 children)

They became preachers because of the power and influence. Each of these wacko churches is its own little cult. That kind of person usually sucks.

[–]hardcoredore 1370 points1371 points  (194 children)

He absolutely did. I went to High School with this shit-bird, & knew a lot of people who stopped going to church there when all of that came out. He was a weirdo in High School, & he hasn't changed a bit.

I'm not Religious, as I was raised Church of Christ. I got beat over the head with it so much as a kid, I just can't deal with it anymore. I consider myself Spiritual. That's about it.

[–]coglanuk 387 points388 points  (112 children)

Do you think the signs were there during school? This sort of progression fascinates me. Did the lunacy evolve or was it always there etc

What did it say in the year book? “Most likely to burn popular children’s stories?” /s

[–]hardcoredore 567 points568 points  (104 children)

We didn't hang out in the same Social Circles. He definitely wasn't popular tho. I mostly just remember everyone clowning him because he performed a Vanilla Ice song in the Talent Show one year. Everyone called him Vanilla Ice for YEARS after that too! 😜

[–]Rip9150 900 points901 points  (14 children)

Him dancing as Robert Van Winkle was his Hitler Art School moment. YOU guys created this monster, all you had to do was compliment his hard work. /s

[–]mrs_peep 67 points68 points  (4 children)

All joking aside, what kind of fucked-up stuff must have happened to turn a dude into that? Not suggesting it was to do with OP’s school

[–]yersiniaD 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Maybe he was told he would be tortured forever, conscious, for normal stuff like puberty and asking questions. Spend your formative years fearful and subject to a not-too-educated authority and naturally a few people will volunteer to become that authority and collect the same fear and subservience from the next generation.

The smart ones, the ones with enough resilience to survive and enough imagination to believe in a better life? They leave

[–]andreisimo 53 points54 points  (1 child)

You wouldn’t check out his hook. Then his DJ refused to revolve it. Last straw was when your mother ghosted him after he sent word to her. Now? He’s cooking books like a pound of bacon.

[–]newbrevity 267 points268 points  (54 children)

This is gold. So all we need to do is blast vanilla ice at his rallies and blow up his twitter feed.

[–]hatredy 100 points101 points  (7 children)

1 problem he's been banned from Twitter lol

[–]coglanuk 100 points101 points  (10 children)

The first album I purchased was Vanilla Ice. I’ve no idea how someone goes from being a fan of a questionable NSF kids rapper to this. I ain’t burning my Harry Potter stuff for no one!

[–]Imanokee 69 points70 points  (38 children)

Ha! As a fellow recovering raised-in-C-of-C, I think we're a bit of a cliche with our revulsion of religion!

[–]thegreatJLP 63 points64 points  (10 children)

I dunno, Southern Baptist give y'all a run for your money

[–]ShutterbugOwl 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Sounds like a church from u/LeavingEdenPodcast ‘s neck of the woods. Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Cult.

[–]dilxoxoxlib 121 points122 points  (32 children)

I understood "science-denying" and King James only, but the rest might as well be jibberish.

[–]blanchasaur 114 points115 points  (6 children)

Complementarian and means that their god made man and woman to have different roles that complement each other. Men are created to be leaders and women were created to be obedient. They believe that when their god's natural order isn't followed people will be miserable. It basically blames women for their own abuse as they get labeled disobedient when they have marital problems.

Dispensationalist is a bit harder to define, but the gist of it is they believe the bible is the literal word of their deity and that according to prophecy Jesus is going to come back and reign over the world from Israel for 1000 years. Their goal is to get pro Israel politicians into office not because of any love for the Jews (they will be destroyed when Christ returns) but because it helps fulfill their prophecies.

[–]deadlybydsgn 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Dispensationalist is a bit harder to define, but the gist of it is they believe the bible is the literal word of their deity and that according to prophecy Jesus is going to come back and reign over the world from Israel for 1000 years. Their goal is to get pro Israel politicians into office not because of any love for the Jews (they will be destroyed when Christ returns) but because it helps fulfill their prophecies.

Your explanation is more of a summary/endgame take, IMO, but it's not far off. While my exposure to it during my upbringing would have contested your point about not loving Jews, the events of the past 20 years have me thinking otherwise.

I would say the actual belief is that God has worked or related to humanity in several distinct ways in several distinct periods of human history. It's basically their framework for how they understand God's behavior as described in scripture, and how to reckon that with where humanity is going. Here's a description I found that would line up closer to how they would describe themselves:

Dispensationalists understand the Bible to be organized into seven dispensations: Innocence (Genesis 1:1—3:7), Conscience (Genesis 3:8—8:22), Human Government (Genesis 9:1—11:32), Promise (Genesis 12:1—Exodus 19:25), Law (Exodus 20:1—Acts 2:4), Grace (Acts 2:4—Revelation 20:3), and the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:4–6). Again, these dispensations are not paths to salvation, but manners in which God relates to man. Each dispensation includes a recognizable pattern of how God worked with people living in the dispensation. That pattern is 1) a responsibility, 2) a failure, 3) a judgment, and 4) grace to move on.

What I'm not sure of off hand is whether groups like Dominionists would adhere to Dispensationalism or not. Either way, politically speaking, most of these views are in the categories of Fundamentalism and older school Evangelicalism that have been largely co-opted by the Republican party.

[–]blanchasaur 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I don't think being a Dispensationalist is required to be a Dominionist, but like Calvinism there is a great deal of overlap in the types of authoritarians it attracts.

[–]StrategicWindSock 57 points58 points  (8 children)

Complementarian means that women are to be subservient complements to their husbands. The dispensation part means they interpret the Bible literally.

[–]TheMasked336 125 points126 points  (14 children)

The worst part is that they procreated.

[–]btribble 114 points115 points  (11 children)

They actively destroyed the public education system in the US.

What do you mean "it failed them"?

[–]desconectado 217 points218 points  (256 children)

Wait, Harry Potter was banned? Jesus... I thought this was only common in autoritharian countries. I hope this is an isolated case in a backward town.

[–]adams215 361 points362 points  (115 children)

A lot of Christians in America have hated Harry Potter since the series came out. I grew up in the rural south and a decent number of friends and acquaintances never got into the series as kids not because they weren’t interested, but because they just weren’t allowed to by their parents. It was supposedly “devil worship”.

[–]beatfried 89 points90 points  (34 children)

AFAIK theres many christians who think "magic" is satanic.

I personally knew people who wouldn't let their kids watch listen to Bibi Blocksberg because of this.

[–]Wildweed 80 points81 points  (8 children)

They also did "1984" a classic by any measure.

[–]shavenyakfl 112 points113 points  (11 children)

Religion has fucked people up. My dumb sister loves some church. She wouldn't let her kids watch Scooby Doo when they were growing up. You know...monsters and demons. They also never trick or treated, except for church Halloween sanctioned events. Yeah, Harry Potter was out. Religion is a hell of a drug!!

[–]Whitehatdvl 137 points138 points  (5 children)

Kinda funny since the point of Scooby doo is that all the monsters and demons are fake and usually for crimes being perpetrated by a person trying to get revenge or make money by tricking others.

[–]hardcoredore 703 points704 points  (22 children)

Unfortunately, I went to High School with this shit-bird (Greg Locke). He's LOVES ATTENTION, & will do anything he can that's newsworthy (Even though he CLAIMS to hate The Liberal News Media). Most likely, he saw the outrage about the banning of books, & decided to turn up the dial on the Outrage Machine.

He's made the National News a TON OF TIMES for various antics. One that comes to mind was NOT ALLOWING MASKS inside his church during the very early days of the pandemic. 🙄

[–]Dr_SnM 219 points220 points  (4 children)

If you see him at a reunion can tell him I think he's a real dick

[–]Decepticum 227 points228 points  (9 children)

Hijacking your source to point out some other incidents (US only) in the 21st century:

  1. Harry Potter books, 2006, several incidents and cities
  2. Prospero's books inventory, 2007, Kansas City
  3. Bagram Bibles, 2009, Afghanistan (although by the US Military)
  4. Qur'an, 2010-2011, various cities
  5. Operation Dark Heart, 2010, Pentagon
  6. Theology Library, 2017, North Carolina

Full list at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List\_of\_book-burning\_incidents#21st\_century

As u/rainiac cited Heinrich Heine (1823):

“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen”-Heinrich Heine 1823. (Where they burn books they will in the end also burn people).

The inscription on Bebelplatz in Berlin, where the Nazis burned 20,000 books 91 years ago.

[–]Roflkopt3r 71 points72 points  (3 children)

The Prospero incident notably goes the other way. They burnt books to create attention for books:

the proprietors of Prospero's books (...) publicly burned a portion of their inventory to protest what they perceived as society's increasing indifference to the printed word.

[–]Decepticum 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Important remark, thank you!

[–]FaultyGauge 193 points194 points  (31 children)

Is it 2022 or 1933?


When Hitler did this it was referred to as cultural genocide.

Edit: I've got Dire Straits, The Man's Too Strong stuck in my head now lol

'I have legalized robbery

Called it belief

I have run with the money

I have hid like a thief

Rewritten history with armies and my crooks

Invented memories

I did burn all the books'

[–]iledeli 1494 points1495 points  (73 children)


[–]graspedbythehusk 1061 points1062 points  (51 children)

Stop it America, it’s not funny anymore.


[–]sunsinstudios 395 points396 points  (31 children)

United Stupid of America

Edit: I’m American, but like the normal kind

[–]ArtBIT 2644 points2645 points  (137 children)

Fahrenheit 451

[–]TheEliteBrit 801 points802 points  (38 children)

Depressing how many parallels can be drawn between F451 and modern society. Just waiting for the police to deploy robot spider-dogs

[–]BellEnd1980 334 points335 points  (1 child)

[–]Sabz5150 128 points129 points  (0 children)

Glad I wasn't the only one thinking mechanical hound when that happened.

[–]VehementlyApathetic 108 points109 points  (13 children)

Boston Robotics Dynamics has entered the chat

(Not saying their R&D is inherently nefarious... but they have built robot spider-dogs)

[–]ottermaster 58 points59 points  (7 children)

Well they’re already using the robo dogs to patrol the us mexico border, and at a weapons convention they strapped a big as precision rifle to the top of one. I’m just saying. Those cute videos of them falling over and what not were just marketing to make them seem like a nice company all while being basically funded by “defense” contractors.

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 260 points261 points 2 (16 children)

The thing about Fahrenheit 451 that most people forget is that, it's not the government that institutes the book burning policy, it's the people.

In the novel, they don't want to be challenged by thoughts or confronted by ideas that make them uncomfortable and would rather just sit and be comforted by mass media that tells them that they're always right and distracts them from the real problems that they are facing.

TL;DR: Ray Bradbury predicted everything from the 24 hour news cycle to reality TV.

[–]Rovden 54 points55 points  (9 children)

I'm definitely biased. I read it every couple of years since I was a kid, and always seem to find something new.

People are worried about 1984 but Fahrenheit 451 I find more realistic to exactly what society is doing. Hell, that book often gets banned because "it's about burning books." and the people that support it say it's an important book about censorship when the writer himself said it wasn't about government censorship.

You hate to take a part out of the book because it is the entire point, but

"Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column, winding up at last as a ten- or twelve-line dictionary resume. I exaggerate, of course. The dictionaries were for reference. But many were those whose sole knowledge of Hamlet (you know the title certainly, Montag; it is probably only a faint rumor of a title to you, Mrs. Montag) whose sole knowledge, as I say, of Hamlet was a one-page digest in a book that claimed: now at least you can read all the classics; keep up with your neighbors. Do you see? Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more."

That was always the first step. And not in some grand malicious plan, not some way to control. Everyone says they don't have time to read anymore. And when that comes, they don't understand.

I will say, last "read through" was audiobook. When they were talking about the seashell in the ear buzzing away and I was using a wireless earbud and was one of those "Motherf-" moments.

[–]TomatoManTM 19 points20 points  (6 children)

I THOUGHT I had read f451 many times in my life. I only just found out that all this time I'd been reading a censored version published in the 1960s. Turns out I've never read the actual book.

I am - with fully open eyes - going to burn my censored edition, to make sure it never falls into someone else's hands to masquerade as the real thing. I've already replaced it with a current, uncensored printing, and look forward to reading it for the first time.

[–]FirstReign 719 points720 points  (31 children)

Thats one of the banned books.

[–]JayeKimZ 487 points488 points  (5 children)

You don’t fucking say

[–]MartianRecon 201 points202 points  (7 children)

They didn't burn Mein Kampf though.

[–]gearnut 201 points202 points  (5 children)

They need to ensure they can buy new copies when the pages start to stick together.

[–]JukesIsOk 117 points118 points  (15 children)

The Handmaid’s Tale

[–]buongiorno_baby 134 points135 points  (5 children)

The irony is lost on these people.

[–]WeekndNachos 1153 points1154 points  (39 children)

These same people have an iPhone in their pocket. It’s not even surprising when I see stuff like this anymore. There’s just nothing that we can do for these people, they’re going to keep ruining other peoples lives. Consume and lay waste behind them.

[–]TheVantal 5174 points5175 points  (531 children)

This is horrifying, what is even going on in America these days..

[–]Tedmosby888 1362 points1363 points  (25 children)

The proud to be dumb movement is powerful.

[–]Sprinkle_Puff 785 points786 points  (107 children)

Yes, when we start burning books is the point that society starts unraveling like a snowball.

[–]Azrethoc 401 points402 points  (36 children)

I get what you're saying, but snowballs grow, balls of yarn unravel

[–]Sprinkle_Puff 98 points99 points  (30 children)

Yah, I worded it poorly

[–]denied_eXeal 82 points83 points  (14 children)

I see

Yes, when we start burning books is the point that society starts growing like a yarnball.

[–]mrjake118 48 points49 points  (12 children)

Yes, when we start burning cooks is the point that society starts unyarning like a wonderwall.

[–]lunarlunacy425 460 points461 points  (42 children)

Burning literature is often a sign of deep societal regression, consider the crusades for instance. Amusingly most of the times knowledge art and history have been burned it's because of Christianity

[–]superior_chorizo 165 points166 points  (12 children)

The one solace is that this no longer makes the material inaccessible. You can pretty much find anything you want in electronic format now on the internet.

[–]AlternativeRefuse685 2635 points2636 points  (245 children)

MAGA nuts just fucking up every thing that's all.

[–]The6Courier 1409 points1410 points  (92 children)

The magats are definitely going crazy but the country was fucked since the Reagan era. “Trickle down” economics, cmon. Wages have stagnated for 30 years and many of our most important industries are run by greedy scumbags. And politicians on both sides are just going along with it (except for a handful of them).

[–]abiron17771 568 points569 points  (43 children)

My conspiracy theory (that I have no evidence for) is that people started wising up to the whole “trickle down” grift… so we’ve been thrown this MAGA saga to keep us distracted and fighting.

Trump is the dancing fool while the elite fleece the peons.

[–]tnp636 218 points219 points  (13 children)

It's not a conspiracy in the sense that it's hidden. It's been out in the open for awhile now.

Buffett, the fourth-wealthiest person on earth, told The New York Times in 2006 that the rich had leveraged their wealth and power to secure a favorable tax code: "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning.”

[–]eyekwah2 117 points118 points  (9 children)

I used to not think it would be possible for the rich to become even more rich, and for low and middle class people to actually *want* that to be the case.

Turns out, the more badly you're treated and the more ignorant you are, the more you want to work the earth until your hands bleed. It's fucking insane.

[–]FerrisMcFly 91 points92 points  (3 children)

Its like half the country has Stockholm Syndrome.

[–]Khiva 55 points56 points  (0 children)

They'll die choking of black lung just to own the libs.

[–]stenmarkv 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Not wanting to get rid of exploitation but hoping to become the exploiter. Obviously hard work alone can get you there.

[–]dec1mus 344 points345 points  (15 children)

Even if you're not right and it's not a conspiracy, that absolutely is what's happening.

[–]throwaway_365_365 279 points280 points  (13 children)

People should read up on America's gilded age. When people began to strike and protest for worker's rights in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, politicians and businessmen encouraged divisions between urban and rural voters with the intention to distract.

I believe we are in the midst of a second guilded age. The parallels are uncanny.

[–]bingybunny 112 points113 points  (6 children)

i lived in pittsburgh, robber barons built public pools and libraries at least

this generation of multibillionaires doesn't do shit but squeeze labor and cheat on taxes

[–]Noerknhar 1210 points1211 points  (114 children)

Been there, done that.

Greetings from Germany. You surely have a great future ahead of you.

[–]chapinscott32 321 points322 points  (99 children)

I'm 18. I'm terrified of what my future is going to be. My girlfriend thinks I'm part crazy for saying that this is the bad place and says she doesn't like me saying that I'm considering moving to Canada if things get bad. I hope I'm wrong.

[–]AliceP00per 135 points136 points  (39 children)

Move to the northeast. We’re not religious zealots up here.

[–]Markenbier 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Not good, definitely not good

[–]Duke55 835 points836 points  (42 children)

I'm not he brightest spark. Though this is the dumbest thing i've seen going on for a while..

Well this, and Texas Abortion policy.

[–]zimzilla 227 points228 points  (23 children)

Yeah. Burning books made way more sense before the internet, globalization and print on demand.

As if this keeps anyone from reading these books.

[–]100-58 64 points65 points  (1 child)

It is not about physically destroying those books - it's about the symbolic effect (influencing, inciting and dividing them and us).

[–]Broxigar 365 points366 points  (21 children)

It's fucking 2022 and this shit is still happening. What the fuck.

[–]The_Billy_Dee 109 points110 points  (4 children)

These troglodytes will always try to drag society back to the dark ages. They can slow progress but they will never be able to stop it. We'll drag them by their fucking hair into the future whether they like it or not.

[–]lennybird 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Those commanding this power tend to be intelligent enough to realize all this. But they're just exploiting naive, ignorant, gullible people for their own ends (usually money).

From flat-earthers to anti-vaxxers to drumbeaters of war...

[–]TwoKnot8269 1414 points1415 points  (204 children)

conservatives: GUYs TheE VaCciNe Is bAsiclY The HoloCauSt

also conservatives:

[–]Iamthetophergopher 120 points121 points  (1 child)

They are categorically stupid

[–]Joldroyd 190 points191 points  (5 children)

Imagine expecting any semblence of congruency when it comes to conservatives.

[–]read110 518 points519 points  (37 children)


This is like that old story about the guy that was sitting in a bar and watched the bartender kick out some Nazi Punk kid immediately upon his entering. the kid didn't do anything, didn't say anything, just wanted a drink and the bartender kicked him out because he was a Nazi. That's how things work. you kick them out, you don't wait for them to do things like this. And we just sat around and waited

[–]i-am-egg-tart 80 points81 points  (1 child)

i remember that he spotted some nazi badge the guy was wearing, so the bartender knew that way he was a nazi

[–]Rocktopod 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I think the point was that he didn't wait for him to break anything or start fights. He just kicked him out when it was clear the guy was a nazi.

[–]kryonik 39 points40 points  (2 children)

If you let one Nazi in then next time he brings his friends, then they bring their friends, and the next thing you know you're running a Nazi bar.

[–]Makingit4321 165 points166 points  (5 children)

Looks like it's just at about Fahrenheit 451.

[–]ImmerKurios 877 points878 points  (60 children)

"Wherever they burn books [at the start], in the end they will burn human beings." — Heinrich Heine

Beware my good American friends.

I thought once Drump was gone some normalacy would return.

I truly fear for your safety and well-being.

[–]FirstReign 364 points365 points  (24 children)

He enabled his flock to hate all they wanted, in the name of patriotism. They're convinced that they're doing the right thing.

[–]FeathertheSheepcried 179 points180 points  (16 children)

Fortunately they're also dying.

[–]FirstReign 82 points83 points  (5 children)

Well bleach is tasty

[–]FeathertheSheepcried 32 points33 points  (2 children)

And good for you!

[–]Lagavulin-16 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It's mostly water, and we're mostly water. Therefore.. we are bleach.

[–]janxyz123 180 points181 points  (11 children)

I think it is important to remember Trump as a symptom not a cause. The symptom may be gone (for now) but the people who voted for him are still around.

[–]ImmerKurios 32 points33 points  (1 child)

As I wrote below, you are absolutely right. I did not mean to suggest that Trump was the cause, only to express the very faint hope that with his quadi-departure from the stage, somehow, things would improve more than what they have. His adherents, as you rightly state, are still around in number and with great anger.

[–]Buttafuoco 28 points29 points  (18 children)

Wait this can’t be real

[–]WFMtrollgod 59 points60 points  (12 children)

Jesus freaks have been burning harry potter books for decades. Imagine believing in witchcraft so much that you burn a fiction book with witchcraft elements. They are mentally ill.

[–]grumble_au 27 points28 points  (2 children)

America, are you ok? Blink twice if you need an intervention.

[–]pieandsauce 267 points268 points  (9 children)

Don't need books if ya don't read them

[–]wsfarrell 163 points164 points  (3 children)

Don't need books if ya don't can't read them

[–]TheCamoDude 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Those kids would be very upset if they could read!

[–]wonteatfish 295 points296 points  (8 children)

That’s how fascists work

[–]Ex-Machina1980s 101 points102 points  (9 children)

The guy who instigated it is a pastor, used the term “I ain’t gonna be suiciding myself”, should tell you everything about their IQ

[–]MWBrooks1995 213 points214 points  (52 children)

Really don’t like the sequence of events that begins with: 1) Maus banned in schools in Tennessee.

and is followed by:

2) Burning books in Tennessee.

[–]GitchigumiMiguel74 125 points126 points  (2 children)

Stupid is as stupid does

[–]Ninja_In_Shaddows 19 points20 points  (2 children)

For a moment I thought this was an old picture of Nazis burning books. Turns out I was wrong.

It's not old.

America; do you remember when a certain moustachioed cunt got into power just before the world war? This was one of his tricks.

Old saying time:

  • #1. "Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it."
  • #2. "all it takes for evil to succeed is for good folks to do nothing."
  • #3 "when you rip out a mans tongue, you don't tell the world they are wrong; you tell the world that you fear what they have to say." (If you're right, why fear the books. Why burn them? Show them to everyone, and prove them wrong... if you can.)

Just some observations.

[–]happylittletrees 85 points86 points  (5 children)

Ah, here's the irl Fahrenheit 451. It was only a matter of time.

How depressing. :(

[–]rickk79 1383 points1384 points  (179 children)

Germany 1933, USA 2022.

This is really scary.

[–]LUCK194 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Wait I've seen this one before!

[–]symolan 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Revenge of the illiterates.

While they believe in "guns ain't dangerous, but the people wielding them" that doesn't seem to be the case with books.

Which kinda proves the adage "the pen is mightier than the sword".


[–]Howwasitforyou 437 points438 points  (49 children)

Every time I see some stupid shit comming from America I tell myself that it is the loud minority that makes it look worse that it really is, but I am really starting to think that America is in danger of becoming a nation with more idiots than non idiots.

[–]tougesolo 135 points136 points  (14 children)

We are mostly idiots who don't learn from our mistakes. Keep electing the same type of idiots into power, and continue to scratch our asses wondering why nothings changing.

[–]Sayrbee 14 points15 points  (1 child)

How is the onion still in business? Turn on the news and hear shit like this.

[–]DTFlash 128 points129 points  (2 children)

The people that constantly cry about cancel culture

[–]Street_Peace_8831 13 points14 points  (0 children)

books bad, no pictures, me burn book. /s ————————————————————

“It is the mark of an educated mind, to be able to entertain a thought, without accepting it.”

[–]ruttentuten69 13 points14 points  (1 child)

People who burn books will burn people if they think they can get away with it.

[–]Macinsocks 345 points346 points  (25 children)

I'd pull up and chuck a bunch of Bibles in

[–]YayRideABike 262 points263 points  (2 children)

According to the source linked above, that's what the guy in that photo is doing. Apparently he was a counter protestor.

[–]Checkheck 142 points143 points  (1 child)

also in the link above:

Tyler Salinas took photos of the event, and said there was one counterprotester in attendance. The man threw a book into the fire and claimed it was the Bible while holding up copies of Fahrenheit 451 and On the Origin of Species.

[–]desconectado 46 points47 points  (13 children)

Well... they actually agree the bible should be burnt too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lK-lbjIm1w

[–]NeedsSomeSnare 51 points52 points  (7 children)

The lady at the end laughs "no, no, no" like it couldn't be real because they're the 'good guys'.

[–]BlueBloodLive 177 points178 points  (23 children)

Greg Locke is your typical childish, mentally defunct, dead beat dad "Pastor".

He cheated on his wife with his secretary, who he then married. He's been accused of being abusive to his ex and not paying his share of child support. People still aren't sure what role if any he has in his kids lives.

He regularly gets bent out of shape by "demons and witchcraft." The classic religious fear mongering. He was finally banned from Twitter after years of hate fuelled intolerance and ignorance.

He has burned books before, a guy who dared criticise his had his books burned.

But, surprise, surprise, ol scumbag Greg here regularly rails against cancel culture and how Republicans are the victims every time. Naturally he is a Trump nut, probably a QAnon nut, for sure he's a mental nut that much is undeniable.

It was scheduled to rain that night, clearly a sign from God that he shouldn't burn books.

I encourage anyone near him in Tennesee, to get as many bibles as you can and burn them in front of him while loudly decrying how awful and terrible the bible is. I'd love to see his reaction to that.

[–]Recycleyourtrash 62 points63 points  (10 children)

Lets not answer someone who is burning books, by burning more books. Hes a religious fanatic who is brainwashing susceptible and gullible people. I dont know what we can do to actually stop him and his group, if hes cancelled on all social media. But burning bibles will do no good, and only make everything so much worse.