Xavier holding Quran reading on campus Monday, Sept. 13, in response to proposed book burning

September 13, 2010

In an effort to affirm the importance of respecting religious texts, the Xavier community is gathering for an hour today, Monday, Sept. 13, at 11:00 a.m. on the Green Space to symbolically read the Quran. The community is encouraged to stop for a moment and read aloud any verse from the Holy Quran. In the words of Stefan Zweig, an author who was murdered during the Holocaust, “All hardships become lighter if borne in common and all goodness becomes better if practiced in unison.” The event, which is coordinated by the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, is in response to the proposed Quran burning in Florida. Book burning has a very negative place in the history of the world community as a very real example of racism and hatred gone wild.