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Arizona man arrested for destroying Bible

Arizona man arrested for destroying Bible

Eric Minerault, 22, above, is accused of burning, then urinating on the ‘holy’ book.

Police in Prescott, Arizona, said that Minerault referred to himself as the “dark lord” after his arrest.

According to this report, the young man was arrested on suspicion of “unlawful symbol burning” outside of the Gospel Rescue Mission, said Lt Ken Morley, a Prescott police spokesman.

According to a Prescott police statement, officers were alerted of Minerault’s actions by a representative of the mission, who said a man was burning something on the steps of the mission.

Minerault admitted to burning and urinating on the Bible, Morley said.

Police say when Minerault was being questioned about his intentions, he said he was “cursing the Christians” and then referred to himself as the “dark lord”.

Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center on a Class 1 misdemeanor.

12 responses to “Arizona man arrested for destroying Bible”

  1. Matt Westwood says:

    Come to Britain, comrade, where you can even get away with pissing on the Koran. I know, I’ve done it.

  2. Robster says:

    Shouldn’t this bloke get a big pat on the back for drawing attention to that silly old book full of lies and nastiness poorly disguised as godly love? It should have a compulsory warning on the cover and be made available to over 18’s only and be ‘sold’ only in adult book stores alongside the porn. That would be a good move, keeping it away from kids would reduce its influence a whole lot and would contribute to a better world.

  3. The Vicar says:

    IIRC, the only reason this was taken seriously was because the copy he was trying to burn — and, incidentally, only an idiot tries to both burn AND urinate on something; fire and (mostly-)water? Don’t mix very well — actually belonged to the church, AND he was doing it on church property. He probably could have gotten away with it — at least as far as criminal charges are concerned — if he had brought his own copy and stood off in the street or something. (Of course, he would probably STILL be a minor media circus, because he’s obviously a few cards short of a deck, but he wouldn’t have been arrested.)

  4. Matt Westwood says:

    “he wouldn’t have been arrested” … actually he probably would, police take a dim view of people who void their body wastes anywhere that is not an officially designated receptacle.

  5. The Vicar says:

    Only if they actually caught him doing it — and if he hadn’t been causing a fuss at the church that’s not a sure thing. It would have made for an interesting conversation, though:

    “Hey, kid, what are you doing over here? We had a call… what’s with that book? Is that a lighter?”

    “That’s… uh… the book belongs to my brother. He accidentally left it at, um, the bar.”

    “It’s a bible. Your brother had a bible with him at the bar? Yuck, it’s covered in piss! And it’s still wet!”

    “Yeah, he, uh, accidentally left it in a urinal. I was just trying to dry it out with this lighter…”

    “Kid, the nearest bar is half a mile away. Are you telling me you’ve been carrying this thing… shit, it’s actually still dripping… for half a mile, and you didn’t try to dry it out until now?”

    “It’s… it’s really not so bad once you get used to it, officer.”

    (Then again, if you read some of the reports, it’s pretty clear this guy is more than just a little loopy.So maybe he would have been confrontational instead.)

  6. Brummie says:

    Is it ever acceptable to burn a book in public?
    Many of us are influenced by the appalling Nazi book burning episodes in the 30s. The burning of the only copy of somebody’s book smacks of censorship and in my view could be wrong.
    No book is “holy” or “sacred”. I personally would be delighted to attend a joint book burning of copies of the Bible, Torah, Mein Kamf, The Koran, anything by L.Ron Hubbard and Mao’s Little Red Book. I would however totally defend anyone’s right to own and read the same.

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    I would completely defend the right of any person to burn any book they wanted, as publicly as possible — as long as they have actually bought the damn thing first.

    I would *love* it if thousands of people held parties throughout the world to consign as many copies of my egregious works to the flames as possible — a) the publicity would be delightful, and b) the sales would make me wealthy.

  8. Broga says:

    OT: I read that Rona Fairhead, former chief executive of the Financial Times, will be appointed as chairman of the BBC Trust. Does this offer atheists, agnostics and secularists generally a chance of fair treatment by the BBC. There was no chance with the egregious and devout papal admirer Patten.

    I hope the NSS submits again at an early date the temperate , detailed and convincing submission for a regular secularist contribution to Thought for the Day. This was dismissed without discussion and the statement that TfTD would not change. Let us see whether Rona Fairhead will change the pervasive presence of religion which creeps into so many BBC programmes.

    In view of the majority of people being non religious, or at least indifferent to it, the decline in congregations and the paedophile abuses a generous religious allocation in TfTD would be one day a week (for the moment) for religious contributions and six days for those based on common sense i.e. secularists.

  9. Norman Paterson says:

    Broga – You have fallen into the trap of confusing secularism and atheism.

  10. Broga says:

    @Norman Paterson: I must be more careful.

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    Rona Fathead, of course, came out with an egregious solecism.

    She said she was “under no illusions about the significance and the enormity of the job”.

    Now go and look up the word “enormity”.

    I’m surprised she didn’t say what a meretricious appointment it was.

  12. Matt Westwood says:

    … but I will give her this: she does not *appear* to be a religious nutfruit.