As I've noted below, I think it's wrong for Stanislav Shmulevich to face felony prosecution for stealing and destroying two books from the Pace library.
At the same time, let's have a bit of perspective here: Throwing books in the toilet and defecating on them is a strikingly vulgar and juvenile way of expressing yourself, and would be even if Shmulevich had refrained from theft and vandalism and did this with his own Koran (and cleaned up after himself so as not to jeopardize Pace's plumbing).
That Shmulevich is being mistreated here shouldn't lead us to lose sight of the fact that his actions, even setting aside the theft, are hardly admirable.
Related Posts (on one page):
- A Bit of Perspective on the Use of Feces and Toilets in Protests:
- The Perils of Hate Crime Laws:
- The Shmulevich Case -- Facts and New York Law, as I Can Best Figure Them Out: