Jesse Foot is being investigated by his employers Cornwall Council for bringing the local authority into disrepute and faces a charge of gross misconduct.Oh? So, what did he do?
He burnt a Bible?!?
Well, no. The headline’s misleading in the extreme – he suggested a Bible should be on a list of books to burn:
Mr Foot came under fire last week for asking library users in Bodmin to list books they would like to burn.It’s interesting that he chose a Bible, as under normal circumstances no-one would turn a hair. Suggest that you burn a Koran, mind you, and he’d be in all sorts of trouble.
The librarian said his intention was to get more people to borrow books, and not using the service was tantamount to burning the building down.
He said he included the Bible in his book-burning display to spark a response from the public (Ed: OK, that's more than enough fire-related language..).
Sadly, it seems that some people have learned from the example of our excitable Muslim friends:
His actions have been criticised by some, including Bodmin rector the Reverend Canon Graham Minors, who accused Mr Foot of being insensitive to Christians.What happened to ‘turn the other cheek’, gents?