Depends on your interpretation of “inanimate object”.
This is John Podhoretz.
The Pod (and has any nickname ever been so appropriate?) sez:
CAN YOU TORTURE A BOOK? [John Podhoretz]
Anybody notice that the debate over American conduct at Gitmo has moved from the question of whether detainees were tortured to the question of whether a book was tortured? Granted, we are talking about a holy book. But it is an inanimate object, no?
Coming from someone who makes Jonah Goldberg look like a Chippendales dancer…well, you can make your own joke.