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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Burning Together

Well, looks like that asshole in Florida got what he wanted:

Pastor Terry Jones sparked international controversy last year when his Gainesville, Florida, church planned “International Burn a Quran Day” on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Jones’ church did not host a Quran burning on that day, but the Dove World Outreach Center’s website announced an “International Judge the Koran Day” set for last month.

Another post on the site’s blog showed an image of a burning book and read, “The event is over, the Koran was found guilty and a copy was burned inside the building.”

The result:

The deadly protests in northern Afghanistan over a Quran burning spread to the country’s war-torn southern region on Saturday, with provincial government officials reporting at least nine civilians dead and dozens injured.

The violence struck the city of Kandahar when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the torching of Islam’s most sacred book by a U.S. church.

The unrest followed a demonstration on Friday in the northern town of Mazar-e Sharif, in which five demonstrators and seven U.N. employees were killed when an angry throng stormed the U.N. compound there.

This is not a protest gone wrong.  The violence has been deliberately stirred by religious fanatics in the region.  UN Insiders think this could spell the end for the international presence in Afghanistan.  How this will affect US policy has yet to be determined.  The media, to their credit, did not cover the burning, which happens a couple of weeks ago.  They decided not give the attention whore what he craved.

It hardly needs to be said that I think both groups of fanatics deserve each other.  Jones has the great fortune to live in a country that respects free speech and will ensure nothing bad happens to him.  And a region that explodes in violence because of a book burning on the opposite side of the world was simply waiting for a reason.  If hadn’t been the Quran burning, it would have been something else.  But a lot of innocent people are going to get swept up in this.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/02/11 at 01:16 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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