I can’t even work up the energy to pretend to be surprised by this.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — At least 10 people have been killed and 83 wounded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said on Saturday, on a second day of violent protests over the burning of a Quran by a radical fundamentalist Christian in the United States.
A suicide attack also hit a NATO military base in the capital Kabul, the day after protesters over-ran a U.N. mission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and killed seven foreign staff, in the deadliest attack on the U.N. in Afghanistan.
Yeah, you remember that Pastor who wanted to publicly burn a Qur’an a few months ago? Looks like the damn fool went ahead and did it.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before a Koran was burned at his modest church here on March 20, the pastor Terry Jones held a self-styled mock trial of the holy book in which he presided from the pulpit as judge. The prosecutor was a Christian who had converted from Islam. An imam from Dallas defended the Koran .
Sitting in judgment was a jury of 12 members of Mr. Jones’s church, the Dove World Outreach Center . After listening to arguments from both sides, the jury pronounced the Koran guilty of five “crimes against humanity,” including the promotion of terrorist acts and “the death, rape and torture of people worldwide whose only crime is not being of the Islamic faith.”
Oh course, the Death, Rape and Torture was committed by religious extremists misreading the book. But considering Pastor Jones is fine with playing Judge Roy Bean with a Holy Book that’s not his own, I don’t expect him to split that hair.
Mr. Jones said in an interview with Agence France-Presse on Friday that he was “devastated” by the killings of 12 people in a violent protest in Afghanistan when a mob, enraged by the burning of a Koran by Mr. Jones’s church, attacked the United Nations compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “We don’t feel responsible for that,” he told the news service.
Translation: Just because I called you a cocksucker, I don’t feel responsible for you shoving a broken beer bottle into my friend’s face during the brawl that followed.
In a statement, Mr. Jones demanded that the United States and United Nations take “immediate action” against Muslim nations in retaliation for the deaths. “The time has come to hold Islam accountable,” he said.
He also called on the United Nations to act against “Muslim-dominated countries,” which he said “must alter the laws that govern their countries to allow for individual freedoms and rights, such as the right to worship, free speech and to move freely without fear of being attacked or killed.”
Translation: I feel no responsibility for starting this barfight. And to bring that point home, I am going to hide in the men’s room until the cops break this up.
Let me make this clear, I do not in anyway condone the murders of the UN personal. But the fact is that Pastor Jones performed a provocative act and suddenly gets bent out of shape when he gets a response.
Now, President Obama has come out and condemned both sides in this. And that’s the right thing to do. But it’s not enough. Therefore, let me make a modest proposal.
Take Pastor Jones and his flock. Put them on a bus. Drive them to the nearest military airport. Stick them on a C-17 and fly their asses to Bagram. Give them each a full combat kit, point them to the hills and say “The evil Muslims are that way. Sic em!”.
And when they’re done making lemonade and chocolate sauce in their pants, someone (Preferably who’s on their fifth tour of duty.) should slap Pastor Jones in his face and tell him to stop barbecuing Holy Books.
Once more for the folks in the cheap seats. The problem is not Christian Fundamentalism or Muslim Fundamentalism, it is Fundamentalism. The belief that your God is greater than anyone else’s.
We are all one species and anything that imposes a false separation on us needs to be debunked and mocked.