“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Fox News has reported that Senators consider Hamid Karzai's request to condemn Koran burning amid protests in Afghanistan. “U.S. lawmakers said Sunday they would consider a request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally condemn a Florida pastor's decision to burn the Koran, after the act triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan.”
“The protests entered their third day Sunday as demonstrators battled police in the southern city of Kandahar and, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, blocked a highway and burned an effigy of President Obama.”
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repudiated Pastor Terry Jones for touching off the chaos with what he called a "publicity stunt." Jones had earlier threatened to burn the Koran, but then shelved the plan until last month. The burning attracted little U.S. attention at the time but was used as a rallying cry in Afghanistan.”
"This was an effort to get some publicity for him. He got it. But in the process, 10-20 people have been killed," Reid said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
“Asked whether Congress could pass a resolution condemning it, he said, "We'll take a look at this."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., suggested Congress should condemn the burning, but also stressed that one pastor's actions should not excuse the subsequent killings.”
"Burning a Koran is a terrible thing, but it doesn't justify killing someone. Burning a Bible would be a terrible thing, but it wouldn't justify murder," he said. "But having said that, any time we can push back here in America against actions like this that put our troops at risk, we ought to do it."
“Obama had a similar message, saying in a written statement that Jones' actions marked "an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry," but that the violence must stop.”
"To attack and kill innocent people in response is outrageous, and an affront to human decency and dignity," Obama said
Well, how about passing a resolution against the Westboro Baptist Church for protesting at military funerals or burning an American Flag? They can’t do that as it’s been decided by the Supreme Court that this is “free speech”. How about the beheading of Christian Missionaries for bringing a Bible into Afghanistan or burning the Bibles? Oh no, this is acceptable for after all it’s the Muslims doing it in their land and we have to respect their culture and values. Well how about the Muslims respecting out culture and values. Aren’t we the ones dying for their so called freedom?
In 2009 the United States military burned bibles that had been sent to soldiers in Afghanistan. The military stated they have a policy that unsolicited religious materials are not allowed to be sent or distributed by military personnel. Central Command General Order No. 1 specifically forbids “proselytizing of any faith, religion or practice” and is to be strongly enforced in sectors which are predominantly Muslim, for fear such material distribution will be taken as an attempt on behalf of the U.S. to proselytize and convert the local people. If such actions were perceived in this manner, the military says it could jeopardize the safety of their mission and cause possible harm to come to the soldiers on base as well as the local Muslims who might show interest in another religion.
Time Magazine world editor Bobby Ghosh told host Chuck Todd on Friday. According to him, the Koran is directly from God, while the Bible isn’t.
GHOSH: The thing to keep in mind that`s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not — it is not the same as the Bible to Christians.
The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It`s the story of Jesus.
GHOSH: But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you`re a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God.
That makes it sacred in a way that it`s hard to understand if you’re not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more — potentially much, much more inflammatory than –
TODD: Directly attacking — directly attacking God.
I guess its okay to burn bibles, but not the Koran. After all the Bible was written by man, but the Koran was written by God.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights. The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress.
I have no truck with Pastor Jones and I think his actions were stupid and ill advised, but his Koran burning has shed the light of truth on who the Muslims really are and the type of law and governance they would bring to a people if they get the power.
Una Moore, a self-proclaimed UN worker writes in her blog. “Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today’s attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff. But it was different than previous fatal attacks. Very different. The killers were ordinary residents of a city deemed peaceful enough to be one of the first places transferred to the control of Afghan security forces. The men who broke into the UN compound, set fires and killed eight people weren’t Taliban, or henchmen of a brutal warlord, or members of a criminal gang. They weren’t even armed when the protests began –they took weapons from the UN guards who were their first victims.”
“Foreigners committed to assisting in the rebuilding of Afghanistan have long accepted the possibility that they might die at the hands of warring parties, but this degree of violence from ordinary citizens is not something most of us factored into our decision to work here.”
“Tonight, the governor of Balkh province (of which Mazar-i-Sharif is the capital) is telling the international media that the men who sacked the UN compound were Taliban infiltrators. That’s rubbish. Local clerics drove around the city with megaphones yesterday, calling residents to protest the actions of a small group of attention-seeking, bigoted Americans. Then, during today’s protest, someone announced that not just one, but hundreds of Korans had been burned in America. A throng of enraged men rushed the gates of the UN compound, determined to draw blood. Had the attackers been gunmen, they would likely have been killed before they could breach the compound.”
“I was sharing a meal with aid worker friends when I heard the news. Phones began buzzing. Security officers were demanding that my friends return to their compounds immediately. Cars had already been sent to retrieve them. Lockdown was in effect.”
“This is not the beginning of the end for the international community in Afghanistan. This is the end. Terry Jones and others will continue to pull anti-Islam stunts and opportunistic extremists here will use those actions to incite attacks against foreigners. Unless we, the internationals, want our guards to fire on unarmed protesters from now on, the day has come for us to leave Afghanistan.”
While Una Moore is no doubt a bone-headed, do-gooder liberal she got one thing right. It is time for the US to leave the hatemongering Muslim morass of Afghanistan as well.
Tragically, the same immoral equivalence is evident in this statement by our own General Petraeus. “In view of the events of recent days, we feel it is important on behalf of ISAF and NATO members in Afghanistan to reiterate our condemnation of any disrespect to the Holy Quran and the Muslim faith. We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Quran. We also offer condolences to the families of all those injured and killed in violence which occurred in the wake of the burning of the Holy Quran. We further hope the Afghan people understand that the actions of a small number of individuals, who have been extremely disrespectful to the Holy Quran, are not representative of any of the countries of the international community who are in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people.”
What a disgraceful statement that entirely ignores condemnation first and foremost of the fanatical Afghan Muslim murderers. Petraeus' utterance is further proof that we need new military leadership which understands the jihadist enemy and its threat doctrine so that more brave American soldiers are not sacrificed on the altar of insane, morally bankrupt dhimmi "social work," masquerading as military strategy.
I used to believe that the fight in Afghanistan meant something to America. We were destroying the Taliban and their support of al-Qaeda. That was then. Now we are fighting a resurgence of a Taliban based in Pakistan and “nation building” in Afghanistan. Most of al-Qaeda has moved to their new bases in Yemen. All we are doing is wasting our treasure and the blood of our soldiers and Marines on a corrupt, barbaric 6th century collection of tribes, who don’t give a damn about us.
I am tired of hearing about the rights of Afghan women and their plight under Sharia Law. How about the plight of our female soldiers now being “advised” to wear the hijab in lieu of the protective Kevlar headgear?
It’s time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans and bring our troops home before more are killed fighting for a ungrateful bunch of savages.