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Afghans Burned Dozens of Korans During Protest: Off with Their Heads?

posted at 12:34 pm on April 15, 2011 by

People who are religiously devout believe in two types of sin: sins of commission (willfully and knowingly participating in a forbidden act) and sins of omission (failing to do something that can and should be done).

And now there’s a third type, invented earlier this month by Muslims in Afghanistan during their three days of rioiting to protest an obscure Florida pastor’s burning of the Koran. This type of sin, which doesn’t have a formal name, might be called shooting your religion in the foot by going way overboard in your defense of it.

The reference here is not to the protesters’ brutal and senseless murder of twelve innocent U.N. workers who had no relation to Pastor Terry Jones or his actions. In fact, those crimes are blessed by the Koran, which instructs the faithful to “kill the infidels wherever you catch them.”

Rather, the sin committed by the demonstrators was the torching of tens of dozens of copies of the very holy book whose desecration by fire they were protesting. It seems that every shopkeeper throughout the Muslim world keeps a copy of the Koran on the premises—akin, one supposes, to the bible found in every hotel room across America. When the rioters set fire to the shops, they inadvertently barbecued the same number of copies of the Koran.

On Wednesday, the top spiritual leaders in Kandahar province powwowed to address the rich irony. The Christian Science Monitor quotes Maulavi Mohammed Omar, a prominent mullah, as having said:

One person burned the holy Koran in America. This was not good, so we came to speak out and protest, but unfortunately the police fired on us because they did not know what the protest was about. Why did people burn the shops and markets, and the holy Koran? That is not good.

I don’t know if a particular adage is in the Koran, but if not it should be. It’s the adage that states that turnaround is fair play.

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Oh dear. I am really trying hard not to snicker too much at this. That is what you get when you have the rop type get in a rage, burn, and kill at the drop of a hat.

letget on April 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

If these guys had any appreciation for property rights, burning someone elses’ Koran would have to be orders of magnitude more sacrilegious than burning your own.

Count to 10 on April 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Howard, it gets worse. A homocide bomber detonated himself in Indonesia today inside a mosque where police were doing their worship services. Seems the mosque just happened to have Korans in there as well.

I, like many, are awaiting the decapitation of 12 Islamic fundamentalists for each Koran desecrated, by Imams who are outraged at this sacrilege.


Robert17 on April 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

It seems that every shopkeeper throughout the Muslim world keeps a copy of the Koran on the premises—akin, one supposes, to the bible found in every hotel room across America.

The Koran is worth capitalizing, but the Bible isn’t?
Howard, are you AllahPundit?

itsnotaboutme on April 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM

itsnotaboutme: Good question actually. The answer is it has to do with style. There are multiple “bibles,” including the “Holy Bible,” the “Hebrew Scriptures” (aka Old Testament”), as well as multiple versions. The Koran, on the other hand, is a single work. Hence the seemingly incongruous use of initial cap vs. no cap.

Howard Portnoy on April 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM