Radical Quran-Burner Pastor Sparks Violent Afghan Protests
September 10, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—The lunatic fundamentalist preacher in Gainesville, Florida has been given a national platform to spread his anti-Muslim hatemongering. And the result of his threats to burn copies of the Quran to make his point that “Islam is of the devil,” is a violent anti-American demonstration in Afghanistan. A large demonstration held in front of a NATO base on Friday, ended with one protester shot dead by German NATO troops, after the base was pelted with rocks.
The Guardian reports that multiple smaller demonstrations broke out in Afghanistan, in response to the threatened Quran burning, after worshipers left their Mosques on the holy day of Eid al-Fitr.
The crowd was estimated at around 10,000 people. Some had hurled stones at a Nato base run by Germans, and the protester was shot when troops inside opened fire, Amin Sohail said.
The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said it was aware of the protests and was investigating.
Demonstrations against the desecration of Islam’s holy book prompted threats of attacks on US bases elsewhere in Afghanistan. Protests were held in Kabul and near the Pakistan border.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai also responded to the deranged threats of the extremist pastor, heading a congregation of only 50 parishioners.
“The Qur’an is in the hearts and minds of all … Muslims, but the affront against the holy book is a humiliation to the people,” said Karzai.
During his news conference today, President Obama condemned religious intolerance, saying “we are not going to be divided by religion, we are not going to be divided by ethnicity, we are all Americans.”