Koran Burning Fla. Pastor Says He’s Not Responsible for Deaths, Riots
April 2, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)— Lunatic fundamentalist Pastor Terry Jones just can’t help himself. After sparking violent protests, gaining international attention and condemnation last year for threatening to burn the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11, Jones stood down, promising he would never burn a Koran. “Not today, not ever,” Jones told NBC’s Today Show. That was then and this is now. Last month, Jones and his tiny rag-tag congregation in Gainesville, Florida, burned a copy of the Koran after a mock trial finding the Muslim Holy Book guilty of crimes against humanity. Video of the trial and the Koran burning was promptly placed on the church website, but it largely flew under the radar, until this past Friday. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai decided to call attention to Jones’ provocation, and he delivered a speech condemning the Koran burning and called for Jones’ arrest. In response, several mullahs at Friday Prayer services incited the townspeople. The result was deadly. A group of angry Afghan men attacked the United Nations headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif. Twelve people were massacred, including seven U.N. staff members. Some of the victims may have been beheaded. Since then, violent protests spread to Kandahar with more deaths and injuries. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the main culprit, Terry Jones, says he’s not”responsible” for the violence and bloodshed.
The rioting continued through Saturday. Men carrying white Taliban banners chanted “Death to America.”
The New York Times writes:
“Nine people were killed and 81 injured in the disturbances, all from bullet wounds, according to Abdul Qayoum Pakhla, head of the provincial health department. One of the dead was a police officer. Kandahar has long been the heartland of the Taliban insurgency but has been relatively quiet in recent months since a surge of additional American troops arrived here.”
“The protests here came a day after a mob overran the headquarters of the United Nations in Mazar-i-Sharif Friday, killing 12 persons, seven of them international staff. The mob gathered after three mullahs at Friday Prayer urged action in response to the Koran burning by a pastor, Terry Jones, in Florida on March 20.”
The Times also has a report on the so-called mock trial of 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.”’
“Punishment was determined by the results of an online poll. Besides burning, the options included shredding, drowning and facing a firing squad. Mr. Jones, a nondenominational evangelical pastor, said voters had chosen to set fire to the book, according to a video of the proceedings.”
Jones denied responsibility, telling BBC News “they used the Koran burning as an excuse to promote their violent activities.”
What a mess.