Afghan protesters in Jalalabad shout slogans in a Friday demonstration against a pastor's plan to burn the Quran.A couple of days ago I remarked that Muslims around the world — and particularly, for some unknown reason, in Afghanistan — were working to prove the Neocrusaders correct when they claim that Islam is an inherently violent religion. Well, they’ve managed the amazing feat of continuing to be juvenile imbeciles about the whole matter, and have continued to riot over it. Reuters reports on the continuing protests (WebCite cached article):

Demonstrators took to Afghanistan’s streets for a third day on Sunday to protest against a U.S. preacher’s plan to burn copies of the Koran even though he has since withdrawn the threat.

Chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Christians”, demonstrators clashed with Afghan security forces in Logar province, south of the capital Kabul. …

Three demonstrators were wounded, one seriously, when Afghan security forces opened fire on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters marching to Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province, said Din Mohammad Darwish, the provincial governor’s spokesman.

The protesters threatened to attack foreign military bases. There are almost 150,000 foreign troops fighting a growing Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

“The governor must give us an assurance that the church is not going to burn the Koran, otherwise we will attack foreign troop bases in our thousands,” protester Mohammad Yahya said.

I have no idea how the governor of Lugar province in Afghanistan is supposed to be able to prevent some idiotic schmuck in Florida from burning the Qur’an … but then again, I’m just a cold-hearted, cynical, God-hating, agnostic heathen, not an immature religionist screwball who lives in a Third World hut. I guess it’s just too much to expect of me to understand something that profound; I’ll have to remain ignorant and simple-minded, where such important things are concerned.

So in addition to one person dying over a Qur’an that hasn’t burned yet, two more have died over a Qur’an that never was burned after all. Someday humanity will grow up and begin to make sense … but not, it seems, any time soon. Sigh. Has anyone in the Muslim world figured out, yet, that events like this are only serving to make the Neocrusaders feel they’re right? Hmm? Maybe?

Photo credit: CNN (cached).

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