An Afghan policeman keeps watch as locals inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, Feb. 27, 2012. (Getty)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch as locals inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, Feb. 27, 2012. (Getty)

The people of Afghanistan continue to express their sanctimonious rage over the burnings of some Qur’ans at the Bagram military base. As CBS News reports, nine people were killed at Jalalabad because of it (WebCite cached version):

A suicide car bomber struck early Monday at the gates of Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, killing nine people in an attack insurgents said was revenge for U.S. troops burning Korans. …

The explosion comes after six days of deadly protests in Afghanistan over the disposal of Korans and other Islamic texts in a burn pit last week at a U.S. military base north of the capital. …

More than 30 people have been killed in protests and related attacks since the incident came to light this past Tuesday, including four U.S. soldiers.

As I’ve noted previously, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to this violence and little to no effort is being made by the Afghan government to calm their people. If anything, the government seems to be stoking the fires of protest — at the same time that it mouths acceptance of apologies by the US and has sent police in to break up some protests. What a wonderful crew.

Oh, and to any Christians out there who may be feeling smugly superior to the Afghans because you don’t think your fellow Christians can’t handle blasphemy … guess again. Christians have been known to react badly when they think Jesus is being “dissed,” too, and have threatened people who dare to get in their way. So get off your high horses about it. OK?

Photo credit: Getty photo, via CBS News.

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  • I'm all for passing out religious texts of all types next winter for use in fireplaces and communal campfires all over the Northern Hemisphere. Don't kill anymore trees; just burn the dead trees that have already gone to waste as religious texts. Your Bible or Torah or Koran could make some really cold family warm this winter. 😉

    • I wonder if an effective "protest" of metaphysics-inspired violence might be to take one copy of every sacred book or tome one can get one's hands on, and burn it. Throw them all in a pile, pour on some gasoline, step back and watch them all burn. Then let the shitstorm begin.

      • On second thought, burning is such a waste. We should recycle all the religious texts in the world and use the recycled pulp to make fresh, clean toilet paper; a much more worthy use, I would think.

        • Well … if all religion is bullshit, then I suppose a slurry of chewed sacred texts ought to make a very good fertilizer, too … !

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