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Afghans in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, shout anti-U.S. slogans Friday as they burn tires and block a highway during a protest in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran.In an attempt to prove correct the Neocrusaders’ contention that Islam is a violent and dangerous religion, more riots broke out across Afghanistan over the burning of Qur’ans — which haven’t even taken place yet. USA Today and Reuters report on the latest event which left one person dead (WebCite cached version):

A demonstrator protesting plans to burn copies of the Quran at a Florida church was killed today in northeast Afghanistan as thousands of angry Afghans took to the streets in Kabul and five provinces, Reuters reports.

Reuters says the protester was shot and killed outside a German-run NATO base in northeast Afghanistan and NATO is investigating.

Obviously the Germans needed to be attacked, because the childish lunatic fringe in the US wants some attention. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

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1933 May 10 Berlin book burning, taken from the U.S. National ArchivesThe fires just keep getting hotter … even though they have yet even to be lit! While Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville continues to waffle over whether or not he plans to burn copies of the Qur’an to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, other folks have come out of the woodwork, around the country, stating that they plan to do the same.

First, a congregation that rivals Jones’s for its psychotic nature, the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS, says it will do so; the Christian Science Monitor reports on the latest from these asylum escapees (WebCite cached article):

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., may have “suspended” plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11. But the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says it will burn the Quran. In fact, it already has. …

Although the church burned a Quran in Washington in 2008, it did not get much media attention. On its web site Friday, the church called Pastor Jones in Gainesville a “false prophet … bullied by sissy, intolerant rebels worldwide into cancelling plans to burn that blasphemous idol called the Koran.”

Westboro also declared that it “will burn the Koran and the doomed American flag at 12:00 p.m. on September 11, 2010 at Westboro Baptist Church.”

I blogged about this insane crew a year and a half ago when they came here to Connecticut to spread their vicious hatred. Back then I called them “the Lunatic Church of Hate.” I now believe the same moniker applies to Pastor Jones and his pathetic rabble.

Also, not to be outdone, some crank out in Wyoming plans to match the Westboro Baptist Church stunt, as the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (cached article):

The founder of the Wyoming Tyranny Response Team plans to burn a copy of the Quran on the steps of the State Capitol on Saturday.

Duncan Philp said he will protest the location of a proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City. He also will protest President Barack Obama’s support for the location.

Philp is quite the crank, actually. His group’s Web site is a mixture of zany pseudo-militia fascism and conspiratorialism, and it includes this revealing little screed (cached):

We are compelled to post a list of what we are NOT due to the outrageous claims made by left wing organizations like the Anti-Defamation League aka Amerikan Defecation League, in which the ADL has in the past publicly implied that the TRT holds anti-semitic beliefs and is a front organization for covert militias and right wing fringe organizations. The ADL only gets one chance to get away with a lie and the next time it will cost you Foxman (The ADL Dictator of political correctness). We will drop a dime on the ADL to Aaron Zelman (JPFO Founder) who will in turn will place us in contact with an attorney to discuss civil litigation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, like the ADL is another left wing front group for the Amerikan Communist Party and its founder Morris “Sleaze” Dees has tried his to discredit our proud organization with his own set of lies. Dees even went so far as to accuse one our TRT founders of being anti-semitic, a man by the name of Bob Glass, who is in fact Jewish.

I don’t know about you, but I smell a whiff of “But some of our best friends are Jewish, so we CAN’T be anti-Semitic!” in here. Sorry, but I’m not stupid enough to buy it.

And there’s a third entry in the insanity sweepstakes … a pastor in Springfield TN plans to burn a Qur’an too. WTVF-TV in Nashville TN reports on this nutjob (cached article):

Springfield Pastor Bob Old said his decision to burn the Islamic holy book on September 11 has nothing to do with the agenda of the pastor in Florida or the controversy surrounding the mosque in New York.

He has his own reasons behind the demonstrations and no intentions of backing down.

“My plans for Saturday are to take a copy of the Quran and burn it,” said Old.

He’s planning to go forward with the demonstration on 9/11 to be able to make his point and have it heard.

I do not for one moment believe that Old’s plan has nothing to do with the current controversy. He claims he has other reasons for it:

“To the Muslim church I would say the reason I am doing on Saturday because I believe they worship a false god. They have a false text, a false prophet and a false scripture,” said Old.

He said the other two reasons are to teach Americans about their constitutional rights and to make them better Christians.

First, Pastor Old … let me clue you in: Muslims don’t have any “church.” Only Christians have a “church.” Muslims pray in “mosques” and comprise an ummah. Second, I’m trying to figure how watching a Qur’an burn can educate anyone about the Constitution or magically make them “better Christians,” but … for some strange reason … it’s just not coming to me. Perhaps you could demonstrate the connection, Pastor?

Anyway … it looks like the Neocrusade against Islam in the United States is continuing without letup. A lot of this seems to be predicated on a desire for attention, and a (false) assumption that no one knows that there are folks in the US who dislike Islam. There is no way, however, that anyone could possibly fail to be aware that the Religious Right opposes Islam and wants Muslims gone. This is not a secret which needs to be revealed to a world that has no idea it’s true. The Neocrusade has been underway for several weeks now, and really is no longer news to anyone. At least not to me.

What these people really are, of course, are Christofascists, acting like fascists because they believe they possess a special entitlement to be able to do fascist things. The childishness just rolls on …

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Afghan police fire into the air to disperse mob July 30: Afghan police fire weapons into the air to disperse an angry mob of rioters burning vehicles and chanting 'death to America.' NBC's Jim Maceda reports.I’ve blogged several times recently about Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, and his plans to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by burning Qur’ans. This afternoon he’d announced he’d cancelled his plan — after insisting for weeks that nothing could dissuade him — but tonight waffled on it after complaining he’d been lied to. So the Qur’an burning may proceed as planned, despite the “cancellation.”

But you see, Jones’s childish “on-again, off-again” Christofascist, Qur’an-burning tantrum is only half of the equation here. There would have been no controversy, if not for the fact that many of the world’s Muslims are enraged over this. In fact, some of them responded to Jones’s immaturity, with some immaturity of their own. The AP via Google News reported, a few days ago, on protests over this Qur’an burning … that, curiously enough, hasn’t even happened yet (WebCite cached article):

Hundreds of Afghans railed against the United States and called for President Barack Obama’s death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church’s plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11.

The crowd in Kabul, numbering as many as 500, chanted “Long live Islam” and “Death to America” as they listened to fiery speeches from members of parliament, provincial council deputies, and Islamic clerics who criticized the U.S. and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Some threw rocks when a U.S. military convoy passed, but speakers shouted at them to stop and told police to arrest anyone who disobeyed.

In their childish fury these Afghans have decided that President Obama and the entire US is to blame:

“We know this is not just the decision of a church. It is the decision of the president and the entire United States,” said Abdul Shakoor, an 18-year-old high school student who said he joined the protest after hearing neighborhood gossip about the Quran burning.

Why yes. Of course. Not one thing happens in this country of some 300 million people, without the approval of the President and the unanimous consent of that entire, vast, population. Obviously!

The problem here is not just that Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center are overgrown children who can’t control themselves … so, too, is a large contingent of the world’s Muslim population. (Didn’t we learn this after the riots that followed publication of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons?)

Can we please try to just fucking grow up, people? Is it really too much to ask of grown adults that that act their damned ages, fercryinoutloud?

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Non nobis Domine. Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.I’d been skeptical about Neocrusading pastor Terry Jones’s announcement that he’d called off his plan to burn Qur’ans this September 11. And it turns out I was right to be. Jones is wavering, angry about having been misled. The AP reports via the Torrington Register-Citizen (WebCite cached version):

An anti-Islamic preacher backed off and then threatened to reconsider burning the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, angrily accusing a Muslim leader of lying to him Thursday with a promise to move an Islamic center and mosque away from New York’s ground zero. The imam planning the center denied there was ever such a deal. …

Standing outside his 50-member Pentecostal church, the Dove Outreach Center, alongside Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, Jones said he relented when Musri assured him that the New York mosque will be moved.

Musri, however, said after the news conference that the agreement was only for him and Jones to travel to New York and meet Saturday with the imam overseeing plans to build a mosque near ground zero.

Hours later, Jones said Musri “clearly, clearly lied to us.”

Previously, Jones had claimed that the (supposed) move of the Cordoba Center was exactly the “sign from God” he’d been waiting for to get him to call off his Qur’an-burning. I had also blogged earlier tonight:

What’s going to happen, I wonder, once the insane Pastor Jones discovers that that so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (which isn’t actually at “ground zero” in the first place) isn’t being moved? Will he claim his “sign from God” has been taken away from him by the vile forces of Islam, and burn some Qur’ans after all?

I guess this petulance is the result of just that eventuality.

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Book burning Mural by Jose Chavez Morado, Museo Alhondiga de Granaditas, Guanajuato, MexicoNo sooner did I finish blogging about the sorry history of the Florida Neocrusading pastor who wanted to burn Qur’ans to celebrate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, than he held a press conference to announce he was cancelling. Or is he? This report from ABC News shows that the situation is still very uncertain (WebCite cached article):

A fiery Florida pastor called off his bonfire of Korans today after claiming he has a deal that will move a controversial mosque away from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks, but the Muslim cleric planning the so-called Ground Zero Mosque quickly denied to ABC News that he has agreed to move his project.

Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., emerged from his church in Gainesville, Fla., along with Florida Imam Muhammad al-Masri to announce his decision to cancel his Koran burning, saying he viewed the supposed deal as “a sign from God.”

What’s going to happen, I wonder, once the insane Pastor Jones discovers that that so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (which isn’t actually at “ground zero” in the first place) isn’t being moved? Will he claim his “sign from God” has been taken away from him by the vile forces of Islam, and burn some Qur’ans after all?

Besides, to date, Jones’s complaint about Islam … and his supposed motivation for burning Qur’ans … has not, to my knowledge, been the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” It has, instead, been Jones’s insistence that the United States is about to come under Shari’a law. (See for example this ABC News interview, with cached version.) So it’s not clear to me how this issue became the linchpin that made Jones change his mind.

The bottom line is that we are certainly not out of the woods yet … not with a creature like Pastor Jones at the heart of the controversy.

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Crusades - Entry of the Crusaders into ConstantinopleI’ve come up with a term to describe the Religious Right’s war against Islam inside the US: Neocrusade. That’s right, these folks are Neocrusaders, the childish spiritual resurrection of the western Europeans who stormed into the Middle East during the Middle Ages. It’s the only term I can think of, to describe militant Christians in the US who basically want to drive Muslims underground — or out of the country entirely.

Although I’m no friend of any religion, I can only disapprove of this movement to destroy the “freedom of religion” that this country has had for over 200 years.

I say that because, once you’ve eliminated religious freedom for some, then you’ve eliminated it altogether, because “freedom” either applies to everyone, or it doesn’t exist.

The latest dust-up is taking place right here in the Nutmeg State. The Hartford City Council has decided to show some solidarity with Muslims in the US, and will open their meetings with prayers delivered by Hartford imams. I can’t really support this personally, since I’m opposed to any government session including a religious component, but as it turns out, this is a short-term decision, since the City Council meetings don’t ordinarily open with prayers.

The Religious Right, of course, has gone berserk over it. Hartford’s Internet servers have been inundated with sanctimonious emails raging and blustering over how terrible this decision is. The Hartford Courant reports on the Neocrusaders’ furious outrage (WebCite cached article):

A plan by the Hartford City Council to diversify its opening prayers before meetings has come under fire after it was announced that Monday’s invocation would be Islamic.

City Councilman Luis Cotto, who proposed having two imams lead the invocation Monday, said the city council’s website has been inundated with e-mails criticizing the plan. The harsh response prompted city council President rJo Winch to call a news conference today at 1 p.m. to discuss the issue.

Cotto said that his goal in having an Islamic prayer was to speak out against what he called “the current wave of Islamophobia” in this country.

(Before you ask, no, I haven’t a clue how to pronounce “rJo,” and yes, that’s how the name is spelled.)

Helpfully, Cotto has posted some of the correspondence he’s received on his own blog, IonHartford (cached version). Read it and see for yourselves the insipidity, stupidity, and rage of these Neocrusaders. Virtually every “Christian nation” myth is included in this correspondence.

Enough is enough, folks. I’m not a Muslim myself, nor will I ever become one. But until the First Amendment is altered or repealed, the rest of the country needs to leave them the fuck alone and let them live their lives. They are entitled to nothing less. This childish caterwauling simply must stop.

Not that it will, of course … Christians are notoriously unwilling to contain or muzzle their own, so the Neocrusaders will be allowed to carry on and do … well, whatever! … as long as they wish. The rest of the country’s Christians will never lift a finger to stop them, and will do absolutely nothing to force their juvenile co-religionists to grow the fuck up.

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A frame from Fitna, a short film by Geert Wilders, Dutch MP, condemning Islamist extremism, showing Surah 8, verse 60 of the QuranDutch politician Geert Wilders has been something of an anti-Muslim firebrand. One of my first blog posts, over two years ago, was about the release of his short movie Fitna, which condemns Islamist extremism. Wilders has found some acclaim in the Netherlands and is slated to take part in its government. On the cusp of this development, a Muslim cleric in Australia has called for him to be beheaded, as Reuters explains (WebCite cached article):

A well-known Australian Muslim cleric has called for the beheading of Dutch anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders, a newspaper said on Friday. …

Wilders demanded to know why he had learnt about the threat from the newspaper and not from Dutch authorities who are guarding him after a film and remarks he made angered Muslims around the world.

De Telegraaf, the Netherlands’ largest newspaper, led its front page on Friday with a story on the speech by Feiz Muhammad.

In case you wanted to see it, here is De Telegraaf‘s story (with cached version and in Google translation to English).

The reason Wilders was not notified by the Netherlands government may have something to do with the fact that they’ve been going after him for his criticism of Islam:

Wilders is currently on trial in the Netherlands for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

The Freedom Party leader made a film in 2008 which accused the Koran of inciting violence and mixed images of terrorist attacks with quotations from the Islamic holy book.

Wilders was also charged because of outspoken remarks in the media, such as an opinion piece in a Dutch daily in which he compared Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.”

Yes, he’s being prosecuted for his rhetoric. Not only have Muslims like Feiz Muhammad launched fatwas against him, his own government is on his case too. Terrific.

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