Originally uploaded by tfelix
The USA has no shortage of religious nut cases.
In the first Freedom's Burden post I questioned if the Westboro Baptist Church's demonstrations at soldiers' funerals with signs reading "Thank god for dead soldiers" incited violence? We had differing opinions and that's how I like it on my blog!
Yesterday, 8 UN workers and 4 Afghan citizens were killed when an angry mob attacked the UN in Mazar e Sharif. The mob was enraged by Pastor Terry Jones' burning of a Koran in his Florida church. Jones claims Islam is an intolerant and violent religion. (He says this with no trace of irony in his voice. . . ) Jones insists that in the USA, he has the constitutional right to burn a Koran.
Before he actually committed this very provocative act (at a time when the USA has military presence all over the Middle East and isn't particularly liked) Hillary Clinton and General Petreus (commanding the US military in Afghanistan) warned that a publicized Koran burning in the USA could have repercussions for Americans and westerners in Afghanistan.
What do you think? Did the pastor's burning of a Koran incite violence in Afghanistan?