On March 20th, Islamophobe and 19th Century throwback, "Pastor" Terry Jones, held a mock trial where he put the Koran on trial, found it guilty and then burned it with video cameras rolling. It was part of something they called "International Judge the Koran Day" which, apparently took place only in the sad little backwater community in Gainesville, Florida where Jones has his "church".
NOTE: This diary is a follow-up to aaraujo's diary yesterday, Terry Jones is going to get me killed. aaraujo is in the military and currently stationed in Afghanistan.
You can read more about the event HERE if you have the intestinal fortitude to wade through their drivel. Here's a snippet of the hypocritical pap that Jones spews about his "religion":
This has been set up like an American court. Whether you have liked it or not, we have been trying to follow that example. In an American court, you cannot be found innocent or guilty without a consequence. If you are found innocent, then the consequence, of course, is very comfortable. You get to go home and are free. At the same time, if you have been found guilty and have been charged with a very serious charge, as we have done today, you have been charged with murder, if you have been convicted of murder, you do not get to go home.
It does not matter if you are loved, your Mummy and Daddy love you, you do not get to go home because you have killed someone, you have been convicted of murder, and because of that, you will face punishment. You will go to jail. You will possibly some day be electrocuted or you will be shot up with poison because you are a murderer, you have been convicted of murder, you will not get to go home. That is what justice is. That is why today, if the Koran is found guilty, we cannot just simply forgive. We cannot just simply say we have a verdict. That is it, we don’t do anything else, we have had a happy trial. We must have a consequence. The Koran, then, must symbolically, through some type of action, be punished...
Let me emphasize again that it is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive. We do not even burn it with great pleasure, or any pleasure at all. We burn it because we feel a deep obligation to stay with the court system of America. The court system of America does not allow convicted criminals to go free. The punishment was chosen by the people. If anyone, including our defense attorney and his family feel highly offended and angered by this action, they are more than welcome to leave at this time. We would excuse them. We thank them very much for their participation. Anyone else who is angered and offended by this action, you are more than welcome to leave.
They even got some "Moslems" to participate to defend the Koran. Another "Moslem" is a convert to Christianity who supported Jones infantile display of Islamophobia and religious intolerance. You can read the impressions of one of Jones' pathetic, small-minded followers, one of the people on his "jury", HERE.
I was tempted to write about this caveman when it happened but decided not to give him the publicity. However, shit just got real.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Violent protests over the burning of a Koran in Florida flared for a second straight day, with young men rampaging through the streets of this southern capital, flying Taliban flags and wielding sticks.
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.
Jones' response was a hypocritical call for "retribution" saying he feels "devastated" and that his group doesn't "feel responsible for that".
It's worth emphasizing something in the New York Times piece:
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.
Thanks to Jones, a low-intelligence, fear-mongering man who distorts the word of Jesus Christ to fit his perverted and distorted world view, what had been a relatively quite region in Afghanistan is now again in flames with workers from the United Nations and other innocent people dead because of his intentionally provocative acts. This is beyond the pale.
I'm sure he's very pleased with himself as he washes the blood from his hands. Meanwhile, the rest of us in have to deal with the consequences of his actions. Innocent men and women have died and more will surely die, probably including men and women in the military who are in Afghanistan trying to help set up a stable government so that we can leave. All to please a sick, twisted, terrified little man and his flock of mindless sheep that follow him.
UPDATE: Just so we're clear, I believe that the mindless morons rioting and killing people because of this tiny-minded man's actions are fully responsible for their own actions and I have nothing but full-thoated condemnation of what they have done and are doing. However, Jones knew exactly what he was doing and what the outcome would be (or at least hoped for it) so he is culpable in the deaths as well.
I'm just sayin'...