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  • White House defends Obama's apology for Quran burning (despite 2 US troops getting murdered)

    02/24/2012 3:22:49 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/2012 | Amie Parnes and Jeremy Herb
    The White House is defending President Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistan, which was labeled a “surrender” by one Republican presidential candidate. Josh Earnest, White House principal deputy press secretary, told reporters Friday that Obama thought an apology to Karzai was “appropriate.” “He's putting the best interests and safety and welfare of our servicemembers and our civilians who are currently serving in Afghanistan right now,” Earnest said. “We have seen a spike in violence around this mistake, and the president believed it was in the best interest of their safety to make...
  • Pentagon apologizes at local mosque for Quran burning

    02/24/2012 1:52:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    wlja.com ^ | 2/24/12 | abc7
    STERLING, Va. (AP) - A senior Pentagon official is apologizing to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan. Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, says the military is investigating and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials. Lavoy's remarks were Friday at a mosque in suburban Washington, D.C. They come after protests across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base. Military officials say 20 people have died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers.
  • Official: Burned Islamic religious material had 'extremist inscriptions' (Obama apologized anyway)

    02/21/2012 1:37:08 PM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | 2/21/2012 | cnn
    Religious materials -- including Qurans that were burned at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, sparking Afghan protests -- were removed from the library of a detainee center "because of extremist inscriptions" on them, a military official said Tuesday. There was "an appearance that these documents were being used to facilitate extremist communications," a military official said. "Additionally, some of the documents were extremist in and of themselves, apparently originating from outside of Afghanistan," the official said. The official said the material was burned, but authorities are attempting to determine how much. The uproar prompted Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO's International...
  • Lawmakers condemn burning of Koran

    04/03/2011 10:22:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2011 | David Eldridge
    Congressional leaders Sunday denounced the recent Koran burning in Florida that is being blamed for days of deadly anti-American riots across Afghanistan and hinted at possible congressional condemnation or hearings. The book burning, done by Florida pastor Terry Jones with little publicity at the time almost two weeks ago, is being blamed for attacks that led to the deaths of seven U.N. workers on Friday. Protests continued during the weekend, with 10 people killed in rioting in Kandahar on Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of demonstrators burned an effigy of President Obama on Sunday in Jalalabad while stomping on a U.S....
  • Obama criticizes Quran burning, Afghan attacks

    04/02/2011 4:35:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is extending his deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif by protesters enraged by the burning of a Quran in Florida. Obama says desecration of the Quran "is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry."
  • Afghan riots over Quran-burning: 2 days, 20 dead

    04/02/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 84 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 2, 2011 | PATRICK QUINN
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghans rioted for a second day Saturday to protest the burning of a Quran in Florida, killing nine people in Kandahar and injuring more than 80 in a wave of violence that underscored rising anti-foreign sentiment after nearly a decade of war. The desecration at a small U.S. church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan it further strained ties with the West. On Friday, 11 people were killed, including seven foreign U.N. employees, in a protest in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The protests come at a critical juncture as the U.S.-led coalition gears up for...
  • WBC's flames produce little heat

    09/12/2010 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    topeka capitol journal. ^ | 9/11/10 | Phil Anderson
    President Barack Obama didn't weigh in like he did when a pastor in Florida threatened to burn the Quran. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates didn't make a personal phone call urging the same minister to call it off. The burning of a Quran and an American flag Saturday by members of Westboro Baptist Church drew little visible interest. Instead of the hoards of media representatives that descended on Florida, only a handful of area reporters turned out at noon for Westboro's burning. "I'm glad it didn't get a lot of publicity and it didn't draw a lot of people to...
  • US church to go ahead with Sept. 11 Quran burning

    09/07/2010 1:00:50 PM PDT · by South40 · 125 replies · 3+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | Sept. 7, 2010 | AP
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Christian minister said Tuesday that he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran to protest the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks despite warnings from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and the White House that doing so would endanger U.S. troops. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center said he understands the government's concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning this Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the attacks.
  • California Sharia “College” Set to Open

    08/23/2010 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 26 replies
    Logans Warning ^ | August 23rd, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    Not only are US Mosques teaching and preaching Sharia Law, now our government is foolishly allowing a Sharia “college” to open. I say foolishly because Sharia is what the enemy wants to impose on us, and allowing it to be taught here in America, is the equivalent to allowing Nazis to have their own US schools during WWII. Not only do we have to end all Muslim immigration, we also need to ban Sharia Law. Then arrest and deport if possible, any Muslim who calls for Sharia. They are to be looked upon as enemies of the state, just as...
  • Armed group of Christian Conservatives to Protect Church During Burning of Quran (on 9/11/10)

    08/23/2010 8:44:59 PM PDT · by dselig · 118 replies
    World Correspondants ^ | August 22, 2010 | Mikael Gunatela ·
    The Christian conservative organization Right Wing Extreme has offered its support and protection for the 'International Burn a Quran Day'. Right Wing Extreme was founded in April of 2009 after the Department of Homeland Security’s report titled Right Wing Extremism. The report labeled those who are against Illegal Immigration, abortion, higher taxation, returning military veterans, big government, and Christian groups as Right Wing Extremist and put them on a watch list. The report was sent out to all law enforcement agencies in April 2009 and the group has been recruiting members ever since. “We fully support Dove World Outreach Center...
  • The In T View: Rotten Gods: Burning A Quran In Iran

    05/19/2008 7:20:12 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 2 replies · 60+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Mister Ghost
    MG: Are you under any illusions as to what will will happen to you, if the Iranian regime discovers your identity? Will they accuse you of blasphemy and hang you from that giant crane? Rotten Gods: I wish. I mean I wish Iran was a democratic country and I was free to express my opinion without fear of terror, sudden death, or death penalty in public. In blasphemy cases, sharia law strictly orders to hang, behead, or throw convicted from height e.g. mountain.