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Anger Over Quran Burning Spreads in Afghanistan
Florida preacher gets 11 people killed - so far 


Anger over the burning of the Muslim holy book at a Florida church fueled a second day of
deadly violence half a world away in Afghanistan, where demonstrators set cars and shops
ablaze Saturday in a riot that killed nine protesters, officials said.

The church's desecration of the Quran nearly two weeks ago has outraged millions of Muslims
and others worldwide, fueling anti-American sentiment that is further straining ties between the
Afghan government and the West.

The uproar even brought violence to the normally peaceful city of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern
Afghanistan on Friday, where a crowd of protesters - apparently infiltrated by insurgents - stormed
a U.N. compound in a riot that left four Afghan protesters and seven foreign U.N. employees dead.

The Quran was burned March 20, but many Afghans only found out about it when Afghan President
Hamid Karzai condemned the desecration four days later. The burning took place at the Dove Outreach
Center in Gainesville, Florida, the same church where the Rev. Terry Jones had threatened to destroy
a copy of the holy book last year but initially backed down.

The governor's office in Kandahar province issued a statement saying that nine protesters were killed
and 81 others were injured in the demonstration that turned into a riot. Seventeen people, including
seven armed men, have been arrested, the statement said.  The governor's office claims demonstrators
were incited by extremists who joined the group and set property ablaze.

So, the publicity-seeking handjob from Florida has gotten 9 or 11 people killed and 81 injured.
I wish he could be charged with a crime but I can't think of a charge that fits.

Religion is a violent tool that (mostly) self-deluded crooks use to achieve more power.



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