Protests continue in Afghanistan against Quran burning
Afghans pray inside the Hazrat-i Ali shrine in Mazar-i-Sharif where an angry mob stormed a U.N. compound on April 1.
April 5th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Protests continue in Afghanistan against Quran burning

About 1,000 protesters gathered in front of Kabul University on Tuesday morning, as protests continue throughout Afghanistan to condemn the burning of a Quran by a pastor in the United States.

The demonstrators marched toward the city center amid a heavy police presence but without incident, said Kabul City police official Abdullah Mahboob.

The sight was in marked contrast to earlier demonstrations, some of which turned deadly.

On Sunday, police and stone-throwing demonstrators clashed in Kandahar with as many as three people killed in the violence.

At least nine people were killed and 73 injured in Kandahar on Saturday, and 12 people died Friday - including seven U.N. employees - when angry demonstrators stormed a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif.

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  1. Andy Ling

    DingBats angry against DingBats, End of the World is coming!

    April 24, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Funny people these Afghans and Paks. Anything and everything gets them out in the streets to yell, scream, burn and maybe blow themselves up at any notion that some one said or did something that mocks their faith. Now that the world has found out about their madness, they might as well stay out in the streets because there is always another nut that will do something and watch them react.

    April 23, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. salerno

    Ronvan – it is difficoult to avoid arguing about religion if the topic is the Quran burning, and I have to reply to other posts.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. killdamuzzie


    April 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glenn

    Culture should be a process of evolution enhanced through education not a stagnate religion from another era. Why are people so eager to live in the past. The people of the ancient world had such a limited understanding of the world that almost anything was perceived within the realm of possible. Mental illness was often perceived as something else. Continued conflict fighting for the right to live in denial is what the future will bring..

    April 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Glenn – The exact contrary is true. Something else is today perceived as mental illness. The past was a bright era where societies were based on spiritual values, while today modern civilizations are based on nothing. We are living times without any real knowledge of the spirituality, and everything is limited to the human phisical perception. For istance, in the middle age every high scool student was able to read the S. Thomas "Summa Theosophica" in original latin language, while today, even the graduating student at the University are unable to do it.
      We live in a tchnological time, but technology is not a culture, even if it works fine for prarical goals.

      April 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Glenn

        No doubt religion is an extension of a people within a specific geographical area. We are not all of the same tribe and to expect the entire world to perceive the world as one religion does will not work. The bears do not swim with the dolphins or fly with the eagles because its not their nature to do so. Every religion can be traced back to one tribe and your spiritual journey is not mine.

        April 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Glen – This your second post is partially correct, with the exception of your wrong assertion that "no doubt religion is an extension of people". In fact religions are the only thing wich is not an extension of people, as eligions have no human origin.
        No man can start a religion neither make a new one. They can try to do some imitations.
        On the other side it is true that religions are revealed in a way that different people can understand, this is why we have several religions.

        April 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Glenn

        So the fact that I have an innate understanding of Greco-roman culture and religion which most muslims or christians don't understand is of no relevence to you. Obvisouly a primitive people from 20 centuries ago. Why are my ancestors, so uneducated, misguided and yours have such a profound wisdom that science cannot even substantiate your claims ?
        Religions comes from the imaginations of a people and science will never prove the existance of god. The science of DNA would prove my own ancestory.

        April 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Glenn – Religions do not come from imagination of people. Greco-roman culture derived from ancient tradition (or religion) close to the hindu. Greeks had a pratical perspective, but they had their mistteries, the Eleusin and the Orphism (I am not sure about the english spelling). The Roman tradition was almost completely lost, but we can see some trace in Virgilius writings. Even those traditions were not human made.

        April 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Glenn

        You may think I would have the time to investigate the Greco-roman era extensively, but its relevence to today seems minimal. If I no longer believe in pegasus or mithra why would I choose to believe in angels, demons or virgins in heaven.
        Imaginations out of control and put into writings by people who had no understanding of the environment. Culture/religion can give you a sense of self but does not dicate the natural world. The natural world hasn't changed only man's perceptions change.

        April 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Glen – you need some education, as the problem is not to believe or not, the problem is KNOWLEDGE. The spiritual world is invisible and can be understood using symbols. We have the SQUARE and the COMPASS to misure the natural world and the spiritual one. You are the stupid pretending to use the square to understand the spiritual world. This is the meaning and the necessity of symbols. Everything created is changing, the human perception and the natural world too, not just the human perception. The only thing immutable is the Absolute.

        April 7, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brian Smith

    Wow it seems protest are goin to end in tragedy


    April 6, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. milsyman

    ich hessin dich

    April 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dindy

    Guys ....end is near. Nothing works . each day we hear killings 🙁

    April 6, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. six

    My previous comment is to Abdul, if not obvious.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carole Clarke

    The so-called minister who burned the Koran in Florida did so because he knew he would get the attention he craves – the guy is not right in the head. But when that family of 5 was slaughtered in Israel the reaction by Moslems was one of joy. They were giving their kids candy to celebrate that some Moslem man gleefully slit the throat of a sleeping baby. Which is worse? Choose between a book and a baby. Books can be reprinted but the baby is gone forever. I don't care what culture you come from – both actions are really sick!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • six

      No celebration but perhaps a better perspective on their plight.

      April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • patt demetri

      So I am supposed to believe that most muslems are nice people. You can not be nice if you kill just for the sake of killing. GO KILL THAT STUPID PASTOR. DO not kill the innocents. DO not have riots in the streets that just proves ignorance. Where are the NICE muslem mommies who bake cookies. ????

      April 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pat – they kill foreigners in their country as they don't want them. Is it so difficoult to understand ?

        April 8, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Abdul Ameer

    Why in the world are we still expending our blood and treasure for the sake of these Moslem barbarians? No matter how nice and generous we are to them, we can never win their hearts and minds because their hearts and minds are devoted to the doctrines of Islam.
    Here is a sampling of the doctrines of Islam which motivate the hearts and minds of all religious Moslems:
    –“ the (only) religion (acceptable) before God is Islam." (3:19)
    - " If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." (3: 85)
    - “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
    - The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
    - Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
    –The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    - Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    - It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    - Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    - Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    - Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    - The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. (4:76)
    - We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)

    April 5, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Abdul – translation even incomplete, as without a comment it is not understandable. For istance in the last phrase the word "WE" is refgerred to Allah, not to the Muslims as one can think erroneously.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Thank you for confirming the point about the problems with Quran's translation, and that the word we is referred to Allah.

        April 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Anyway the Quran arabic text reports "sanul'qi"

        April 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • six

      You have sight but can not see. How sad for you , Servant of Allah, that you chose to teach about things you know not. Anything taken out of it´s original context can be made to look frightening . You should seek knowledge not look for differences.
      – Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
      Christians and Jews should recognize the as in the story of Abraham and the idolaters
      Allah- God
      Islam – Submission to God
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful (1)
      Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, (2) The Beneficent, the Merciful. (3) Owner of the Day of Judgment, (4) Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. (5) Show us the straight path, (6) The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray. (7)

      Looks just like the Our Father we said in Catholic Mass.

      April 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |