Quran burning in U.S. sets off Afghan attack

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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 1:04pm

Originally published Friday, April 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014663837_afghan02.html

Quran burning in U.S. sets off Afghan attack

Afghans angry over the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.

By Laura King

Los Angeles Times

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Sun, 04-03-2011 - 6:44pm
I tend to blame the people who actually perform violence for their acts of violence. I don't blame a remote book burning.

The folks who burned the Quran seem to be misguided, but that doesn't excuse violence perpetrated by others using that burning as an excuse.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 1:09am

Misguided?

 

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 8:53am

I suppose if I were to yell "Fire!!!!" in a crowded movie theater the resulting loss of life in the stampede would be the fault of those who die because they panicked. I would be totally blameless myself.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 12:04pm
I don't think we want to give up freedom of expression in this country to appease some Muslim extremists in other countries. Any expression is just that, expression. If someone acts violently based on an expression, it is up to the person who acted violently to account for their actions.

Personally I think the idiot who burned the Quorum's should be ignored, but that doesn't taint his expression with anything other that was it was ... protected speech.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 12:06pm
This isn't yelling fire. It is burning a book, something that has happened in the U.S. for many years. Something that our courts have ruled on as federally protected expression by our first amendment. I suppose we could limit our first amendment rights, but where would it stop?
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 12:35pm
Condemning Jones for his blatant disregard for human lives in pulling his little stunt doesn't have anything to do with limiting his first amendment rights. He's free to do what he wants just as I am free to express what an evil slime bucket I think he is. This religious nutjob is indeed culpable, just as the religious nutjobs are who attacked and killed U.N. personnel.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 12:53pm

Thought I heard this guy was tied to those Nut cases from Westboro Church.

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 1:14pm
I haven't heard anything about that. I think he has his own particular brand of hatefulness/bigotry toward people who don't believe as he does.
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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 2:17pm

Yep!

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 2:24pm

With our freedoms also come responsibilities.

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