"U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday deplored the Quran burning by a pastor in Florida and condemned the attack on a United Nations outpost in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of seven U.N. workers.
Military officials have condemned the Quran burning and attacks. Messrs. Obama and Karzai also condemned the actions. "The two presidents were clear that to attack and kill innocent people is an affront to human decency and dignity," according to the White House summary.
Previous condemnations of the Koran burning by Mr. Obama and other U.S. leaders have done little to placate anger or ease anti-Western sentiments across much of Afghan society." (source)
But wait, before you get too upset at some random pastor down in Florida acting alone to garner attention for his small congregation --Read this article. Yes, on the surface it looks like a condemnation of a few US military chaplains for expressing they should be witnessing to Afghanis on the DL. BUT, read a bit further. The United Stated military burned The Holy Bible...or many, many Holy Bibles? And one little paragraph in some obscure story is all there is?
"A documentary filmmaker was allowed onto Bagram last May to shoot footage of religious sessions involving troops," the Pentagon said. "He recorded a session where a participant displayed Bibles translated into Dari and Pashto that had been sent to him by his church back home. After a discussion of how or if they should be distributed, the chaplain running the service reaffirmed Gen. Order No. 1 and the Bibles were not distributed and were confiscated."
"The Bibles were burned because the rules on the base say that all garbage is burned at the end of the day. But just asking here; if the U.S. Military seized a stack full of Korans, would they be burned? You think that might cause a little outrage in the Muslim world?" (source)
No riots? No dead bodies carried through D.C.? No Muslims hung from bridges? No cheap plastic flip flops being hurled at statues or political leaders? Nothing? This whole living in a country that has entered the 21st century thing really sucks sometimes!