February 24th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Obama apologizes to Afghanistan for Quran burning

From Masoud Popalzai and Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Afghan rage over the burning of Qurans by NATO troops continued Thursday even after a President Barack Obama apologized for the "error."

Afghanistan erupted in violent demonstrations after the troops burned the Islamic religious material at the beginning of the week.

Two American troops were killed Thursday by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, a U.S. official said, asking not to be named discussing casualties. The gunman is thought to have been acting in conjunction with a protest outside the base, the official said.

In a letter delivered to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama called the act "inadvertent," Karzai's office and National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday.


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  1. Reality

    o Even farting is "controlled" in Islam:

    To wit:


    "Farting is problematic in Islam. During prayer, a worshipper must not fart. Sahih Bukhari (1.4.137) writes that Allah will not accept a Muslim's prayer if he/she passes wind during the ritual.

    The exception occurs if the worshipper farts silently, or the fart does not smell. In such a case, he/she may continue with the prayer (ibid, 1.4.139).Sunaan Nasai (1.162) writes that if you fart during a prayer you must redo ablution. Sahih Bukhari (9.86.86) says that for a "farter" Allah will not accept his/her prayer until he/she performs another ablution."

    February 25, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  2. Ted

    Its remarkable to me when people are willing to die for book burning. It doesn't mean anything. when you burn books its just paper. When you burn a flag its just fabric. I love watching people fight over this god thing. We are gonna look like the biggest idiots for future generations. Just don't blow up the world because I like it here and all your gods fake. And your fighting over them. Its like fighting over your favorite color unicorn. its funny

    February 25, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Awesome

      You sir stink.

      February 25, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • sam

      do you kill people for gas?

      February 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  3. Joe Blows

    Mooslims burn churches, synagogues and people, yet their is no Christian or Jewish rioting in the streets.

    The Apologizer in Chief, instead of kissing up to the mooslims, should tell our troops to avenge the US blood spilt by these rioting idiots.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Bobby

      What possible good would it do for Christians and Jews to sink to that level? Legitimize such behavior?

      February 25, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • sam

      you're so smart they should make you president then after world war III your face will be carved on mt rushmore

      February 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  4. BG

    The only thing Obama needs to say now to his Muslim brethren is "enough." If any more Americans are killed over this we need to order up some Apaches and shut 'em up. Obama showed weakness, now our kids are paying for it.

    Obama is not good for this country. Of course neither are the Republicans, but at this point they're the lesser evil.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  5. cantilever

    NEWSFLASH: The mother of Newt today apologised to Planned Parenthood for not having used contraception.

    February 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Maybe your mother needs to apologize too.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  6. David Johnson

    Obama did the right thing. The Quarn is just as sacred, just as believed, as is the Christian bible. Fact is, no one can prove any god is real.


    February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      And yet you feel like ppl need to know that.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Keith

      David Johnson, I'm curious. What do think of that atheist who got assaulted for impersonating Mohammed in Mechanicsburg, PA? The muslim judge, Mark Martin, lectured the atheist on how he would have been put to death in other countries-guess he forgot what country he's a judge in, huh? Then he proceeded to dismiss the case, which had video evidence, and let his muslim pal walk. The muslim immigrant thought that our country had a law saying Mohammed could not be portrayed by someone. Guess that dip$ht should go back to Afghanistan where he belongs. Your atheist pal got the shaft there David. I stand by the atheist in this case. How about you?

      February 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Reality

      A prayer to solve the issue:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god (Allah included) whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (references used are available upon request)

      February 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      @Reality that may be what you believe (at least you believe something) but that doesn't mean it is fact. You cannot prove any of that as fact. So you believe something you cannot prove and which matters ONLY to you. And yet, your mind accepts that story as "truth" even though you have no evidence and no proof. You just believe it. Well, then, you are not a lot different than me .. except I believe the other story - the on recited in the Apostles Creed. But either way it cannot be proved, there is not much evidence, and it is mostly a matter of what you choose to believe.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • ......

      these are not reality thoughts, they are copy paste bull sh it hit report abuse on all of them

      February 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Reality

      Some circu-mstantial evidence:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,


      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • Reality

      Some comparitive evidence:

      They are called the Infamous Angelic Cons:

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".


      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      February 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Reality

      Evidence from the future time lines:

      What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, nuclear physics, geology and the history of religion)

      1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

      2. Asteroids continue to circle us in the nearby asteroid belt.

      3. One wayward rock and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

      4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

      5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

      6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 trillion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

      7. Super, dormant volcanoes off the coast of Africa and under Yellowstone Park could explode catalytically at any time ending life on Earth.

      Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 trillion years?

      February 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Evidence from history or a lack of historical accounts:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      February 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Awesome

      I farted but you didn't hear it. Is that real? You sir stink

      February 25, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • Reality

      o Even farting is "controlled" in Islam:

      To wit:


      "Farting is problematic in Islam. During prayer, a worshipper must not fart. Sahih Bukhari (1.4.137) writes that Allah will not accept a Muslim's prayer if he/she passes wind during the ritual.

      The exception occurs if the worshipper farts silently, or the fart does not smell. In such a case, he/she may continue with the prayer (ibid, 1.4.139).Sunaan Nasai (1.162) writes that if you fart during a prayer you must redo ablution. Sahih Bukhari (9.86.86) says that for a "farter" Allah will not accept his/her prayer until he/she performs another ablution."

      February 25, 2012 at 8:39 am |
  7. Andreas Moser

    I applaud the Afghans for the protests against the burning of the Quran. They have learnt an important lesson of history: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/book-burnings-here-and-there/

    February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Joe Blows

      They are a bunch of barbaric terrorist idiots.

      February 25, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  8. God of Death

    I like the fact that these protests end up with more people dying. Fabulous.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  9. RightTurnClyde

    Who apologized for all the IED's and the U.S> soldiers killed ad limbs blown off? Who apologized (ever) for 9/11? Who apologized for Mogadishu? the USS Cole? Who apologized for the Marine Barracks in Lebanon? For the USAF barracks in Ryad? NOBODY APOLOGIZED and they are not contrite. But Obama is one of THEM. He doesn't apologize to Christians (or to Israel).. but he cannot bow low enough to kiss their tail pipe.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bobby

      Wow Clyde! sipping the tea a little deeply, aren't ya? Who do you want to apologize for these things? The terrorists?! You might as well ask the president to apologize for crimes done by civilian Americans on foreign soil.

      February 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  10. Uncouth Swain

    Yep..sorry that those idiots were hiding stuff inside a holy book and made the soldiers have to get rid of them.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Actually since most of them can't rad or write what good is any book? When they can read they do not get much from reading. They're better at ridin those prayer mats and getting a whiff of the stinky feet (and other things) up in the air. It actually looks like "the doggies had a meeting" in one of those Mosques. They'd walk a mile for a camel. They don't care about killin each other ... just don't touch-a the book.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  11. Rainer Braendlein

    Muhammad, God’s enemy

    Introduction: Although I sharply criticize the Islamic doctrine, I love my Muslim neighbours, according to Christ’s command. Christianity is the religion of love. Hate is prohibited. Of course, nevertheless we are allowed to check out the sometimes strange beliefs of our neighbours.

    I have read the whole Koran once, and I am reading it now the second time. I get more and more shocked about the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish character of the Koran.

    First time, when I read the Koran, it became immediately clear that the Koran rejects the Trinity (doctrine of the Trinity is the basic doctrine of Christianity) and the divine sonship of Jesus Christ (also a basic doctrine of Christianity). There is no doubt at all that Muhammad rejects Christianity and Judaism, that is absolutely obvious. Have a look on the following suras of the unholy Koran:

    (Note: “Messiah” means Jesus Christ, “People of the Scripture” are Jews and Christians)

    Sura 4, Verse 171:

    O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

    Sura 5, Verse 72:

    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

    Sura 9, Verse 30:

    And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

    Everybody, claiming Islam would be harmless, after he has read the above verses, should undergo a medical check of his head.

    But the three verses above are not the top of Muhammad’s wickedness.

    The crucial malice of Muhammad is his following statement: Jews and Christians are former Moslems, having turned apostate. He even claims that Abraham, Moses and Jesus had been Islamic leaders or teachers, which were highly acknowledged by Allah. The pupils of Abraham, Moses and Jesus were actually Moslems, but because they were not obedient to the teachings of Abraham, Moses and Jesus, God degraded them to Jews and Christians.

    So, that is without limit. Muhammad calls us apostates. Thus, in Muhammad eyes we have no more right to live and in his eyes we are garbage.

    Actually, to understand Muhammad’s crucial malice, you had to read the Koran yourself, because the wicked doctrine is somewhat hidden. Maybe the verses Sura 2, V. 87-91 are a hint:

    Verse 87: And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

    Verse 88: And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but Allah hath cursed them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.

    Verse 89: And when there cometh unto them a scripture from Allah, confirming that in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there cometh unto them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers.

    Verse 90: Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should disbelieve in that which Allah hath revealed, grudging that Allah should reveal of His bounty unto whom He will of His slaves. They have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom.

    Verse 91: And when it is said unto them: Believe in that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed unto us. And they disbelieve in that which cometh after it, though it is the truth confirming that which they possess. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Why then slew ye the prophets of Allah aforetime, if ye are (indeed) believers?

    So, Muhammad made a mistake. He saw that the practical behaviour of Jews and Christians did not always go together with their faith or what they claimed to believe. Of course, it is regretable that we don’t behave perfectly always, but this doesn’t authorise Muhammad to judge us like criminals. Not at all! All people have ever sinned, despite their belief: The Jews, the Christians and the Moslems.

    At the time when Mohammed lived, papacy come into being (yet some time before the Roman bishops had been called popes, but this meant something like daddy, because they were really loveable people, helping their folk. First after Pope Gregory the Great the meaning of the word pope changed and become the name of people, who dared to claim that they would be bishop of all bishops). It is really possible that Mohammed was disturbed by the first wicked popes, besides Phokas was the Byzantine emperor. Phokas was a beast like Nero or Adolf Hitler. He was an ancient Hitler. It is possible that he has commited a lot of crimes in Arabia during Muhammad’s lifetime and Muhammad draw his conclusions about the so-called Christians.

    I will still love my Muslim neighbours, but their faith I must reject.

    Every Muslim should become a Christian right now!


    As I have mentioned above, I am reading the Koran second time. Every now and again I will insert additional malicious statements of Muhammad, which I have encountered in the unholy Koran:

    Firstly, Muhammad daresays, on the cross not Jesus had died, but a person, resembled to Jesus.

    Sura 4: Verse 157:

    And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.
    ( سورة النساء , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #157)

    The crucifixion of Jesus is the center of Christianity. Without Christ’s atonement, there would be not forgiveness and no deliverance. We would be hopeless people.

    Secondly, guess, what is the worst sin in Muhammad eyes? Answer: Incredible, the worst sin in Muhammad eyes is it to believe in Jesus Christ:

    Sura 5: Verse 72:

    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #72)

    Thirdly, Muhammad claims, the gospel (part of the the New Testament) would command to slay in the way of Allah. This statement of Muhammad is extremly outrageous. The gospel is a message of love and not of hate. Muhammad perverts the gospel. Muhammad, indeed, was an incarnated devil.

    Sura 9: Verse 111:

    Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.
    ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #111)

    Sura 9: Verse 29:

    Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
    ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #29)

    Interpretation of Sura 9: Verse 29:

    “Have been given the Scripture” are Jews and Christians, “believe not in allah nor the Last Day” are Jews and Christians, messenger = Muhammad, “Religion of Truth” = Islam, tribute = tax. Hence, Muhammad commands to conquer Christian and Jewish countries. Muhammad commands aggressive war. At least he is so “merciful” to allow that people pay a tax, instead to convert to Islam.

    Fourthly, Muslims are forbidden to be friends of Jews and Christians.

    Sura 5: Verse 51 of the unholy Koran:

    O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #51)

    Note: “O ye who believe” are Muslims.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  12. πολεμικός

    The Afghanis along with a few other people need to learn that America can burn the world if it has a mind to.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  13. Reality

    Actually, it is the Muslims who should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs.

    Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals.

    And Orthodox Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  14. Rainer Braendlein

    The mass media are about to make us completely mad.

    They report that some editions of the "holy" Koran were burned and they say it in a tone of voice as if a second Fukoshima had occured and many people had died again.

    At the same time they report that two soldiers (anyway two human beings, loved by God) had been killed in a tone of voice as if a sack of rice had fallen over in China.

    Sorry, what is worse?

    The burning of a book or the death of two beloved human beings?

    Seemingly the mass media are infected by the Islamic virus of madness: The Muslims love a ridiculous book more than human beings.

    That the Islam legalizes violence and murder in religious connections or matters is a clear evidence for its falseness.

    The Islam cannot be a divine belief, but, I say, it is a product of hell.

    Muhammad rush in history and nobody had expected him. He came directly out of the darkness like a demon. He was a man, which was led by his basest instincts. He spread his religion by using the sword.

    In contrast Jesus Christ was predicted by the prophets of the Old Testament. Jesus wrought plenty of miracles. Jesus doctrine fit together with the doctrine of the Old Testament. Jesus used no violence. Jesus cured people and made them happy, but he did not slay people. Jesus finally resurrected from the dead, which was the greatest miracle of all history. By this was finally proved the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. He is Lord and God for ever and ever (in contrast little Muhammad's body was eaten by dogs).

    The Islam has no roots in Judaism, which was the age-old legitimate religion. The Islam is a distortion of both Judaism and Christianity and thus the Islam is a meaningless fraud.

    In contrast Christianity is the legitimate successor of Judaism. Strictly speaking there was never a difference between true Judaism and Christianity. It was always true that people had to be saved by faith in Christ (also the believers of the Old Testament). Never someone was saved by keeping the law, because nobody can and ever could keep the law by natural strength. Jesus was a Jewish King, a descendant of David, which is a further connection to good old Judaism. Jesus was first sent to the Jews and the first Christians were converted Jews (strictly speaking they had not to convert, but just to accept their Messiah Jesus from Nazareth).

    I don't hate Muslims, but the Islam. Muslims are beloved human beings despite their false belief.

    It is my prayer that the God of Israel and the Christian God may give the real faith to the poor Muslims, which have gone astray.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Reality

      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  15. momoya

    Why don't muslims riot when other muslims blow up mosques and burning korans are flying all over the place?

    February 24, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Reality

      Excellent point!!!

      February 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 24, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  17. William Demuth

    Why did we develop all those delightful biological weapons when we don't have the guts to use them.

    Send more Jeebus freaks over with orders to stop burning Korans, and to start burning Afghans.

    February 24, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • sam

      you're an idiot go burn yourself

      February 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  18. Debra

    Obama's TRUE religion comes out; he was raised in Indonesia as Muslim....he has STRONG ties to that religion. Probably better than him listening to Rev. Wright all those years he sat in Wright's church.

    February 24, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • hippypoet

      i knew i smelt bullsh!t somewhere....please check your shoes – if still no poo is discovered, it may just be that you are full of it... 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Ed

      Oh shut up Debra. Your comment is incredibly ignorant and xenophobic. You need an education.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • William Demuth

      Better a Muslim president than a Jeebus FREAK!!!

      February 24, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Well you are right about that. If something stinks it's the one doing the apologies. Xenophobic? Claustrophobic? Agoraphobic? What's that? That's dummmm.. .. acrobatic, democratic, automatic, vegomatic ...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Keith

      Or like candidate Obama talking about "My muslim faith" to George Stephanopolous. Funny how you can't access that video from ABC-they give some copyright b.s. excuse as to why we can't see it. Sheeesh.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, please, Keith. You can't "access it" because it doesn't exist except in your fevered imagination.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Leo

      Tom Tom here it is...


      February 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Leo

      I should have watched this video all the way through before posting.. the ending is very unappropriate. My mistake.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Keith

      Tom, Tom the village idiot, You were saying?

      February 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  19. hippypoet

    does anyone remember when people apologized for things they themselves did?

    February 24, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  20. Philip in Palm Springs

    Of course the apology was required. To get an example of how bad it is, walk into any church on Sunday and set fire to The Bible and see what reaction you receive!

    February 24, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • William Demuth

      Skip the Bible, burn the church itself, preferably with a few pedo priests crucified on its altar.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Joe Blows

      Mooslims are already burning Churches. Google it...

      February 25, 2012 at 12:38 am |
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