The violence started Friday when demonstrators stormed a U.N. compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing 11 people including seven foreign U.N. employees.
The Taliban said in a statement emailed to media outlets that the U.S. and other Western countries have wrongly excused the burning a Quran by the pastor of a Florida church on March 20 as freedom of speech and that Afghans “cannot accept this un-Islamic act.”
On Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the families of those killed by the protesters and said desecration of the Quran “is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry.” But he said that does not justify attacking and killing innocent people, calling it “outrageous and an affront to human decency and dignity.”
Who is right? President Obama or the Taliban!
Jones defended the Quran burning and said the reaction in Afghanistan “shows exactly what we’re talking about”.
Two suicide attackers disguised as women blew themselves up and a third was gunned down on Saturday when they used force to try to enter a NATO base on the outskirts of Kabul, NATO and Afghan police said. At least 10 people were killed and 83 others wounded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday.Some protesters in Kandahar carried white Taliban flags and shouted slogans including “long live the Taliban” and “death to America.”
The spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province said the protest was organised by the Taliban who used the Quran burning in Florida as an excuse to incite violence. Taliban denied any role in the Mazar attack or Kandahar protests and analysts warned against underestimating the depth of anti-Western sentiment in much of Afghanistan, after years of military presence and many civilian casualties.
When it comes down to this war. It is rather simple and not as complicated as everyone makes it to be. Taliban in their understanding of life the way they see it and the West. Two separate and distinct people’s living in a world of chaos! The one believing in Freedom and Democracy and the Others’ belief in the Old ways under Shira law.
The Difference is Sharia Law? And The Ten Commandments?
Most Muslims believe Sharia is derived from two primary sources of Islamic law: the precepts set forth in the Qur’an, and the example set by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad in the Sunnah. Fiqh jurisprudence interprets and extends the application of Sharia to questions not directly addressed in the primary sources by including secondary sources. These secondary sources usually include the consensus of the religious scholars embodied in ijma, and analogy from the Qur’an and Sunnah through qiyas. Shia jurists prefer to apply reasoning (‘aql) rather than analogy in order to address difficult questions.Muslims believe Sharia is God‘s law, but they differ as to what exactly it entails. Modernists, traditionalists and fundamentalists all hold different views of Sharia, as do adherents to different schools of Islamic thought and scholarship. Different countries and cultures have varying interpretations of Sharia as well.
Sharia deals with many topics addressed by secular law, including crime, politics and economics, as well as personal matters such as sexuality, hygiene, diet, prayer, and fasting. Where it enjoys official status, Sharia is applied by Islamic judges, or qadis. The imam has varying responsibilities depending on the interpretation of Sharia; while the term is commonly used to refer to the leader of communal prayers, the imam may also be a scholar, religious leader, or political leader.
We Christians have the Holy Bible which we follow; But no man is forced to follow the Bible.
We have the Ten Commandments as our basis of rules set-down by God and written is Stone! Meaning they are not to be changed by Man, but are to be followed. God gave to us Free-Will, meaning the right to choose between Right and Wrong. This is what sets all human beings above the animal world.
Division of the Ten Commandments by religion/denomination Commandment Jewish (Talmudic)* Anglican, Reformed, and other Christian Orthodox Christian Roman Catholic, Lutheran** I am the Lord your God 1 preface 1 1 You shall have no other gods before me 2 1 You shall not make for yourself an idol 2 2 Do not take the name of the Lord in vain 3 3 3 2 Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy 4 4 4 3 Honor your father and mother 5 5 5 4 You shall not kill/murder† 6 6 6 5 You shall not commit adultery 7 7 7 6 You shall not steal†† 8 8 8 7 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor 9 9 9 8 You shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife 10 10 10 9 You shall not covet‡ anything that belongs to your neighbor 10
Now all things are subject to interpretation and Translation. There have been many attempts to get this right and whether or not the true understanding and meaning will ever come, we must learn to live together. We humans are a fragile race, living on our emotions and not using Gods Wisdom as our basis of love and understanding of the world’s existence.
- Obama Sanctions Islamic Blasphemy Laws in Brutal Slaughter of UN Workers, Condemns Koran Burning ‘Bigotry’ (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- “Hamid Karzai calls on US Congress to condemn pastor’s Qur’an burning” and related posts (patrickhenrypress.info)