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March 7, 2012
Tell Norman Wolfe ("Quran burning: Obama isn't the one who should be apologizing," March 2) that if you step on someone's toes, you apologize. If you run over someone's cat, you apologize. If you accidentally incinerate someone's book, especially a holy book, you apologize. Then you have laid the groundwork for countering or reacting to whatever vengeance the injured party has unjustly taken. I think humility is a virtue. Respect for the other party, no matter how unjust or evil that party may be, is the preferred first step in a course of action.
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September 25, 2012
One may wonder what role God plays in the eyes of those proportionally few extremists among the Christians as well as the Muslims if everyone considers himself both judge and executioner and feels impelled to predate the Day of Judgment. It is those very violent extremists, associating themselves with the religion of Islam, who through their actions insult their prophet most. Because the Quran does not imply any worldly punishment for blasphemy, let alone condone vigilantism. Quite the contrary, the Quran states repeatedly "Bear patiently what they say" and also "And when thou seest those who engage in vain discourse concerning Our Signs, then turn thou away from them until they engage in a discourse other than that.
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NEWS
September 6, 2010
It seems that in a post 9/11 world, Americans and Muslimericans (American Muslims) are at an impasse. The failed Times Square bombing and Fort Hood tragedy, along with a perceived lack of loyalty of American Muslims to this nation create an image of Muslims and Americans as being incompatible. The September 11th "Burn a Quran" day just emphasizes the racial stereotypes and religious bigotry that our Constitution is supposed to protect Muslims from. In this realm, Muslims are treated as second class citizens and their religion is compared to that of a political ideology or a cult.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
Tell Norman Wolfe ("Quran burning: Obama isn't the one who should be apologizing," March 2) that if you step on someone's toes, you apologize. If you run over someone's cat, you apologize. If you accidentally incinerate someone's book, especially a holy book, you apologize. Then you have laid the groundwork for countering or reacting to whatever vengeance the injured party has unjustly taken. I think humility is a virtue. Respect for the other party, no matter how unjust or evil that party may be, is the preferred first step in a course of action.
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By Liz F. Kay and Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
A Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Quran — originally scheduled for Saturday , the anniversary of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks — has been the subject of heated debate around the country, across the globe and in classrooms of a Northeast Baltimore school. A group of students from City Neighbors Charter School gathered on Belair Road at Glenmore Avenue early Friday morning to protest in favor of tolerance. They shouted and waved signs urging drivers to hit their horns to support religious freedom — and motorists obliged.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2005
Newsweek officially retracted yesterday a report that said U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had desecrated the Quran, which sparked rioting in Afghanistan and Pakistan that claimed at least 15 lives and drew denunciations from the Bush administration. After a weekend of half-measures in which the magazine apologized for the report without retracting it, Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker said in a brief statement late yesterday, "Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay."
NEWS
April 4, 2011
There's no doubt that the publicity-seeking Florida minister who burned a Quran to demonstrate his hatred of Muslims committed a pointlessly provocative and reprehensible act. But the reaction of Afghan rioters who killed at least innocent 20 people in retaliation for what they saw as an intolerable insult to Islam is even more indefensible. And while there are plenty of Americans willing to speak out against anti-Muslim intolerance, where are the Afghan leaders willing to condemn the violence committed by their fellow Muslims?
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By John Hendren and John Hendren,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 27, 2005
WASHINGTON - A military investigation has found that American soldiers abused Muslim prisoners' Qurans at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, five times but found "no credible evidence" to back a claim that a Quran was flushed down a toilet, the prison's commander said yesterday. The five incidents that could be broadly defined as mishandling a Quran brought two punishments, Brig. Gen. Jay Hood told reporters at the Pentagon, in the most detailed account to date of allegations that military guards and interrogators at the prison had mishandled Islam's holy book.
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By Halima Kazem and Halima Kazem,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 12, 2005
KABUL, Afghanistan - Police opened fire yesterday on protesters who were smashing windows, burning pictures of President Bush and shouting "Death to America" in reaction to reports that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Quran. Officials reported that four demonstrators were killed and 71 injured. The protests in the southern city of Jalalabad followed publication of an article in Newsweek magazine that said investigators probing abuses at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had discovered that interrogators "had placed [Qurans]
NEWS
September 9, 2010
The decision by a Florida pastor to call off plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks averts an incident that would surely have harmed the United States in the view of Muslims worldwide — and would likely have put American troops at greater risk in Afghanistan. But the Rev. Terry Jones' acquiescence to pressure from everywhere from the White House to the Vatican does not erase the growing stain of Islamophobia in this country.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
First, a bunch of dimwits destroy our credibility with the Iraqi people in particular and the Islamic world in general by their actions at Abu Ghraib and now another group of idiots does the same in Afghanistan by burning the Quran ("Qurans burned, so have bridges," March 2). Didn't they get the memo that in asymmetrical warfare the idea is to win the hearts and minds of the indigenous people, not to antagonize them? I'm quite certain that the family and friends of the late Major Robert J. Marchant II wishes they had. Marc Raim, Baltimore
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2012
As violent protests continued in Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book by NATO forces, the Pentagon confirmed Monday that a Maryland National Guard major was one of two U.S. military officers shot to death inside a ministry building in the heart of the Afghan capital over the weekend. Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, 48, a longtime physical-education teacher in the Baltimore County public schools, had been working since September as a mentor to the Afghan National Police, part of the NATO partnering mission at the center of U.S. strategy in the country.
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By William Egginton | May 10, 2011
Whether it's the U.S. president ordering the killing of an Islamist extremist in Pakistan, a Long Island congressman scheduling hearings on the radicalization of Islam in America, or mullahs in Afghanistan exhorting mobs to violence in response to a Florida preacher burning a copy of the Quran, it's hard to avoid the impression that the West is at war with Islam. Critics of religion have used the scenario of a great conflict between the modern, secular West and a medieval, spiritual Islam to argue that religion itself is the problem and that even moderate religious belief cultivates extremism.
NEWS
May 4, 2011
As a member of the American Ahmadiyya Muslim community, I am relieved over the news of Osama bin Laden's death and congratulate my fellow Americans on this accomplishment in the war against terrorism. However, this war is far from over. President Obama rightly stated: "Our war is not with Islam. " Neither the Quran or Prophet Muhammad's life support these inhumane ideologies. I urge my fellow Muslim-Americans to strongly reject and denounce the perverse un-Islamic ideologies that promote violence and terrorism.
NEWS
April 6, 2011
Whoever penned the editorial asking the Afghans to renounce violence must be kidding ("The U.S. has condemned Quran burning; will Afghans condemn the violence?" April 5). Has that laureate been asleep for 10 years? We have been bombarding that unfortunate country since 2001 in a maladroit attempt to find the people responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. Even though University of Minnesota Professor Juan Cole reported that 92 percent of the people in Kandahar and Helmand provinces have never heard of 9/11.
NEWS
April 4, 2011
There's no doubt that the publicity-seeking Florida minister who burned a Quran to demonstrate his hatred of Muslims committed a pointlessly provocative and reprehensible act. But the reaction of Afghan rioters who killed at least innocent 20 people in retaliation for what they saw as an intolerable insult to Islam is even more indefensible. And while there are plenty of Americans willing to speak out against anti-Muslim intolerance, where are the Afghan leaders willing to condemn the violence committed by their fellow Muslims?
NEWS
April 6, 2011
Whoever penned the editorial asking the Afghans to renounce violence must be kidding ("The U.S. has condemned Quran burning; will Afghans condemn the violence?" April 5). Has that laureate been asleep for 10 years? We have been bombarding that unfortunate country since 2001 in a maladroit attempt to find the people responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. Even though University of Minnesota Professor Juan Cole reported that 92 percent of the people in Kandahar and Helmand provinces have never heard of 9/11.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
One may wonder what role God plays in the eyes of those proportionally few extremists among the Christians as well as the Muslims if everyone considers himself both judge and executioner and feels impelled to predate the Day of Judgment. It is those very violent extremists, associating themselves with the religion of Islam, who through their actions insult their prophet most. Because the Quran does not imply any worldly punishment for blasphemy, let alone condone vigilantism. Quite the contrary, the Quran states repeatedly "Bear patiently what they say" and also "And when thou seest those who engage in vain discourse concerning Our Signs, then turn thou away from them until they engage in a discourse other than that.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 27, 2011
OK, put your books away. We're having a pop quiz. Below are four quotes. Each is from one of two sources: the Bible or the Quran — although, just to make things interesting, there's also a chance all four are from one book. Two were edited for length and one of those was also edited to remove a religion-specific reference. Your job: Identify the holy book of origin. Ready? Go: • "... Wherever you encounter [nonbelievers], kill them, seize them, besiege them, wait for them at every lookout post ... " • "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
A Reuters article in The Sun ( "Pakistani leader condemns Quran burning," March 23) quoted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as stating, "I ... strongly condemn, on behalf the people of Pakistan and on my own belief, the deliberate desecration of the Holy Quran by a fanatic in Florida. " He also called on the United Nations to address the matter. In reaction there was demonstration and the people of Pakistan were permitted to burn American Flags. The president said it was a serious setback to efforts to promote harmony in the world.
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