Originally Posted by TomServo
and all the while their religion slips way past the Dark ages they wonder Why.
if your a catholic like me me you can rest assured our faith had our Worst days like 5 centurys ago. YES we had the Spanish Inquisition what? 5 centuries ago? tell me the last update the muslim faith has had?
Their religion is basically just keeping on course isn't it? To me, religion and people who believe their religion is or can be the only religion, are the root cause of a whole bunch of problems the planet is faced with these days.
Afghan official demands U.S. apology over Koran
By Sayed Salahuddin
KABUL (Reuters) - The United States should apologize for any desecration of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, and punish those responsible, a top Afghan official said on Saturday as sporadic anti-U.S. protests flared for a fifth day.
Sixteen Afghans have been killed and more than 100 hurt since Wednesday in the worst anti-U.S. protests across
Afghanistan since Americans invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for harboring
Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.
Newsweek magazine said in its May 9 edition investigators probing abuses at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay found that interrogators "had placed Korans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet."
Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence.
"If the Americans have done this, then they should admit it and punish those who did it and apologize to Muslims," Chief Justice Fazl Hadi Shinwari told Reuters.
His call echoed the demands of many of those who have been taking to the streets of Afghan towns and cities this week.
Protests erupted again on Saturday but apart from some stone-throwing, there was no violence, officials said.
"There were demonstrations .... but there was no violence, they were all peaceful," said Interior Ministry spokesman Lutfullah Mashal.
The United States has tried to calm global Muslim outrage over the incident, saying disrespect for the Koran was abhorrent and would not be tolerated, and military authorities were investigating the allegation.
Afghan protesters were out again on Saturday in the southern town of Spin Boldak, on the border with Pakistan, in neighboring Zabul province, in Farah province in the west and in Badghis in the northwest, officials said.
School students threw stones at an aid agency office in Badghis province but no one was hurt, residents said.
The protests began in the conservative eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday. Violence erupted there on Wednesday when four protesters were killed. Clashes occurred in different places on Thursday and Friday.
Afghan analysts have said Muslim outrage over the desecration report sparked the protests, not hatred of America, but there is growing resentment of U.S. troops, especially in ethnic-Pashtun areas of the south and east where they mainly operate.
The United States commands a foreign force in Afghanistan of about 18,300, most of them American, fighting Taliban insurgents and hunting militant leaders, including bin Laden.
U.S. and other foreign troops have not been involved in policing the protests.
The Outlook newspaper said there was already anti-American feeling among Muslims who saw U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq as wars against Islam.
The senseless desecration only played into the hands of fanatics who wanted to undermine democracy, it said.
The protests have hurt the prestige of President Hamid Karzai as he tries to forge closer U.S. ties and the violence could be exploited by the Taliban or others, it said.
The protesters have been venting their anger against Karzai, attacking and torching government offices and police stations as well as U.N. and aid group offices. At one protest, a white Taliban flag was raised, Outlook said.