Via First Coast News / USA Today:
At the U.S. State Department, spokesman Mark Toner said the burning of a Quran in Florida was contrary to Americans' respect for Islam and religious tolerance. "This is an isolated act done by a small group of people and ... does not reflect the respect the people of the United States have toward Islam," he said.So Karzai wants Jones arrested? Though he's likely just trying to keep the angry mobs from targeting him, it's still a ridiculous assertion but that's where 'creeping Sharia' will lead. Over at CNN, John King said he interviewed Terry Jones but didn't air it because Jones's words were too hateful.
The church's website stated that after a five-hour trial on March 20, the Quran "was found guilty and a copy was burned inside the building." A picture on the website shows a book in flames in a small portable fire pit. The church on Friday confirmed that the Quran had been burned.
In a statement, Jones did not comment on whether the church's act had led to the deaths. Instead he said it was time to "hold Islam accountable" and called on the United States and the U.N. to hold "these countries and people accountable for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities."
Last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a statement calling the burning a "crime against a religion." He denounced the U.N. attack as a "disrespectful and abhorrent act" and called on the U.S. and the United Nations to bring to justice those who burned the holy book. Karzai issued a statement late Friday calling the killings an "inhumane act" that was "against the values of Islam and Afghans." He said he planned to call officials at U.N. headquarters to express his regret and condolences from the people of Afghanistan.
Via USA Today:
On CNN's John King USA show Friday night King said he had a "lengthy interview" with Pastor Terry Jones, who has presided over burning the Quran earlier this month. But viewers will never see King's interview.Jones's decision to burn the Qur'an was clearly a stunt and an act to garner attention. The same can be said about Bill Ayers standing on a crumpled up U.S. flag. Would Ayers have been blamed if right wing extremists would have gone on a shooting rampage halfway across the world? The short answer is NO. If the media isn't careful, it's going to rally people to Jones's side in this saga. Saying it was ill-advised to burn the Qur'an is one thing. Blaming the man for other people committing murder because of it is something completely different and over the line.
People have been killed in the angry aftermath. A mob charged a U.N outpost in Afghanistan and as many as 12 were killed.
What did Jones say to that? Plenty, says King. But it was all "too hateful" to air. After long discussion within CNN, King told viewers, the interview would not be shown, even though, King says, he "pushed back hard" at Jones' anti-Islamic remarks.
Here is the video of Jones - dressed in a Judge's black robe - sentencing the Qur'an. This is what the libs are pointing to as the act that led to murder. The flipside to that argument is that the murderers proved Jones's point.
h/t Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit