International day of Koran abuse protests goes on as planned

Anti-U.S. rallies erupt over handling of Quran

Newsweek is mentioned twice in this AP story. Once in a paragraph that begins

The rallies in Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere followed an admission Thursday by U.S. investigators that Islam’s holy book was mishandled at Guantanamo.

and once at the end of the article in this paragraph:

Anti-U.S. sentiment has been running high in Muslim countries since the Newsweek report. The Bush administration blamed it for demonstrations this month in Afghanistan, where more than a dozen people died and scores were injured.

So we’re back to the “the Bush administration blamed it” defense, are we? The AP apparently didn’t get the memo from the Washington Post authorizing the switch to the “the White House, the Pentagon, and others” talking point.

In neither paragraph is it mentioned that these riots were organized specifically in response to the Newsweek report as I noted last week:

Islamic groups in Pakistan have called for international anti-US protest on May 27.

“Islamic groups will hold demonstrations on May 27 across the world to condemn the desecration of Holy Qur’an in the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay,” Qazi Hussain Ahmad, head of coalition of six politico-religious groups said on Sunday.

In fact, that first paragraph I quoted seems to give the impression that it’s yesterday’s reports that sparked the demonstrations.

A simple Google for “Qazi Hussain Ahmad” and Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, the group the AP story writes organized the protests, reveals that he is the president of the group. So it’s the same guy and these are the demonstrations he called for.

Yet no one seems to be making the connection.

UPDATE: It just gets worse.

Scrappleface: U.S. Blamed for Koran Harm in WTC Collapse

I think it’s a joke. But I’m not sure it couldn’t happen.

UPDATE 2: Meanwhile:

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz seems to tell Glenn Reynolds that the MSM is paying too little attention to newly disclosed FBI documents that contained the latest Koran-in-the-toilet allegation

Read the rest at Michelle Malkin’s. As I said recently, Legacy Media has become a caricature of itself.


  1. I like how they protest mistreatment of the Koran by burning the American Flag and Constitution. I guess they already burned all Bibles they could find! Wow, I’ve learned my lesson – these are serious people asking us to respect their values, or something like that. Hypocritical and boring. Do we even have to pretend to care? VDH has a good article on subject of hypocrites: This article talks about the world champs of Koran abuse (not us):

  2. Bram: We care because it’s in *OUR* interest to care. Protecting our country, citizens, and troops is in our interest, and not having the world (especially the crazy part of it) pissed off at us is part of that.

  3. They are pissed off because they crave our technology and entertainment, because they are envious of our wealth and way of life, and because they hate themselves for wanting what we have. They despise our troops because we win battles (when is the last time an Arab army beat a non-Arab opponent?). Kind of like why the French hate us. The reasons they hate us have nothing to do with us abusing the Koran – it’s just an excuse. What a bunch of self-loathing idiots.

  4. A Few Select Passages From The Quran Indicating Islamism Is A Hateful Ism 1. He, Allah, also promises ‘boys like hidden pearls’ (56:24) and ‘youth never altering in age like scattered pearls’ (for those Islamics who have paedophiliac inclinations) (76:19), 2. He promises us that in the fight for His cause whether we slay or are slain we return to the garden of Paradise (9:111), 3. in Paradise he will ‘wed us with Houris (celestial virgins) pure beautiful ones’ (56:54), and unite us with large-eyed beautiful ones while we recline on our thrones set in lines (56:20), 4. there we are promised to eat and drink pleasantly for what we did (56:19).. As you see, Allah has promised all sorts or rewards, gluttony and unlimited sex to Muslim men who kill unbelievers in his name, 5. the Qur’an tells us: ‘not to make friendship with Jews and Christians’ (5:51), 6. ‘kill the disbelievers wherever we find them’ (2:191), 7. ‘murder them and treat them harshly’ (9:123), 8. ‘fight and slay the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem’ (9:5). 9. the Qur’an demands that we fight the unbelievers, and promises ‘If there are twenty amongst you, you will vanquish two hundred: if a hundred, you will vanquish a thousand of them’ (8:65), 10. Allah and his messenger want us to fight the Christians and the Jews ‘until they pay the Jizya [a penalty tax for the non-Muslims living under Islamic rules] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued’ (9:29), 11. Allah and his messenger announce that it is acceptable to go back on our promises (treaties) and obligations with Pagans and make war on them whenever we find ourselves strong enough to do so (9:3), 12. our God tells us to ‘fight the unbelievers’ and ‘He will punish them by our hands, cover them with shame and help us (to victory) over them’ (9:14), 13. the Qur’an takes away the freedom of belief from all humanity and relegates those who disbelieve in Islam to hell (5:10), 14. calls them najis (filthy, untouchable, impure) (9:28), 15. and orders its followers to fight the unbelievers until no other religion except Islam is left (2:193), 16. ‘non-believers will go to hell and will drink boiling water’ (14:17), 17. ‘slay or crucify or cut the hands and feet of the unbelievers, that they be expelled from the land with disgrace and that they shall have a great punishment in world hereafter’ (5:34), 18. ‘for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods’ (22:19-22), 19. ‘disgrace in this life, but on the Day of Judgment He shall make them taste the Penalty of burning (Fire)’ (22:9), 20. ‘those who invoke a god other than Allah not only should meet punishment in this world but the Penalty on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to them, and they will dwell therein in ignominy’ (25:68), 21. for those who ‘believe not in Allah and His Messenger, He has prepared, for those who reject Allah, a Blazing Fire!’ (48:13), 22. although we are asked to be compassionate amongst each other, we have to be ‘harsh with unbelievers’, our Christian, Jewish and Atheist neighbours and colleagues (48:29), 23. as for him who does not believe in Islam, the Prophet announces with a ‘stern command’: ‘Seize ye him, and bind ye him, And burn ye him in the Blazing Fire, 24. further, make him march in a chain, whereof the length is seventy cubits! This was he that would not believe in Allah Most High, 25. and would not encourage the feeding of the indigent! So no friend hath he here this Day. Nor hath he any food except the corruption from the washing of wounds, Which none do eat but those in sin.’ (69:30-37), 26. the Qur’an prohibits a Muslim from befriending a non-believer even if that non-believer is the father or the brother of that Muslim (9:23), (3:28), 27. our holy book asks us to be disobedient towards the disbelievers and their governments and strive against the unbelievers with great endeavour’ (25:52), 28. be stern with them because they belong to Hell (66:9), 29. the holy Prophet prescribes fighting for us and tells us that ‘it is good for us even if we dislike it’ (2:216), 30. ‘strike off the heads of the disbelievers’; and after making a ‘wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives’ (47:4), 31. ‘instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers’ and has ordered us to ‘smite above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them’ (8:12), 32. he also assures us that when we kill in his name ‘it is not us who slay them but Allah, in order that He might test the Believers by a gracious trial from Himself’ (8:17), 33. he orders us ‘to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies’ (8:60), 34. ‘Unless we go forth, (for Jihad) He will punish us with a grievous penalty, and put others in our place’ (9:39), 35. ‘O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern against them. Their abode is Hell – an evil refuge indeed’ (9:73), 36. we will be admitted to Paradise where we shall find ‘goodly things, beautiful ones, pure ones confined to the pavilions that man has not touched them before nor jinni’ (56:67-71) 37. ‘If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good) (3:85). And He orders us to fight them on until there is no more tumult and faith in Allah is practiced everywhere (8:39). 38. as for women the book of Allah says that they are inferior to men and their husbands have the right to scourge them if they are found disobedient (4:34), 39. it advises to ‘take a green branch and beat your wife’, because a green branch is more flexible and hurts more. (38:44), 40. it teaches that women will go to hell if they are disobedient to their husbands (66:10), 41. it maintains that men have an advantage over the women (2:228), 42. it not only denies the women’s equal right to their inheritance (4:11-12), it also regards them as imbeciles and decrees that their witness is not admissible in the courts of law (2:282), This means that a woman who is raped cannot accuse her rapist unless she can produce a male witness 43. our Holy Prophet allows us to marry up to four wives and he licensed us to sleep with our slave maids and as many ‘captive’ women as we may have (4:3), and 44. ‘Slay the idolaters wherever you find them’ (9:5) 47. We will be admitted to Paradise where we shall find ‘goodly things, beautiful ones, pure ones confined to the pavilions that man has not touched them before nor jinni’ (56:67-71). What the Qur’an Teaches Us: We have used the most widely available English text of the Qur’an and readers are welcome to verify our quotes from the holy book. Please have an open mind and read through these verses again and again. The following quotes are taken from the most trusted Yusufali’s translation of the Qur’an.