Killings in Afghanistan sparked by the burning of a Quran in Florida have resulted in many commentators, including Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, criticizing both sides.
More than 20 people -- including seven United Nations workers -- have been killed in a series of riots since Friday, April 1.
The U.N. workers and five others were killed Friday when a crowd estimated at 20,000 overpowered and killed the U.N. guards at the U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif. The crowd, The New York Times reported, had been "stirred up by three angry mullahs." The next day, at least nine people were killed and 73 injured in Kandahar, and on Sunday at least three more were killed in Kandahar, CNN reported.
Rioters say they are seeking to avenge the March 20 burning of a Quran by Dove World Outreach Center, a small nondenominational church in Gainesville, Fla., that also made headlines last year when its pastor planned, but later cancelled, an "International Burn a Koran Day" for Sept. 11. With no more than 30 people in attendance March 20, the church put the Quran on "trial," found it guilty, and then watched as pastor Wayne Sapp burned a copy of it. Terry Jones, the pastor who made headlines last fall, supervised.
Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said both sides are wrong.
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