(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Anticipating backlash in its own country following the attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya, the government in Afghanistan has blocked an anti-Islamist video promoted by Florida pastor Terry Jones, whose threat to burn the Quran two years ago spurred deadly riots.
A statement by the government condemned the film, Innocence of Muslims, saying, “This heinous act has created outrage and anxiety for all peace-loving humans who back up the idea of peaceful coexistence.”
Among other things, the movie calls the Prophet Mohammed a fake and a womanizer. Such allegations are considered the height of blasphemy in the Muslim world.
Meanwhile, the Taliban issued a statement that urged its followers to take revenge against America “by dealing a heavy blow to its invading troops on the battlefield”.
The video was produced by an American and promoted by an Egyptian Christian living in the U.S., although it’s Jones who has once again become a lightning rod for criticism for posting the inflammatory video.
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