Nationalist Anarchists to Burn at Least One Koran

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About to create a furor again.
The leader of the Bay Area Nationalist Anarchists, the white nationalist group that got beat down by black bloc anarchists at an immigrant rights march last year, will join the right-wing furor over Sharia law by burning a Koran on Friday at a to-be-disclosed location in the Bay Area.

The group's leader, Andrew Yeoman -- whose true name is, ironically, Andrew White -- says he'll burn a Koran in solidarity with Pastor Terry Jones and his Gainesville, Florida-based church, which threatened to torch a bunch of Korans last year on September 11.

Surely readers remember this guy?

General David Patraeus had to step in, saying it was a poor decision to burn a religion's holy book for many reasons, in this case because it could compromise the security of American forces in Afghanistan.

Jones, who faced a severe backlash -- even from President Barack Obama -- backed down, only to follow though with his fiery actions last month in a bizarre "trial" and "execution" of the Muslim holy book. He had a fellow pastor burn a Koran in front of 30 people outside his church. Alas, Jones will be back in action on Friday, protesting in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich.

Recently, right-wingers have gone wild about Sharia law because of a widely misunderstood ruling by a Florida judge. Salon.com ran an excellent interview earlier this month explaining the backstory, and why the court ruling does not at all show that Islamic law is working its way into the U.S. judicial system.

But the issue has been heated enough that Tennessee and Texas legislators introduced legislation banning the use of cultural or religious laws in the United States. It has also prodded Chuck Norris -- yes, that Chuck Norris -- to write a series of articles on the issue.    

Asked to give examples of what he views as the local Sharia threat, Yeoman points to the Islamic Finance Forum that was held this month at UC Berkeley.

Yeoman says he will probably be the only one at Friday's burning. So one Koran will apparently go up in flames.

But if we learned anything from BANA's last high-profile protest of the slasher film Machete -- where protesters had promised to come armed with machetes -- it's that they are usually a buzzkill. In that protest, it was only Yeoman and a couple of supporters with cardboard machetes, passing out pamphlets at a Livermore cineplex.

Anyway, Yeoman claims that this burning "is not against Muslims, or a religion. It's against a series of laws that prescribes death for homosexuality and dress codes for women."

When we noted that his actions could be interpreted as a sign of aggression, Yeoman responded: "That's an unfortunate side effect, and we have no problem with people following a religion of their choice as long as our local traditions and practices are respected."

You mean respected in that let's-burn-the-Koran sort of way?

Yeoman says he doesn't care too much if his actions harm America's mission in the Middle East.

"As antiwar activists ourselves, we're not really concerned with the U.S. military achieving their objectives -- it's really kind of irrelevant to us," he says. "What's more important is that Sharia law is unacceptable in San Francisco and across America, and we have certain rights that our people fought and died for and if we don't exercise it, will be taken away from us."

Specifically, the right to burn holy material.

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Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.

Usaabd
Usaabd

Because I am from middle east I read and write Arabic, Islam is the Problem by "Muhammad "called himself the Prophet , Islam itself is the problem, reading the Quran and Hadith books by Arabic, Islam from beginning to the present time, incite violence, killing in daily practice. terrorism carried out in the name of Islam . Islam is the manual for terrorism. American, western Europe and free world must stand up to expose the dangerous and the hatred of Islam to the world . Islam is infected disease as concern. humanity to put an end to this kind of helplessness and cowardice in the face of this inhumane behavior.

Andrew_Yeoman
Andrew_Yeoman

Thank you for your message. Could you contact me at bayareaanarchy@gmail.com

Frank Roman
Frank Roman

"Specifically, the right to burn holy material."

Come come Ms. Smiley....you can't be serious. Are you actually going to try and convince people that the Koran is exclusively holy and untouchable?

A sodomy lovers rendition of 'Piss Christ' anyone?

Madame, you're an idiot.

Scott A Belknap
Scott A Belknap

the world better watch out for Andrew White A Yeoman he is not...

Larry Linn
Larry Linn

Let's go back to the laws of the Bible. Someone can be executed by stoning for the following:1. For touching Mount Sinai Exodus 19:13 2. For taking "accursed things" Joshua 7:1-26 3. For cursing or blaspheming Leviticus 24:16 4. For adultery (including urban rape victims who fail to scream loud enough) Deuteronomy 22:23-24 5. For animals (like an ox that gores a human) Exodus 21:28 6. For a woman who is not a virgin on her wedding night Deuteronomy 22:13-21 7. For worshipping other gods Deuteronomy 17:2-5 8. For preaching the wrong religion Deuteronomy 13:5-10 9. For disobeying parents Deuteronomy 21:18-21 10. For witches and wizards Leviticus 20:27 11. For giving your children to Molech Leviticus 20:2 12. For breaking the Sabbath Numbers 15:32-56

Christian Rosenkreutz
Christian Rosenkreutz

Andrew, as much as we can agree on so many issues, this seems to be far more damaging than it is really worth. It is the work of fundamentalists that I stand against, but not the books they draw their misguided personal interpretations from. You're isolating yourself from a large portion of your allies here. Is it really worth it to prove a point? I ask this with all sincerity.

Kevin I. Slaughter
Kevin I. Slaughter

I think it's shameful that elected officials from the president down fought against the free expression of an American citizen in favor of appeasing religious nuts on the other side of the world.America is the land of religious weirdos, and to keep it that way, we can't appease any of them, we just have to protect their rights as Americans.

TonyG
TonyG

I am burning a koran as I am writing this

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

How did the 'left' come to accept the 'stoning of women who are unfaithful' , etc. (Sharia Law)?.. I've read enough of Marx's critiques and essays (see The People {DeLeonist} and Sparticist League pamphlets.) to know that this 'support of ' just screams contradiction! It has to be a form of 'self hatred/death wish' amongst the 'professional left' , I suppose.

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