Photographs surfaced purporting to show the damaged Qurans. A photographer for Agence France-Presse said Afghans who work inside the airfield told him they obtained the Qurans there.Muslims regard the Quran as the absolute word of God. It is so highly revered that many Muslims will not pick up the holy book without ablution, a ritual washing of the hands.Desecrating the book, such as burning it, is therefore seen as an unforgivable affront -- as an act of intolerance and bigotry.
Intolerance: the act of being intolerant, or:
1. : unable or unwilling to endure2a : unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious mattersb : unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights : bigoted
So, by definition, one who protests violently against what they perceive as intolerance is guilty of intolerance, in that they are unwilling or unable to endure this act, or are unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression, especially in religious matters [I do not regard this book as sacred, but you insist that I do so, therefore you are intolerant of my beliefs]
One leader does seem to have his priorities straight:
On Tuesday, a leading Islamic scholar urged Muslims not to react violently to desecration."What is captured on the pages can be printed again. If they burn 1,000, we can print 10,000. What's the big deal?" said Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, who chairs the mosques and community affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. "A NATO soldier killing innocent people is far more painful than the burning of a Quran. I would rather they burn 100 Qurans than to hurt one woman or man or child."But his voice appears to be lost in the sea of anger.As is the case with much religious fervor and excess, reason is lost, the mob rules, chaos ensues.
Another reason why I prefer science to belief, logic to prayers.