Vid manifestationen talade Sara Azmeh Rasmussen. Talet är publicerat på hennes blogg Damascus in my heart:
One of the most prominent evidences of the evolution of religion and its capacity to be a part of human civilization, with its diverse expressions, is the ability to abstraction. This means a widespread understanding among believers that the holy texts and sacred symbols derive their value from the content and not their material existence.
What happened in Kabul recently, where a mob of average men in a capital city, lynched an Afghan woman by beating and kicking her until she was covered by blood, driving a car over her, throwing her from a roof, ending this savagery by burning her alive, this crime is one of many conclusive evidences that Islam regrettably has not yet reached this stage of evolution.
What has the poor woman, Farkhonda, done to deserve such a terrible end of her life?
The accusation that led to the heinous act is that she had burned the Koran. Afghan officials, some clerics and many Muslims have condemned the crime against Farkhunda on the grounds that the charge was false. Farkhonda did not burn the Koran. I ask them and the world´s Muslims today: Is the case different if we assume that the charge was true? Does it justify the brutal murder?
What if I had followed my strong desire today? What if I brought with me the copi of Koran that I own, which is one of millions, no billions of copies which are found in all parts of the world, and burned in front of you here, now?
I ask: Does it make me deserve the horrible treatment that Farkhonda went through?
The persons who would answer: "Yes, you would have deserved this punishment" can be counted to tens and hundreds of thousands. Their religion is narrow and their crimes have become many. The brutal action: killing an innocent woman in such primitive ways that one can hardly find words to describe, is not their first act of violence.