White House Trying to Stop Minister from Burning Quran

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday called a Florida church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks a "disrespectful, disgraceful act."
Others in the Obama administration weighed in against the proposed burning, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who called it idiotic and dangerous. A State Department spokesman branded the planned protest "un-American" while other officials warned that it could threaten U.S. troops, diplomats and travelers overseas.
The Christian minister organizing the Quran burning said he will go ahead in spite of the government's concerns. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, a small, evangelical Christian church in Gainesville, Fla., with an anti-Islam philosophy, said he had received more than 100 death threats and had taken to wearing a pistol on his hip.
In Washington, a broad coalition of religious leaders from evangelical, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim organizations called Jones' plan a violation of American values.
Clinton condemned the threat to burn the Quran during her remarks at a State Department dinner she hosted in observance of Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths," Clinton said.
At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs echoed concerns raised by Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, about the plans. Petraeus said earlier that images of the event would be used by extremists "to inflame public opinion and incite violence."
"Any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm's way would be a concern to this administration," Gibbs told reporters.
Holder met Tuesday with religious leaders to discuss recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the United States. The meeting was closed to reporters, but a Justice Department official who was present confirmed that Holder said the plan to burn the holy book was idiotic. The official, who requested anonymity because the meeting was private, also said Holder was quoting Petraeus when he used the word "dangerous."
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the administration hoped that more Americans would stand up and condemn the church's plan.
"We think that these are provocative acts," Crowley said. "We would like to see more Americans stand up and say that this is inconsistent with our American values; in fact, these actions themselves are un-American."
"We hope that between now and Saturday there will be a range of voices across America that make clear to this community that this is not the way for us to commemorate 9/11," he said. "In fact, it is consistent with the radicals and religious bigots who attacked us on 9/11."
Crowley defended his choice of the term "un-American" to describe the planned Quran burning, saying it was "a divisive potential act of disrespect to one of the world's great religions."
"While we support (and) defend our freedoms, including freedom of expression, this is an action that has potential serious ramifications," he said.
U.S. diplomats had already reported small-scale demonstrations against the Quran burning in several countries "where anxiety levels are building because of the publicity surrounding this proposed action," he said. "It does put the lives of ordinary Americans at risk, as well as diplomats, as well as soldiers."
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he too was concerned about the effect the planned Quran burning may have. "Of course there is a risk it will also have a negative impact on the security for our troops," Rasmussen told reporters in Washington, ahead of a meeting with Obama at the White House.

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  • by david Location: charlotte on Sep 8, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    this just goes to show how violent muslems are compare this with the filth that the world has put out with jesus shooting up drugs and deplicting jesus as a homosexual you dont see christens threating others with harm they know that these pepol that put out this filth will someday give account for their actions on the other hand muslems freak when mohomed is made fun of in cartoons the islamic religion is bent on world domination weather you beleve it or not there will be a day that pepol will be givin a choice accept islam or die read rev. in the bible what happens to pepol that will not accept the mark of the beast beheaded what religion in the world these days beheads pepol that will not conform to their wishes and goverments of the world are bowing down like scared mice how long will it be before you have to make that choice become muslem or die
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    With all due respect, Those Insurgents have been yelling DEATH to Americans for years.. And after barack says the war was over, and our troops are pulling out, the Scum Islamic Extremists./Insurgents are still firing on our troops. It's okay for those people to burn thousands alive by crashing planes into our trade towers..but burn a koran and they get upset? Who cares..They;ve dictated to us long enough. If they dont like it..perhaps they should shut down their satellite in their caves so they dont hear the news..
  • by salteb Location: Michigan on Sep 8, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    I wish they would go after those who burn the American flag with this much media and response.
  • by just me Location: jackson on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    if media would downplay this event and not post update this will pass with little notices, all this minister is looking for is a front page. Don't give him the time of day. We found this to be true when the KKK cane to Hillsdale, they didn't get the rise, press, nor the reaction they wanted so now they stay away. Maybe we let the media run thing for us.
  • by Mari Location: Indianapolis on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    just throw fuel on the fire--more reasons for the Islamic world to kill our solders & americans over in the Middle east (they will think of any reason--but this just puts fuel on the fire)--How stupid--the Pastor Terry Jones needs to stop!
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    I could care a less one way or the other but what I do see is a double standard here. I can remeber many times the Christians being attacked and their bibles being destroyed on the news along with many of cartoons of Jesus being deplicted in many of tastless rolls. I guess thats what ticks me off is you cant have it both ways. The other thing I see is the obama guy says he isnt islamic but this sure got his shorts in a knot. Wonder why when three weeks ago when The gay comunity was trashing the christians and burning the christian flag why he didnt say a word nor did we see anything here on this web site. See what I mean. I think its all a joke but you still have freedom here and we may not all see it the same way. They can burn the flag and thats ok, they can draw pictures of all the Gods and thats ok, They can attack the popes character and draw pictures of him and thats ok,but do not say or do anything against islam or that mohamid dude and your being atacked, I say Burn it go ahead
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    Burn baby Burn
  • by Don Location: Jackson on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    This is America, that no good for nothing president has no right taking away peoples freedoms. Any so called religion that believes there will be 7 virgins waiting at the perly gates then flies jetliners into our buildings, killing innocent people, how is that a religion. That's a far fetched taught Ideology. What a bunch of NUTS!!!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    Bill from Charlotte, as much as I am totally for free speech, this is not just a simple matter of protecting that right. If you pay attention to the messages behind what they are saying, it makes sense for them to speak out in the way government officials have. It will only incite people who already look for reasons to lash out against Americans, and do we really need to encourage them to hate us even more by demonstrating the same type of volatile behavior? No one, though, should expect this ridiculous man and his followers to listen to anything that resembles reason. This group has fully aligned themselves with and thrown full support behind the hateful Westboro Baptist church group, so these are not people who care about reason and logic and other such "nonsense". What they're doing serves no other purpose but to get their names in the news, and unfortunately they have been successful in doing so. These are the types of people I wish would stay hidden.
  • by Suz Location: Charlotte, MI on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    What ever happened to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". I am a Christian, and wonder how that Minister would like it if a group of people got together and burned the Bible!
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