US government, military leaders warn against Qur’an burning
Catholic World News - September 08, 2010
A Florida Protestant minister’s plan to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11 has drawn condemnation from US government and military leaders. Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville has received more than 100 death threats since he announced his plans in July.
“Images of the burning of a Qur’an would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan-- and around the world-- to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” said Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan.
Speaking at a dinner marking the end of Ramadan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the planned Qur’an burning a “disrespectful, disgraceful act,” and Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly referred to the act as “idiotic and dangerous.”
“Any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm’s way would be a concern to this administration,” added White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($57,347 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!