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Hillary Clinton condemns Koran burning

Says its “disrespectful” and “disgraceful”


Hillary Clinton severely criticized the evangelical Dove World Outreach Centre’s plans to destroy the Koran on Saturday, September 11. The American Secretary of State’s statements were delivered when she was hosting an Iftar meal to celebrate 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, from evangelical Christians to Jewish rabbis, as well as secular U.S. leaders and opinion-makers,” said Clinton, reported the Telegraph. Gen David Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, also called for the plans to be abandoned saying the actions would serve to inflame public opinion and incite violence. A spokesperson for the church says that they are still planning to burn the Koran.


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Hillary Clinton condemns Koran burning

  1. The Dove World Outreach Centre "plan" proves that fools come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

    • ….. and with funny mustaches too. Remember Hitler?

  2. My suggestion: if Pastor Terry Jones really wants to make a statement about standing up against Islam and show them that he's not intimidated by their faith, he should fly to Afghanistan and try burning a Quran in a Kabul marketplace. That would send a very strong message….in both directions.

    It's kind of scary when even Sarah Palin acts as the voice of American reason and condemns the action as an "insensitive and unnecessary provocation".


  3. This pastor must be so desperate to gain more followers that he resort to such idiotic show op. Send him and anyone like him to Afganistan.

  4. Too funny, last week liberals were falling all over themselves defending Muslim's rights to build their victory Mosque at Ground Zero, this week they're slamming this guy for an equally ignorant expression.

  5. I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between this and when P.Z. Meyers destroyed/desecrated a Koran two years ago.

    Surely a professor of biology in Minnesota has as much standing in society as a pentecostal minister in Florida. Why didn't we scream about it then?

    • I think times have changed a little bit since then.

      Most notably, the planned Cordoba mosque at ground zero revealed a backlash that was growing against Islam underground in recent times, and this koran burning is in the same time frame. I don't think it's a matter of any form of hypocrisy, just simply that events that have occurred in the past two years have awakened people to the reality that exists outside of the liberal media.

  6. I also condemn this burning as harmful, dim-witted, and infantile.

    However, I would strongly disagree with those who compare this to Nazi book-burnings; and would fight tooth-and-nail to ensure that this kind of free-expression remains permissable in our society.

    It's a free speech thing I have.

  7. Here the west is fighting for pollution in the air and at the same time the so called religious leader is producing one by burning the HOLY QORAN. Pls U so called Johns stop polluting our country. Try and do this horrible act of yrs in the Muslim world and see how far or how long u will breath.

    • Let me begin, Abdul…may I call you 'Abdul'?…by complimenting you on your sensitive, stereotype-shattering comments.

      Too many in the Western world see Islam as a life-denying, life-destroying force animating hatred, violence, and extremism among its followers. So, thank you, Abdul, for reminding Macleans readers of what Islam stands for and expressing it so clearly. Much obliged.

      In any nation as large as the United States…population 320 million and rising…there will be lunatics, deviants, and sociopaths. That's the tyranny of a normal distribution curve. In the United States, there are many thousands…hell, maybe millions…who qualify among the foregoing. The miracle IMHO is that there is only one Reverand Terry Jones of the Dove Outreach Center and 50 of his loonie followers.

      There are 10-12 million Muslims living in the United States. What the Dove Outreach Center plans to do is calculated to offend them, you, and your brethren. It is a provocation meant to bring out the absolute worst in Islam. Would you care to take a bet on whether Muslims take the bait?

  8. Leave this moron alone. He's a nothing – but the media is trying to portray him like a "something" with all this reporting. He's the so-called pastor of a tiny, little known church in some remote corner of Florida which has only a small congregation of about 50 other morons. With this attention that he's getting he will either attract 50 other morons – or if the people of this community are intelligent enough, they will boycott his little "den". All this idiot wanted was this media attention – and he got it. And now, for the better or the worst, he's known all over the world. This is not the first time any religious books had been burnt anywhere. In 2008, Jews from Or-Yehuda – a city near Tel Aviv in Israel – forcibly collected hundreds of Bibles from Christians and Messianite Jews and burnt them in a bonfire. But there was no protests or condemnation from any quarters of the Christian world. So let these morons do what they think is within their "freedom of expression" – but don't take any notice of them. After all, they are all morons!

  9. In the United States of America, some people desecrate the Holy Bible and the Stars and Stripes. It's what happens in the United States of America. What is so special about the Quran?

  10. If there weren't so many churches burned in the Muslim world (Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, Bahrain, Nigeria, Egypt) and if there weren't so many Christians, Jews, atheists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains murdered in the Muslim world, and if the Muslim religion did not support unfair and unequal taxation of Christians and Jews it is supposed to be protecting, I would condemn the burning of the Qu'ran. Muslims have to understand that in the USA, criticism of EVERYTHING is allowed, and drawing unsympathetic cartoons of anyone is allowed. It may be provocative (to some people) and it may be unfair, or crude, or whatever, but it is defended by the Constitution, and this will not change. Religion should be a private matter, and not imposed.

  11. Does anybody remember Hillary Clinton condemning the World Trade Center massacre? She needs to keep her taxpayer funded nose out of religious matters, or resign.