Sunday, April 3, 2011

Obama: The desecration of any holy text is an act of intolerance

U.S. President Barack Obama, said that "the desecration of the Quran is an act of extreme intolerance" and has extended its condolences to the families of those killed in protests by Muslims in Afghanistan. "Americans pay today to honor those killed in the attack on the United Nations in Mazar-e-Sharif," the president said in a statement distributed by the White House.

"The desecration of any holy text, including the Qur'an, an act of extreme intolerance," said Obama, who, however, maintained that "attack and kill innocent people in response is an affront to decency and dignity." "No religion tolerates the killing and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a disgraceful and deplorable act," said Obama.

Eleven people were killed Friday, including seven employees of the UN, Muslim protests erupted from the burning of the Koran at a church in Florida. Another nine people were killed in new demonstrations in the Afghan city of Kandahar. Terry Jones, the pastor at Dove World Outreach Church, Gainesville, Florida, where he held the burning of the sacred book of Muslims, meanwhile said on television that does not feel responsible for the violence in Afghanistan emanating from such an act.

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