US condemns Quran desecration

State dept spokes­man condem­ns desecr­ation of the Holy Quran by pastor­ Terry Jones in Florid­a.


Quatrina Hosain March 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


US State Department Spokesperson Mark C Toner on Friday condemned the burning of the Holy Quran by pastors in Florida, saying “we condemn such acts as disrespectful, intolerant and divisive.”


The US State Department had arranged an international audio-based press conference for journalists in South Asia on the continuing crisis in Libya, but Toner prefaced his opening remarks by condemning the desecration of the Holy Quran.

He said public condemnation had come in from several US organisations. “We are deeply concerned. We firmly believe in freedom of religion and freedom of expression,” Toner said, adding that these are universal rights enshrined in the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He further said that the “deliberate destruction of any holy book is abhorrent.”

When asked if any criminal prosecution was possible, Toner said this was a legal issue and not within the jurisdiction of the State Department and was for the authorities in Florida to determine. He added that the action of the Florida pastors did not represent the vast majority of Americans.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2011.

COMMENTS (40)

pakpinoy | 10 years ago | Reply @ All: My posts keep being rejected for no apparent reason! There is a great article by Christine Fair in Foreign Policy Magazine. It explains the realities of the reactions to the Quran burning better than any other piece — afpak DOT foreignpolicy DOT com. Search for “Murder at Mazar”. The truth is hard to swallow sometimes when emotionalism and honor cloud the view…
Ike | 10 years ago | Reply Reply (Your comment is awaiting moderation) It is very mild…he should be actually told to be much more; I am being very civil, under such circumstance... Now where is my constitutional freedom of expression? Are constructional rights only for the offenders? That is what is called flawed rules of laws, of govern Nance. .
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