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Worldwide uproar over Quran burning

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 9, 2010

Afghan police went on alert yesterday to guard against demonstrations triggered by a U.S. church’s plan to burn a copy of the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, which has drawn global condemnation.

Tension has risen with the approach of the ninth anniversary on Saturday of the Sept. 11 hijacked airliner attacks on the United States and the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated today or tomorrow.

Plans by Terry Jones, the pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Fla., to burn a copy of the holy Muslim book have added to what U.S. religious leaders have described as an “anti-Muslim frenzy.”

The United Nations said such an act would be “abhorrent.”

“On behalf of the United Nations and the whole international community present in Afghanistan, I would like to express in the strongest possible terms our concern and, indeed, outrage at the announcement by a small religious group abroad of their intention to burn copies of the holy book of the Quran,” United Nations envoy Staffan de Mastura said in a statement issued in Kabul.

The planned Quran-burning by the Dove World Outreach Center sparked protests by several hundred Afghans in Kabul this week, mostly students from religious schools. Gathered outside of a mosque in the Afghan capital, they chanted “death to America.”

A senior police official in Kabul, who asked not to be identified, said that an Interior Ministry anti-demonstration unit had been put on high alert yesterday in case protests broke out.

Pastor dead set on book burning

Pastor Terry Jones of a little-known Protestant church in Gainesville, Fla., said yesterday that he will go ahead with burning the Quran, despite official warnings that it will endanger American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are still determined to do it, yes,” Jones told the CBS “Early Morning” show.

He said that he wanted the event to send a “warning” to so-called hard-line Muslims, who he said were intent on exerting influence over the United States.

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