Washington: The White House has termed the
burning of the Quran as "un-American" while stressing that "absolutely nothing" justified the killings of UN personnel in Afghanistan following protests over the destruction of the
"We absolutely condemn the burning of a holy text. We
think it`s un-American and inappropriate," White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
He said "absolutely nothing" justifies the kind of
violence that took the lives of workers at the United Nations
"Our interest is not in elevating somebody whose
behaviour is inappropriate and un-American, or does not
represent what we believe are America`s values," Carney said
when asked about the radical Florida pastor, Terry Jones, who
was responsible for the incident.
"Our focus, however, is also on condemning the heinous acts that took the lives of UN workers in Afghanistan," he said.
Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in a statement yesterday said that Jones should be
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesman, said his Muslim
advocacy group tried to ignore Jones because he has a tiny
following and is not representative of mainstream American
"We believe he`s just in the mode of pure publicity seeking. We`ve purposely downplayed it as much as possible," he said.
Hooper denounced the violence as "a completely inappropriate reaction" to the pastor`s act.
"Everybody has freedom of speech. In this case, even
freedom to do stupid and reprehensible things. But everybody
also has the responsibility to act in a way that doesn`t harm
others or doesn`t lead to the harm of others," he added.
Protests over the burning of the Quran continued for the fourth day yesterday with more than 1,000 Afghans taking
to the streets.