Bloomberg defends pastor who wants to burn Quran
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 00:05
  
New York: Stoking a controversy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today defended a Florida pastor's right to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"In a strange way, I'm here to defend his right to do that. I don't think he would like it if somebody burned a book in his religion that he thinks is holy," he told a press conference.

"But the First Amendment protects everybody and you can't say we're going to apply the First Amendment in only those cases where we are in agreement," he said.

Despite calls to cancel the event, the Dove World Outreach Center run by Pastor Terry Jones have decided to go ahead with the plan.

Bloomberg had also supported the controversial proposal to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she is heartened by the unequivocal condemnation of "disrespectful and disgraceful" proposed act of burning of the holy Quran.

"We sit down together for this meal on a day when the news is carrying reports that a pastor down in Gainesville, Florida plans to burn the Holy Quran on September 11th," she said in her remarks at the Iftaar Party held at the Foggy Bottom headquarter of the State Department.

"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 US leaders and opinion-makers," Clinton said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 00:05


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