Plan to burn Quran `un-American`, says US

The Obama administration has warned that such actions could endanger US` interests.

Washington: The Obama administration has
said the decision by a Florida Pastor to burn the holy Quran
on September 11 is "un-American" and warned that such actions
could endanger US` interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Hoping that the Florida Pastor would not commit the
act which he had announced, State Department spokesman P J
Crowley said the US is aware of the adverse implication this
would have on Americans overseas civilians, diplomats and
military.

"We think that these are provocative acts, they are
disrespectful, they`re intolerant, they`re divisive, and we`re
conscious that a number of voices have come out and rejected
what this pastor and this community have proposed.

We would like to see more Americans stand up and say
that this is inconsistent with our American values. In fact,
these actions themselves are un-American," Crowley said.

"The pastor says that he`s contemplating these actions
to combat radicalism. In fact, these actions, if they take
place, we hope they don’t actually feed radicalism,"
he said.

At the same time, Crowley said, people around the
world need to also understand that America is not represented
by one pastor or his 50 followers.

"We are a nation of 300 million people. The vast
majority of Americans are standing up this week and saying
that these contemplative actions are inappropriate, they’re
abhorrent, and this should not happen," he said.

General David Petraeus, Commander of US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan, has said that such as act potentially
put soldiers at risk.

"For any American who is travelling, any diplomat in
posts around the world, these actions, whatever their
motivation, potentially put American interest and American
lives at risk," Crowley said.

"This is a divisive potential act of disrespect of one
of the world’s great religions. And while we support and
those of us are who are constitutionally charged to defend our
freedoms, including freedom of expression, this is an action
that has potential serious ramifications.

It is a statement of intolerance that we believe is
contrary to our values and how we conduct ourselves day in and
day out here in the United States of America," he said.

Arguing that burning the Holy Quran is inconsistent
with the values of religious tolerance and religious freedom
that are innate to Americans, he said there are far better
ways to commemorate 9/11 and the religious bigotry that that
event represents than to commit yet another act of what he
would consider to be religious radicalism.

The State Department spokesman said the proposed act
to burn the Holy Quran by a Florida Pastor has the potential
to inflame public opinion around the world in a way that will
jeopardize American lives and American interests.

"It does not represent our core values as Americans.
We hope it does not happen. We hope that between now and
Saturday, there’ll be a range of voices across America that
make clear to this community that this is not the way for us
to commemorate 9/11. In fact, it is consistent with the
radicals and with those bigots who attacked us on 9/11," he
said.

"We are hopeful, between now and Saturday, that a
range of voices, whether they’re political figures, religious
figures, others, can rise and convince this community that
there are better ways of commemorating 9/11 than through this
action," he said.

"If this community goes ahead with this proposed event
on Saturday, we would hope that the rest of the world will
judge us not by the actions of one pastor or 50 followers, but
judge us by a tradition that goes back to our founding," he
argued.

The US did not indict entire countries or an entire
religion over the actions of 9/11, and it would hope that the
rest of the world does not indict the United States for the
actions of one fringe element in Florida, he noted.

PTI

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