WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday termed plans by a small church in Florida to burn the Muslim holy book as "outrageous," and "aberational" and not representative of the United States.
In remarks made Wednesday to the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton said it was regrettable that the tiny congregation had gotten so much attention for what she called a "distrustful and disgraceful" means of marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11. 2001, terrorist attacks against the US.
She urged Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center to cancel Saturday's planned Koran burning. Jones has vowed to go ahead with the event despite pleas from senior Obama administration officials, including Clinton, that it will put Americans abroad at risk.