WASHINGTON— US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called a Florida church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks a "disrespectful, disgraceful act."
Others in the Obama administration weighed in against the proposed burning, including US Attorney General Eric Holder, who called it idiotic and dangerous. A US State Department spokesman branded the planned protest "un-American" while other officials warned that it could threaten US troops, diplomats and travelers overseas.
The Christian minister organizing the Koran burning said he will go ahead in spite of the government's concerns. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, a small, evangelical Christian church in Gainesville, Florida, with an anti-Islam philosophy, said he had received more than 100 death threats and had taken to wearing a pistol on his hip.