Not content to simply stand by after General Petraeus’s announcement that burning copies of the quran on September 11th will put soldier’s lives in danger, the White House has now issued its own statement on the matter, condemning the potential event.
Via Huffington Post:
The Obama administration on Tuesday weighed in against a Florida church’s threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, with the State Department calling the plan “un-American” and officials saying it could threaten U.S. troops, diplomats and travelers overseas.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the administration hoped Americans would stand up and condemn the church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“We think that these are provocative acts,” Crowley said. “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.”
“We hope that between now and Saturday there will 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,” he said. “In fact, it is consistent with the radicals and religious bigots who attacked us on 9/11.”
The Obama Administration isn’t the only one to say the incident is “un-American.” In fact, that has become the theme of Human Rights First’s latest campaign to join people together to affirm religious tolerance. Reiterating the claim that “American’s Don’t Burn Books,” HRF is asking people to publically oppose the burning of the Muslim holy book via petition and by displaying a bookmark.
As one supporter wrote at Daily Kos:
You are entitled to your own opinion, after all, this is America and there is Freedom of Speech. But just as important, there is freedom of worship. Because of our freedoms, there, ironically, is the freedom to burn books. However.
Because we are Americans, because we defend and fight and preserve the right of free speech, because we have seen what happens in countries who don’t defend these freedoms, we do not burn books. Let me repeat that.
Americans Don’t Burn Books.
We print books that maybe you don’t people want to read. We print books filled with hate. We print and print and print books of all kinds, but we don’t burn books. By defending everyone’s right to speak, we defend our right to speak. By defending everyone’s right to their own religion, we defend our own right to our own religion.
Pressure on the small Florida church is expected to continue to grow in anticipation of the anniversary of the attacks this Saturday.