President Obama Deounces Koran Burning: ‘Stunt’ is ‘Recruitment Bonanza for Al Qaeda’
September 9, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—President Obama denounced Pastor Terry Jones’ incendiary plans to burn copies of the Koran a “stunt” that could “endanger” our troops around the world, but he also acknowledged the the man has a constitutionally protected right of free speech. The President made his remarks during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos.
President Obama pointed out that Jones’ anti-Muslim hate is contrary to our long-standing values of tolerance for all faiths. And if the Koran burning takes place, there is a very real danger that our troops would be put in harm’s way:
OBAMA: If he’s listening, I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values of Americans. That this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance. And as a very practical matter, as commander of chief of the Armed Forces of the United States I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan. We’re already seeing protests against Americans just by the mere threat — [...]
Obama went on to say Jones’ International Burn A Koran Day is destructive and would serve as a recruitment tool for al-Qaeda.
OBAMA: Well, look, the … this is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities. You know and so you know, I just hope that, he says he’s … he’s someone who s motivated by his faith.
STEPHANOPOULOS:And he says he’s praying on it.
OBAMA:Yeah. I hope he listens to…those better angels.
STEPHANOPOULOS:Well, let me–
OBAMA:And understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in.
The full transcript of Obama’s GMA interview can be found here.