Lakeland, Florida (CNN) – The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.
“We have to look at it as a moral issue, it’s a sensitivity issue, and we should not be supporting something like that,” state Rep. Jennifer Carroll told reporters Wednesday at a campaign event in Lakeland, the Scott campaign’s first public comments about the controversial protest.
Scott is battling Democrat Alex Sink in the governor’s race.
Asked to clarify if she believes the protest should be allowed to proceed, Carroll's spokeswoman Erin Isaac responded: “No.”
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville is moving forward with the protest, scheduled for Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, have condemned the protest and warned that images of the Quran burning could inflame anti-American sentiment and put U.S. troops' lives at risk.
Carroll also said she “would not agree” with Jones’ characterization of Islam as “evil.”
Scott’s running mate was appearing at Polk County GOP headquarters on behalf of Senate candidate Marco Rubio, who scrapped his campaign schedule this week following the death of his father.
Sink also condemned the planned demonstration in a statement Wednesday.
"I stand with General Petraeus in condemning the planned burning of the Quran, as it could put our brave troops in harm's way. I also feel this display of hatred and intolerance is not in keeping with the values and spirit of our state," she said.
Updated 1:55 p.m.
Jones holds the Bible in one hand and hate in the other hand. Jones is what I call a Sunday morning Christian and the other 6 days of the week he works for the Devil.
Gotta love the BS coming out of the right's anus at this point. Not a single GOPer stood up and called that pastor's plan wrong or dangerous or disrespectful or the height of moral terpitude until Patraeus and other military commanders made comments about it endangering troops. Suddenly, it's politically expedient to lambaste what they obviously previously felt was a good ole fashioned Christian book burning that served those heathen brown people right.
Scott can stuff this disingenuous nonsense right back where it came from.
Wouldn't it be nice if our media got this riled up when some one burns the American flag?
Step on the accelerator to campaign, but not a single one of you has spoken out about the church that is planning to burn Qurans. Personally I think republicans want this to take place knowing that it will inflame the Muslim radicals and will cause them to carry out some kind of terrorist act and then the republicans will say " see we told you that Obama could not protect the country"
That is the bottom line.
Wow! it took a black GOP to recognize this. Amazing
Anyone that promotes violence and then say they are a Christian need to sit down. The bible when i read it says love thy neighbor as thy self and it also says if a man says he Loves GOD whom he have not seen and HATES his brother that he have seen the bible says he is a liar. You win People over thru Love not hate.
Unfortunately, low life, piece of garbage people like Terry Jones (not to be confused with Terry Jones from Monty Python), who are part racist, and part insane, are protected by the constitution.
Instigating violence, accomplishes nothing. The Quran burning is a bad idea, by a pastor who should be fired.
All of you Republican Jihadist are hypocrites. It's because of your constant Islam bashing that people like this idiot so called "Minister" gets these stupid ideas. And now you want to act shocked that some countru bumpkin yahoo want's to practically start a holy war . You make mew sick Republicans and this is your fault. You created these monsters. Morons!