September 9th, 2010
07:46 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama says Quran burning is 'recruitment bonanza' for al Qaeda

 Indonesian Muslims protest in Jakarta on Wednesday about a planned Quran burning event in Florida, U.S. on September 11.
Indonesian Muslims protest in Jakarta on Wednesday about a planned Quran burning event in Florida, U.S. on September 11.

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday said a Florida church's plans to burn dozens of Qurans this weekend would be a "recruitment bonanza" for al Qaeda.

"You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan," Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America."

"This could increase the recruitment of individuals who'd be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities."

Obama said he hoped the pastor, Terry Jones, understands that the planned burning is a "destructive act" that may have a dangerous fallout.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Obama, do you not think that allowing the mosque to be built at ground zero is going to be a recruitment tool for al Qaeda? It will show the entire Muslim community that they have defeated the U.S.

    September 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. g

    all holy books are full of killing, hate, wars,murder, greed, burn them all

    September 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Tina in PA

    And they say racism is gone, yeh right. There is not basis for this nonsense. If you're a Christian you don't try and demean others. What good can become of this? This preacher refuses to believe there could be blood on his hands. Now it bringing out more nut bags right here in America that want to do the same. This country is going backwards.

    September 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Ask this same "preacher" (of hate) what he would have to say about Muslims burning King James Bibles...
    This is a dangerous man threatening inflammatory action...
    He IS screaming "FIRE" in a crowded theater.

    September 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Gordon Shumway

    Instead of burning the Koran, Obama would rather burn the Torah and show his true allegiance.

    September 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Fed Up

    Didn't Obama say that the Muslims have a "right" to build their mosque in Manhattan? Doesn't make it right. The pastor also has a "right:" to burn the Quran. Doesn't make that right either. Can't have it both ways. I don't agree with the pastor, but such is life in America.

    September 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Clwyd

    If this nut case pastor of only 50 in his congregation continues with the burning I will burn a Bible!

    September 9, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. C Smith

    Why don't they just arrest these idiots before they begin to burn? They can deal with the legal ramifications later. However, this will show the world that not all of America is made up of intolerant nutjobs.

    September 9, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Florida Guy

    Yes, me must be respectful of Islam because they are "The Religion of Peace".

    If you do anything that they perceive as being disrepectful to Islam, then THEY WILL TRY TO KILL YOU!!!!

    Does anyone else see a contradiction here?

    September 9, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. greg in jax fl

    They just dont care about anyone else but themselves. if Jesus were here today he would run them out of the temple.

    September 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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