September 10th, 2010
11:54 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Burning Quran 'not what this country stands for'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that the idea that "we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is contrary to what this country stands for."

He said he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones "prays on it" and refrains from doing it.

The government has to send a "very clear message" that burning the Quran endangers U.S. troops and is a major recruiting tool for al Qaeda," Obama added.


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  1. WILLARD BULLOCK

    I ask people of untied state aremicia that why musilims was killed of 13 people at fort hood texas so country musilim and islam must get out of untied states amercian cause musilim and isliam are keep dangerous of terroist

    September 10, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Independant Vet

    Nothing can change Barracks Uh , Uh .

    Yet he does not condem them from saying "DEATH TO AMERICA " An we as Americans , have not for got FT. Hood.. As many were gunned down .

    Why didn't chickem little , just come out a say what he was thinking an beliving in . Most know he would be the first to enroll at the Mosque. UH HUH UH

    Sooner than later we will be playing Cowboys and Muslims.

    God Bless America , Fly your Flag , the red white an Blue . An remember 9 11 an our troops that are doing there Job An thank them for serving . A Men.

    September 10, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. CutTax

    I think president of USA Mr. Barak HUSSEIN Obama has to defend 1-st Amendment for any case, not only for Mosques builders.

    September 10, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. John G

    So this country doesn't stand for freedom of speech? Demcorats think the Constitution only applies to them.

    September 10, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Meka

    America has Military across the World. The Consequences of Burning of Qurans, is very dangerous.

    That is the difference between the Mosque in New York, and this person in Gainsville Florida!

    September 10, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. KLS

    Shame on this Pastor for not caring about our war heros!!!!!!!!

    What this man is wanting to do puts everyone one of our our brave men and women are fighting oversea for all the freedoms we enjoy in danger!! Please, please think of their safety!! Their lives MUST ALWAYS come first!! Doesn't he vaule them at all??

    As a nation we need to stand by our troops and do what's best for them instead of putting them in additonal harms way.

    President Obama does believe in freedom of speech and the American values we all hold dear.

    September 10, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. D-block

    I've never known the American peolpe to be scared of anyone. This is the greatest, bravest counrty on earth. We are the best. No one can stop us if we stick together. That's what makes us different that those who want to hurt us. Remeber that!!!!

    September 10, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. commonsense

    People continue to reference to the Founding Father's of this country as if they were ordained by God and to the Constitution as if it came down from God. Americans don't understand that the Constitution was flawed from its inception, because it advocated "freedom" as this country enslaved an entire race of people. So when people make reference to the Founding Fathers and to the Constitution I find there argument to be misguided.
    Freedom of speech must be accompanied by responsibility. We all must be tolerant of people whose religious beliefs are different from our own. And to burn a religious book of another people because you disagree with it is just plan ignorant. And for those of you who say that it’s this so-called pastor’s right, it must be accompanied by responsibility. The responsibility to be tolerant of the belief and ideas of others.

    September 10, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let me try posting again......... CNN censored me........... Why?

    The Republicans have always wrapped themselves in the Flag & Faith. Its how they sell themselves to America. Poor people are mislead, many Christian think "The Republicans are pro-life!" Really? Is war pro-life? Is killing 100's of thousands of Iraqis and our own Troops........ for OIL .......pro-life?

    President Obama is right, we are a Nation of Laws and Freedoms! He must speak out against an act of hate, which is what burning the Quran is!
    And he must support the building of a Mosque .......two blocks ...... away..... from Ground Zero.

    To those who are Christian let me remind you, Jesus said:
    "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you; 'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you......" (Mat. 5:43-44 NIV)

    Hate is not a Christian value.

    September 10, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Ted

    This act, while OK in this country, is not OK worldwide. We have freedoms that other countries will never have and therefore they misunderstand our way of live, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    But I do think that the government should have a contingent of FBI or police and a fire truck with a big hose standing by so that this fool pastor doesn't do something very stupid.

    September 10, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. KLS

    To Barbara in PA:

    Just so you are informed the people of CO proudly have lined up to block the religious idiots from KS who protest against our fallen heros so the family can say good-bye to their loved on in peace!!!!!!!!!

    Just where do you get you information??????????????/

    September 10, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    Archie B September 10th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

    "Oh, but it would be a different story if someone in a foreign country were burning our flag,a bible or an American in effigy."

    I don't give a fat rat's behind what foreigners do with our flag. America is the only country in the world to wrap themself in a flag, that BTW was made in China! What really offends me is when I see Americans:

    1) WEARING the flag, either draped in a flag, or wearing costumes fashioned to look like a flag.

    2) Fastening their business cards to little flags and lining rights of way on major thoroughfares with them.

    3) Eating & drinking off flag-embossed paper plates & cups, and wiping their mouths with flag-embossed napkins, then tossing said plates, cups & napkins into the trash can when they're done.

    All of the above are violations of United States Federal flag laws, and as Americans we should know better.

    September 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    What ever happen to Obozo supporting freedom of speech? He'll speak out against this guy but won't say how unwise it is to build the Ground Zero Mosque? I guess it is clear that we are expected to tolerate the people plotting to murder innocent civilians while we bend over backwards to ensure we don't upset their sensitive feelings.

    Obozo says we are not at war with Islam, but I have a news flash for you fool. Islam is at war with us! I guess you can't see that from your ivory tower.

    September 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. jbNYC

    ... yet Obama and most dems believe its ok to burn the US flag.. go figure?

    September 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. KLM

    It amazes me when I read these comments. We are free to burn the flag of our nation, we are free to make scornful references and effigy's of every christian religion, but our President says that and individuals right to burning of the Quran is not wahat this country was founded on. Several post here have stated that the country was founded on Freedom of religion, that was but one of the foundations. The driving principle behind the country's founding was that of freedom. Freedom to worship or not as one so chooses, freedom from threat and recrimination for choosing not to believe as another does, Freedom to act and behave as one sees fit, so long as that action does not exceed itself so as to inflict itself on the rights of others. All of these are constantly open to interpretation, and are defined by the majority opinion. However until the high court of the land has made a ruling that supossedly reflects the majority opinion; there is nothing that restricts the burning of the burning of the Quran or any other religious text. In fact it could be argued that it in and of itself is an expression of the freedom of speech, which is a protected right of every American citizen. Remember ealier the mention of the burning of the American Flag, the supreme court has already ruled on this as being an article covered under freedom of speech.

    September 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. KLS

    To Chuck, Tennessee:

    Would burning a bunch of bibles put our brave military fighting overseas into danger???

    Please think about that for a few minutes! !!!

    September 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Emerson

    "President Barack Obama said Friday that the idea that "we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is contrary to what this country stands for."

    Thank you, Mr. President for voicing the truth.

    September 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Snow

    Yep, radical muslims can kill innocent women,children and men for no other reason than they are not muslims. They burn our bibles and burn our flag at the same time preaching tolerance. I say burn the quran's even though it will insult the muslims including nobummer. At the same time we should pull out our troops from all combat roles overseas.

    September 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Susan

    This IDIOT PASTOR is not only putting our men and women in the military in danger but he is putting this country and all of us in danger......MAN will be the distruction of the HUMAN RACE......no wonder the Mayans couldn't see past 2012.....With these radical extremists this country as we know it is not going to be around for long. We are on a downward spiral so fast that If we don't get it together soon we will be overcome with these HATE MONGORS, and you can kiss the FREEDOMS that we have enjoyed GOODBYE

    September 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. ARMY VETERAN FOR THE TRUTH!

    Obama what does this country stand for. Under Islam a thirteen year old daughter who refuses her father in marrying a sixty year old man is buried up to her head and stoned to death. Quran is not a Bible nor is it religeous. They don't quote anything Jesus said. How dare you to even call them a religeon and fall under freedom of religeon. This kind of going on has no place in this country. Take yourserlve and your followers and go back to the land of the caannites. There you can enjoy the kind of religeon you want but not in this country. YOUR ALLOWING THEM TO BUILD THE MOSQUE IS ENOUGH TO SHOW US TRUE AMERICANS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY. TO ALLOW THE MONKEES SOUND OFF AND MAKE JOKES OF AN OUTSTANDING WOMAN IS DISHONARBLE TO A THIRD DEGREE. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE CALLE THE N.... WORD BUT YET WANT TO CARRY ON AND ACT JUST LIKE ONE. THEY ARE SO QUICK TO CALL SOMEON ELSE RACIST. I WONDER HAVE THEY EVER THOUGHT WHY THEY HATE ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THEM. THE ARABS DO SO GO THERE. SEE IF YOU'RE WELCOME IN THAT COUNTRY WHERE YOUR WOMEN MUST WEAR VEILS COVERING THEIR UGLY FACES. MAYBE THAT IS WHY THE VEIL IS REQUIRED.

    September 10, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Lori in St Pete

    During the regin of terrror foisted upon us by the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Americans were warned that we needed to watch what we do & what we say, and that if we didn't support the court-appointed president, we didn't support the troops, and if we weren't with the court-appointed president we were against America. We were shouted down, called terrible names, threatened with violence and arrested for just showing up at an event where the court-appointed president was the day's entertainment, and unfurling a poster criticizing him. Two elderly ladies and a physically disabled man were beaten and arrested by the court-appointed president's useful idiots in Tampa for having the unmitigated gall to wear t-shirts that the useful idiots took offense at. What has changed from the reign of terror of the court-appointed president, and the guy who was elected by the largest number of voters in American history? What indeed.

    September 10, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    Whether the fool in fl burns the kuran or not, he has already proven to me particularly that he's a jerk.
    How can anyone go on national TV to lie that he has struck a meeting with the Imam when in fact he hasn't had any such commitment?
    How can a man with such a bold face tell the nation that he is not burning the Kuran because he has an appointment to change the site of the Mosque when he hasn't discussed such eventuality with anyone around the developpers or owners of the Mosque?
    That man is insane. IF anyone who isn't white had done such a public display of dishonesty and had endangered the country and our troops the way this thug has done, then he would have been in jail with his prank since day one.

    Moreover, this gambler is using his fake meeting with the Imam in New York to chicken out of the "burn the Curan bonanza.

    Whether he burns it or not, it is very clear that he has already done the damage and should pay for it. But If I know America very well, he would have no repercussion. Instead the Jerk has all the press and is even waiting for the members of the government to call on him, if not the president ! no less.

    In Germany where he emigrated just 2 years ago, he wouldn't have had the audience the bigotry gave him in this country. This is an obscure pastor whose immigration status is not known, and no pundit borthered to check. If this was a black or mexican or even a muslim, he would be in jail before his immigration status is checked.

    September 10, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I have the right to believe or not believe in whatever I wish. I do not have the right to tell someone that they cannot believe or not believe what they wish. Jones has the Constitutional right to do whatever he wants with as many copies of the Quran as he wishes to. He does not have the right to put our troops in harms way because of his intolerant actions. If any American serving anywhere is harmed because of Jones' actions, then Jones should be tried for giving comfort to the enemy!

    September 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Dave, Central Illinois

    I don't agree with any book burning. But, I find it intolerable that any American citizen's rights are called into question if they insult the barbaric muSLIMES fake religion. Where is the outrage at the intolerance in Muslim countries for any other religion? The cowardly press and entertainment industry constantly insult and deride Christianity and Christians themselves. Yet they dare not question, insult, or even draw cartoons of the child molesting dog Mohammed. The double standard is remarkable. Where is the outrage over the barbaric dogs in the Middle East threatening war and killing over the actions of a eccentric small-town preacher?

    September 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Joseph

    Perhaps "pastor" Jones old classmate Rush Limbaugh can reason with him..If that fails, contact Mike Enzie Rep. of WY. He and other Republicans went to bat for this nut when Germany kicked him out.

    September 10, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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