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. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Shame of Terry Jones. He does not deserve his 15 minutes of fame, nor to even called a man of God. Hatred is not a Christian virtue you fruit loop.

    September 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Steve

    ks: 'Great. The president doesn't think we stand for freedom of expression or freedom of speech. Super. Once again, Obama applies a double standard in the interest of political correctness. '

    No where in his speech did he say that he CAN'T burn the book – that would be denying his rights of free speech and expression. What he (and everyone else) is saying is that he SHOULDN'T because of the consequences of his action (assuming unintended) and the message that it send about ALL OF US to the Muslim world. It's narrow-minded thinkers like you that are so quick to throw around Constitutional rhetoric...

    September 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Why do some try to make this whole Islamic issue about Obama, it is not about Obama. Whether right or wrong, It is about what is going on in this country and our intolerance due to our own fears and insecurities and for some reason President Obama has become the poster child to blame for everything wrong in America right now. We all need to take a look in the mirror and examine our own motives, fears, etc. President and Islam are the not the enemy, the radicals are. As a matter of fact there are a lot of radicals in all religions just look at this guy in Florida and we want to excuse him and say oh well it's about freedom of speech. I am proud of President Obama's leadership when it comes to relations around the world and our image around the world. To be honest, there is just a lot of people here who just need to GROW UP! Sometimes lIfe is just life on life's own terms and there is not a whole lot you can do about it. We must choose our battles and choose them wisely!

    September 10, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. malabar

    Yeah! its only acceptable to offend Christians u silly goose! if the dems were consistent theyd have the balls to bash every religion equally. cowards dont do that though. burning the koran is as stupid as burning a bible, a flag, and building a ground 0 mosque. but lets all pick and choose based on what can further our political cause or rev up our respective bases. sheeple are so easy to herd. im 4 it! im against it! equal rights except for what offends me personally! HAHAHAHAHA

    September 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. water bearer

    Once again I am thankful that we have a President who is not afraid to stand up for all that is right and good in this country!

    Any and ALL of you posters who are using the Presidents comments about this to try to twist it into him being "pro-Muslim" are just as bad as that attention seeking scumbag in FL!!!

    September 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    What is it, exactly that we do stand for?????

    Lying, deceit, dictatorship? That's all we see coming out of Washington.

    September 10, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. water bearer

    "The president wants to let those guys build a mosque on ground zero because it is there right, then he shouldn't be interjecting his opinion on this"

    The President has EVERY right to interject his opinion about this AND about the Mosque (which by the way is not ON ground zero!). Not only does he have a right to voice his opinion, but as the Commander in Chief of our Military he has an OBLIGATION to do every single thing allowed under out constituion to protect our troops!

    September 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Freedom Of Speech

    President Obama's response should of been exactly the same at the response given to that of the Ground Zero Victory Mosque. His Muslim background taints his personal opinion. (To be clear he's not Muslim but he has family who are and spent a large portion of time raised in a Muslim country.) personally I think this nut job should burn a Koran, just not in FL. He needs to camp outside the Victory Mosque and burn a Koran every day it's open on it's front steps.

    September 10, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Kathleen Farrell

    Archie, it's cuz we're better than that. We raise the bar high, we don't stoop to their level.

    September 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. B

    Have to keep the religious hate going forever..

    Evolution takes a very long time.. If the human species lasts long enough,
    we might sometime in the distant future out grow Mythology.

    September 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. water bearer

    To Gordon Shumway September 10th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

    Obama is not what this country stands for.

    Neither are you, Shumway, neither are you.

    September 10, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    An uproar has been made by the White House and media over the factthat a group of 50 some people threatened to burn the Quran. The reason given is fear that Musliums would be offended and attack Americans.
    But not a peep from any of these "rights" people when the Musliums burned an American flag in protest.
    Where is the outrage from our leaders? And the media wonders why anyone would think obama is muslium.

    September 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. CJ in Atlanta

    No, Mr. President, that is exactly the kind of thing America does stand for. While I agree that it is disrespectful to burn any text and even more so when it is sacred to someone. The right to express ourselves is paramount in the Constitution. Freedom of Speech is the First Amendment, while that does it make it more important, it does show exactly how it was first in the minds of the founding fathers. We allow citizens to burn our own flag, the symbol of our nation, in hate, with contempt and disrespect. SO burning the Quran, Torah, Bible, etc. is no more or less than doing so with the flag in my mind.

    September 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Jack in Tampa

    The First Amendment needs to be revised to protect the individual rights of SANE people.........this Terry Jones is a whack job, hiding behind God.

    September 10, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. mike

    Who burned Korans before Jihadis threw a wheelchair bound Jewish-American in the ocean( there's bravery for you!)? Who burned Korans before Jihadis killed an entire Olympic team? Who burned Korans before Jihadis blew up a plane over Scotland? Who burned Korans before Jihadis blew up a barracks full of Marines in Behruit? Who burned Korans before Jihadis blew up a barracks full of Marines in Behruit? Who burned Korans before Jihadis flew jet liners full of innocent people into U.S. buildings full of innocent people?

    September 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Hossain

    Although it is a right under American constitution to protest, the burning of the holy Quran is unamerican. Similarly, it is a legal right to build a mosque near Ground Zero but it is unamerican since it is going to hurt those who have lost relatives and friends at Ground Zero and that sad memory is still very fresh. Unfortunate that Obama fails to see the similarity.

    September 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. mike

    The answer to all those questions is NO ONE!

    September 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Greg

    But you don't mind all those Afghanis burning our FLAG!

    September 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. j field

    So this so called pastor is ok with having the blood of our troops on his hands? And no Christian I know would ever engage in the stupidity he is talking about.The GOD I believe in does not condone this and must be heartbroken. It is obvious jones has not read the Bible, does not know God, nor believes in Him. What a sad commentary on Christianity he is leaving.

    September 10, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    This guy is a nut! Does he really expect a group of people to change by doing something offensive towards them. I am afraid this will only shake more NUTS from the tree. Just because someone may burn the American flag or the Holy Bible, we do not have to stoop that low as the burn The Holy Quran, we are much better. I think that Mr. Jones should consider the time that he spent in Germany before coming to this great country,

    September 10, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Morals..morals...?

    the Us troops are in danger because they are over there and not because some yestersay unknown pastor who the media have elevated to world news wants to burn some books....Books not People as in the world-trade-center nine years ago.......1

    September 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Long live NYC

    I would like an answer to thes questions, too!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who burned Korans before Jihadis threw a wheelchair bound Jewish-American in the ocean( there's bravery for you!)? Who burned Korans before Jihadis killed an entire Olympic team? Who burned Korans before Jihadis blew up a plane over Scotland? Who burned Korans before Jihadis blew up a barracks full of Marines in Behruit? Who burned Korans before Jihadis flew jet liners full of innocent people into U.S. buildings full of innocent people?

    September 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Duck Fallas

    Why did a retarded felonious "preacher" rise to a position where he controls international stability by his whimsy? (no, not George Bush, the Florida Koran burner guy)

    Because the world is going to hell, that's why.

    September 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Reality Check

    If the Koran was not a holy book, I will probably join the pastor and burn it into ashes. Muslims are violent people all over the world.

    If Islam is so peaceful, why is it that in the smallest part of Africa, you have Muslims killing non Muslim. They have taken more than half of Nigeria because christians are running away from their land. This is what they are thought to do.

    Now, they want the U.S too. The middle east is not enough for them.

    We have had enough and it's time to call their fake leaders out.

    September 10, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Ben in Texas

    ks at September 10th, 2010 12:47 pm ET:

    You're interpreting what the President said in the way Repugnants typically do. That is, you're lying about what he said.

    It is clear to all that the First Amendment gives protection to both the people who want to build an Islamic center in Manhattan, and to the nutcase in Florida who wants to burn the Koran. This the President has stated. It is also clear that people can express their opinions, positive or negative, about these events.

    Freedom of speech does not mean that the speaker is immune from attack and cannot be made fun of for what he or she says. That's the risk you take when you express yourself.

    For instance, I called you a liar above, which you are. That's my right, to express my opinion about you. No one's stopping me. And someone can turn around and criticize me for my comments. That's how freedom of expression works. As an American, you should have known that. As a human being, you should not deliberately lie, because you will be called out on it.

    September 10, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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