September 9th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
12 years ago

White House blasts Florida church's plan to burn Qurans

Washington (CNN) - A Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is a "monumentally terrible idea," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.

The "hateful" and "offensive" act would be a "recruiting bonanza for al Qaeda," would endanger U.S. troops and "goes against every one of our values," he said.

Gibbs said there are discussions inside the Obama administration about intervening with the Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of Gainseville's Dove Center, which is organizing the planned Quran burning.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Thursday it is possible that a senior administration official will call Jones.

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  1. Snow

    Now the church in Florida is in trouble, they have upset the muslim in the White House.

    September 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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