The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she is encouraged by the growing condemnation of plans to burn copies of the Koran on the 11th of September.
The pastor of an obscure church in Florida sparked worldwide outrage with his campaign against what he calls ‘radical Islam.’
Religious leaders in the US have united in their opposition to the plan.
Clinton said: “I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act. It has come from American religious leaders of all faiths, from evangelical Christians to Jewish Rabbis as well as secular US leaders and opinion makers.”
The US military commander in Afghanistan warned the spectacle could endanger American lives there.
The pastor has so far remained unmoved. Holding a copy of the Koran in a video Terry Jones said: “Islam is an evil religion, Sharia law is an evil form of justice. On September 11th we are going to have an international burn a Koran day because this book… is not a book of peace.”
His comments have ignited fears that tensions between Christians and Muslims in the United States will be inflamed.
Already in Kabul, where the US embassy has also denounced the event, several hundred Afghans rallied outside a mosque chanting ‘Death to America.’