If the plan is pursued, the burning could endanger US service personnel serving in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The plan has already drawn widespread international condemnation.
In an interview with ABC television, Mr Obama said he hoped Mr Jones “understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans, that this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance”.”And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,” the president said.
“Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. “I hope he listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in,” the president said.
According to the pastor behind the threats, the burning of the Quran would be a way to stand up to terrorism. Terry Jones is a pastor who leads a congregation of 50 followers in the city of Gainesville, Florida.
The US officials cannot intervene as the church’s actions would likely be protected by the US constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech.
Jones said on Wednesday that he would not cancel the Quran burning, and that his plan was intended to draw attention to his belief that ‘something’s wrong.’ For him, it is possibly time to actually stand up and confront terrorism.