Monday, September 13, 2010

'US responsible for anti-Islam crusade'

A senior Iranian cleric says the desecration of the holy Quran is the symbol of a "crusade" by enemies of Islam, holding the US government responsible for the sacrilegious move.

“Although Church leaders say the criminal who in the name of priesthood ordered the Quran burning is a lunatic and worthless person, the question is why the White House allows lunatics to throw their weight around,” Tehran's Interim Friday Prayer Leader Ahmad Khatami said Sunday.

"This crime symbolizes a crusade that the enemies of Islam have launched for some time now," ISNA quoted him as saying.

Khatami added that the enemies will lose this war as they cannot stand up to the growing power of Islam.

He went on to say US President Barack Obama and other US statesmen should be held accountable for the blasphemous decision and the desecration of the Quran by anti-Islam protesters in the US as the crime has been committed 'within their geographical borders' and there no excuse is acceptable in this regard.

Anti-Islam protesters in the US have desecrated the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

One protester burned pages from the Muslim holy book in front of press photographers in New York.

Two evangelical preachers in Tennessee set copies of the Quran on fire and members of the group Operation Rescue tore pages from Islam's holy book.

In another incident, a man ripped out pages from the holy Quran and made vulgar gestures with them. The police did not try to stop any of the incidents.

This comes after a Florida preacher called off plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


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