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Decision to suspend Quran-burning met with relief

Decision to suspend Quran-burning met with relief

Religious and political leaders across the Muslim world have welcomed a decision by a small American church to suspend plans to torch copies of their holy book. But some say the damage already has been done.
Rev. Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Florida triggered international outrage when he announced he would burn the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, with hundreds of angry protesters in Afghanistan and Pakistan burning U.S. flags and chanting "Death to the Christians."
His decision to hold off, made overnight in Asia, when many people were sleeping, was met with relief.
But cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers in Indonesia on Friday that Jones has already "hurt the heart of the Muslim world."


Updated : 2021-01-23 20:09 GMT+08:00