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Anti-Muslim frenzy condemned

world Updated: Sep 08, 2010 23:43 IST

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US religious leaders on Tuesday condemned an "anti-Muslim frenzy" in the United States, including plans by a Florida church to burn a Quran on September 11, an act a top general said could endanger American troops abroad.

Quran burning still on: Pastor

Pastor Terry Jones insisted his plans for a mass torching of the Koran would go ahead even after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the “disgraceful” burning ceremony in Florida.

Clinton said she was "heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths."

Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders denounced the "misinformation and outright bigotry" against US Muslims resulting from plans to build a Muslim community centre and mosque not far from the site of the September 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks in New York by Al Qaeda.

Passions have been further inflamed by Terry Jones, the pastor of a 30-person church in Gainesville, Florida, who has announced plans to burn a Quran on, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Religious leaders, including Washington Roman Catholic Archbishop emeritus Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Dr. Michael Kinnamon of the National Council of Churches, said they were "alarmed by the anti-Muslim frenzy" and "appalled by such disrespect for a sacred text."