Obama says Quran burning is ‘recruitment bonanza’ for al Qaeda

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President Barack Obama on Thursday said a Florida church’s plans to burn dozens of Qurans this weekend would be a “recruitment bonanza” for al Qaeda.

“You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan,” Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities.”

Obama said he hoped the pastor, Terry Jones, understands that the planned burning is a “destructive act” that may have a dangerous fallout.

While we think that Terry Jones’ behavior is ill-advised at best (we file news reports about him under the heading of ‘religious insanity‘) the reported threats on the part of Muslims fanatics does prove his point, namely that Islam is a religion of violence.

One would be hard-pressed to name another religion that has so many followers willing to engage in acts of terrorismin defense of their faith.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013