Attorney General Holder tells religious leaders burning Quran is ‘idiotic and dangerous’By Mark Sherman, AP
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Holder: Quran burning idiotic and dangerous
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the planned burning of the Quran at a Florida church idiotic and dangerous.
That’s the word from religious leaders who met with Holder for nearly an hour Tuesday to discuss recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the United States.
The meeting was closed to reporters, but a Justice Department official who was present confirmed that Holder said that the plan by the Rev. Terry Jones to burn copies of the Quran at his church in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday was idiotic.
The official, who requested anonymity because the meeting was private, also said Holder was quoting Gen. David Petraeus when he used the word dangerous.
Petraeus said the book burning could endanger U.S. troops.