Jordan Islamists say US Quran-burning “a declaration of war”

Jordan's powerful Islamist opposition on Wednesday condemned plans by a Florida pastor to burn copies of the Quran, saying it would be "a declaration of war."

"Claiming that burning the Koran is a part of freedom of expression is ridiculous and does not make any sense," the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement.

"Insulting religions and holy books is a crime that provokes people. It is a declaration of war against them," it added.

American Pastor Terry Jones has vowed to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday at the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

"We call on all Arab and Muslim governments to take a firm stand and press the US administration to stop this heinous crime," the statement said.

"The US administration should stop mobilizing people against Islam and using the 2001 attacks as a pretext," it also said.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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