Clinton condemns Quran-burning plan as 'disrespectful, disgraceful'

Secretary Clinton has condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Quran on September 11 as "disrespectful, disgraceful." She made the remark at yesterday's iftar dinner in Washington, telling a room full of Muslims who were breaking their Ramadam fast (as seen above): 

We sit down together for this meal on a day when the news is carrying reports that a pastor down in Gainesville, Florida, plans to burn the Holy Quran on September 11th. I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths, from evangelical Christians to Jewish rabbis, as well as secular U.S. leaders and opinion-makers. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. Many of you know that in 1790, George Washington wrote to a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, that this country will give "to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." 

Update, 12:10 p.m, Sept. 8, 2010: You can listen to the quote above at 9:23 in the video below.

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