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US condemns burning of Quran by Florida pastor

By Lalit K Jha

WASHINGTON, March 26 — The United States has strongly condemned the burning of Quran by a radical pastor in Florida and said the Obama Administration is deeply concerned about all deliberate attempts to offend members of any religious minority.

"We condemn such acts as disrespectful, intolerant, and divisive. We are deeply concerned about all deliberate attempts to offend members of any religious or ethnic group," the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner told reporters at the start of a special briefing on Libya Friday.

"Public condemnation of burning the Quran has come from a variety of organizations including the National Association of Evangelicals, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Anti-Defamation League," he said.

"We believe firmly in freedom of religion and freedom of expression, they are universal rights, enshrined in the US Constitution and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Toner said. (PNA/PTI) scs/rsm

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