Iran’s archbishop deplores US pastor who planned to burn Quran

TEHRAN, Sept. 12 (MNA) – Iran’s archbishop Sabo Sarkisian has condemned an American pastor who planned to burn copies of the Quran on the 9/11 anniversary.

Terry Jones, pastor of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church had previously intended to set the Quran on fire on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States; however, Jones cancelled his plan due to international pressure and criticism.

“Iranian Armenians strongly denounce this obnoxious act,” Sarkisian, the religious leader of the Armenian community in Iran, told IRNA news agency.

“I, in churches and international conferences in different parts of the world, have always underscored the importance of (forming) concord …between believers of diverse religions.

“And now (I) strongly condemn this plan by a heretical church in the U.S., whose cardinal has blasphemed Islam and Muslims and (I) consider this useless effort against the humane interests.”

Unfortunately, the Zionists have promoted heresy in certain churches in the West, which are under their sway and have preached against the divine religions, Sarkisian stated.

Such churches, especially those in the U.S., seek to sow discord between divine religions and create frictions between Muslims and Christians, he added.

“Our churches attach great importance to the sanctity of different religions and will not allow blasphemies against divine religions in the world,” he observed.

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