The Pentagon’s press secretary says that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Florida pastor Terry Jones and “urged the Pastor not to proceed with it,” NPR reports.
Press secretary Geoff Morrell released the following in a statement: “Secretary Gates reached out to Pastor Jones this afternoon. They had a very brief phone conversation during which the Secretary expressed his grave concern that going forward with the Quran burning would put at risk the lives of our forces around the world, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he urged the Pastor not to proceed with it.”
Jones was spearheading a protest in which copies of the Quran, Islam’s holiest text, would have been burned on Sept. 11. He has since canceled that protest.
“As thousands of Muslims worldwide gathered over the weekend to protest one Florida group’s plans to burn copies of Islamâ€™s sacred text on the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Christian leaders â€“ liberal and conservative â€“ reaffirmed their opposition to the burnings.”