Eric Holder Tells Religious Leaders Burning Korans Is 'Dangerous'

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"I think [the Justice Department] is contemplating what the best form is and when to do it, but I think [Holder] understood the importance of sending the exact same message that he said so powerfully and eloquently privately and the need for all Americans to hear that message from our nation's chief law enforcement officer," he said.

Earlier Tuesday, a larger group of religious leaders including some who were at the Justice meeting, also met separately in Washington to condemn the anti-Muslim sentiment.

"Religious leaders can't stand by in silence when things like this are happening," said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, at a news conference Tuesday convened by the Islamic Society of North America.

"This is not America. This is not our country," he said. "America was not built on hatred. It was built on love."

Regarding the planned Koran burning Saturday, the group said in a statement that it was "appalled by such disrespect for a sacred text that for centuries has shaped many of the great cultures of our world and that continues to give spiritual comfort to more than a billion Muslims today."

"You attack one religion, you attack them all. I believe this is true," McCarrick told reporters at the press conference.

If Gen. David Petraeus is correct in warning that the proposed burning of the Koran would endanger U.S. troops abroad, "then we're really in trouble" because "our own people are going to get hurt and it won't be their fault," McCarrick warned.

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