(Germany): German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday
described as "abhorrent" plans by a US pastor to burn copies of
the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist
"Honestly, I find it crass, disrespectful, even abhorrent. Just
plain wrong," she said. "Freedom is permanently, and for everyone,
bound up with responsibility."
Merkel made the comments at the M100 Media Colloquium in Potsdam,
where she was to present Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with
the M100 Media Prize. Westergaard controversially portrayed the
Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban in 2005.
Terry Jones, who leads an evangelical congregation of just 50
people at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida,
proclaimed Saturday "International Burn a Quran Day." The proposal
has generated widespread condemnation in the US and abroad.