Yudhoyono asks Obama to stop planned Koran burning
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has sent a letter to US President Barack Obama to ask him to stop the
plans by a small church in Florida, the United States,
to burn the Koran, the Muslim holy book, to commemorate the Sept. 11 terror
Heru Lelono, a presidential special adviser on information and public
relations, said Thursday that Yudhoyono considered the plan a threat to world
Yudhoyono said Indonesia
would condemn the act.
The Dove World
from Gainesville, Florida — led by Pastor Terry and Sylvia
Jones — announced the controversial plan to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001
Despite mounting pressure to call off Saturday's bonfire, Jones said Wednesday (Thursday
Jakarta time) he was not backing down.
Indonesian religious leaders and promoters of pluralism in the country have
condemned the plan.
The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI), the Parisada Hindu Council and the
Indonesia Confucianism High Assembly (Matakin) were among the religious
organizations grouped under the Movement for Pluralism that made a joint
statement denouncing the plan as “a despicable, uncivilized [act that] must be