AG Holder: Quran Burning Idiotic, Dangerous

US Attorney General Eric Holder CBS/AP

Attorney General Eric Holder has called the planned burning of the Qurans at a Florida church idiotic and dangerous.

That's the word from religious leaders who met with Holder for nearly an hour Tuesday to discuss recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the United States.

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The meeting was closed to reporters, but a Justice Department official who was present confirmed that Holder said that the plan by the Rev. Terry Jones to burn copies of the Quran at his church in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday was idiotic.

The official, who requested anonymity because the meeting was private, also said Holder was quoting Gen. David Petraeus when he used the word dangerous.

Petraeus said the book burning could endanger U.S. troops.

Jones told CBS News that he's aware the act will likely insult all members of the Muslim faith.

"We are definitely probably insulting all Muslims," Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center told CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella. "The fact that we offend them is the lesser of two evils."

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Jones believes radical Islam could take over the United States and that the best way to fight back is by sending a radical message, Cobiella reports.

"Sooner or later we're going to have to say no to radical Islam," Jones told Cobiella. "We feel what we are doing is we are actually revealing the nature of Islam."

Despite such an acknowledgement from Jones and warnings from the White House and Gen. Petraeus, the minister intends to carry out his protest.

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