Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani said that U.S. President Barack Obama will be held responsible if the Dove World Outreach Center's planned "Burn A Koran Day" goes ahead.
In a written statement, Golpaygani, who is a marja, or a Shi'ite source of emulation, warned against the consequences of burning the holy book of the Muslims:
The cultural deputy of Iran's Armed Forces, Masud Jazayeri, said that the U.S. government is behind the Koran burning, which he called an attempt by the U.S. to cover up its role in the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
Jazayeri said that "undeniable evidence" proves that the September 11 attacks were the work of "U.S. politicians and Zionist elements" and that as time goes by, the role of "U.S. state terrorism" becomes clearer, forcing the U.S. government to try to create marginal issues and distract public opinion to cover up "its crimes."
He said the planned Koran burning is a move in that direction, adding that humiliating Muslims is another goal of the Koran burning.
Iran's state-controlled television suggested that U.S. officials have condemned the planned burning of the Koran "not out of respect for Islam and the holy book of the Muslims but because they want to prevent U.S. soldiers in the region from becoming targets of increased attacks."
And here is the reaction of blogger "Majma Divanegan" (Assembly of the Madmen or Lunatics) who writes that while Tehran seems to be outraged by the plans to burn the Koran, the rights of religious minorities, namely the Baha'is, are being violated in the Islamic Republic on a daily basis:
-- Golnaz Esfandiari