Below the first report is a story on the same topic from from Iran’s English-language propaganda network. There is notably softer language in the latter report: in particular, there is no mention of the concept of fitna, a topic of great concern in the Qur’an as a cause for warfare. More on this story. “Hezbollah Calls Burning the Qur’an a “Crime”,” from al-Manar via Translating Jihad, March 24:
Hezbollah Calls on Churches to Take the Appropriate Position on Pastor Jones’ Crime of Burning the Qur’an
Commenting on Pastor Terry Jones’ crime of burning a copy of the Noble Qur’an, Hezbollah issued a statement which points out that, “The crime of burning the Noble Qur’an by Pastor Terry Jones in the United States comes as part of a campaign which, through its various forms, expressions, personalities, and times, expresses hostility towards religion and divine laws.”
Hezbollah expressed its “Sharp condemnation of this abominable crime,” regarding it as “a call to fitna and religious strife, and a masking of the true conflicts between the arrogant and the oppressed.”
Hezbollah held the American adminisration “Responsible for this crime, for it serves their arrogant designs in fomenting conflict and sectarian divisions, at a time when Muslims and Christians need cooperation and integration.”
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Hezbollah also called on “Every religious institution to push aside these nefarious acts which serve the designs of sowing fitna in the world,” appealing for “churches to take the appropriate position in regards to what was done, which serves the wicked purposes of the great conspiracy.”
And now: “Hezbollah condemns Qur’an desecration,” from PressTV, March 24:
Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has condemned the recent desecration of the Holy Qur’an as an attempt to provoke sedition and religious conflicts.
“The crime of burning the holy Qur’an by Pastor Terry Jones in the United States comes as part of a campaign which is taking various forms of expression”¦ It reflects enmity towards religion,” said a Hezbollah statement on Tuesday, quoted in a Press TV report from Beirut.
The resistance movement also denounced the sacrilegious act as a call for disputes over faith and religion. “It seeks to deviate global public opinion from the real conflicts between arrogant powers and the world’s oppressed people,” the Lebanese political party noted.
Hezbollah also held the American administration responsible for the crime, noting that the desecration of Muslims’ holy book serves hegemonic intentions at the time Muslims and Christians must collaborate with each other.
… to do the bidding of Hizballah and their puppet-masters in Tehran.