House speaker compares Quran burning to ‘terrorism’, demands apology

Lower House Speaker Ahmad Safadi. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Lower House Speaker Ahmad Safadi strongly condemned the recent burning of a Quran in Stockholm by a far-right politician, calling it "an extremist act on par with any other act of terrorism."اضافة اعلان

He reiterated that exercising freedom of speech is not a justification for insulting or disparaging other people's religions or beliefs, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

During a Lower House session on Monday, Safadi called on the government to address the Swedish embassy in Amman and demand that Stockholm condemn such actions and apologize to all Muslims.
The speaker said that such behaviors offend Muslims and the Quran, which “exhorts love, goodness, justice, equality, and the common good”.

"Such practices are absurdities that undermine security and stability and blatantly go against human, moral, and religious values and principles, and the Swedish government must put an end to them", Safadi added.

This act of Quran burning was done by Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, during a protest outside of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

The incident has sparked widespread condemnation from Arab countries and has led to the cancellation of a visit from Sweden, which aimed to lift Turkey's objections to Sweden's bid for NATO membership.

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