Proposed Burning of Quran Called Off

Proposed Burning of Quran Called Off

Proposed Burning of Quran Called Off

The Florida minister who had created a nationwide controversy when he announced his congregation would burn the Quran on September 11, now says that his church will not hold such an event, now or anytime in the future.

Reverend Terry Jones and his 50-member church had created the stir when the minister announced that he would hold a Quran burning at his church, the Dove World Outreach Center.  The book burning was intended to remember the victims of the 9/11 tragedy as well as a protest to the mosque and Islamic cultural center which is planned to be built just blocks from ground zero.

However, Jones made an appearance on the Today Show Saturday and said that his church would not be burning the Islamic holy books after all.  Jones had also planned to meet with the imam in charge of the proposed building of the Islamic center.  It appears that meeting never took place.  The pastor said that the congregation no longer needed to burn the books because their message of exposing the “dangerous” and “very radical” elements of Islam had succeeded.

Opinions on the planned event came from nearly all corners of the country as some supported the idea and many were against it.  Even the President weighed in on the matter, reminding the pastor that we are “not at war against Islam,” we are at war “against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam.”


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