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Pastor Won't Burn Qurans, Claims Meeting with 'Ground Zero' Imam

Some news from the Quran-burning front:

Terry_jones "Pastor Terry Jones today canceled his plan to burn Korans at his Florida church after claiming he has struck a deal with a New York Muslim cleric to relocate the so-called Ground Zero mosque. Jones emerged from his church in Gainesville, Fla., to announce his decision which he said came after days of prayer and said he viewed the supposed deal as 'a sign from God.' The fiery pastor said that Imam Abdel Rauf, the leader behind the Ground Zero mosque in Manhattan, will meet with him in New York on Saturday. 'He has agreed to move it,' Jones said referring to the Ground Zero Islamic cultural center and mosque. 'And we have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday.' ...  'Americans don't want the mosque there and of course Muslims don't want us to burn Korans,' said Jones...But as soon as Jones and al-Masri finished speaking, denials were issued that the Islamic community center and mosque would be moved away from its current controversial location. 'The Muslim Community Center called Park51 in Lower Manhattan is not being moved,' read a statement from SoHo Properties, the developer of the community center that is being called the Ground Zero Mosque."

Jones press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The Imam says he has not spoken to Jones and the Park51 has no plans to move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Jones earlier today and asked him not to burn Qurans; and Jones websites have been shut down by his host due to hate speech.

Said Rauf: "I'm glad that Pastor Jones has decided to not burn any Qurans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony."

Westboro Baptist Church says it's going to burn Qurans anyway.

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  1. Ah religion...doesn't it just warm the cockles of your heart.

    Posted by: excy | Sep 9, 2010 6:29:05 PM

  2. Why do we give hese bat shit crazy people a forum? He is a "pastor" of a flock of 50 idiots. And he has the media wrapped around his little finger. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 9, 2010 6:29:59 PM

  3. Pastor Terry Jones is blackmailer and a thug.

    Posted by: jexer | Sep 9, 2010 6:34:02 PM

  4. Terry Jones is one of the many reasons way i'm starting to question my faith in any religion.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Sep 9, 2010 6:49:18 PM

  5. the "iman" lol

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 9, 2010 6:53:22 PM

  6. "Westboro Baptist Church says it's going to burn Qurans anyway."

    *sigh* They would.

    Too bad for them, not many people bother paying attention to them anymore. Basically people are saying "We get it already, you hate everyone. Now go away."

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 9, 2010 7:27:55 PM

  7. I am with you Mark, why did the media glom onto this story and make a firestorm when they should have squashed this douchebag like the worm he is? No one should have ever covered this story and let this roach crawl back underground. Look up Rev. Terry Jone's's sordid. He's a shithole with a congregation that's basically a gaggle of cross-eyed idiots (over half of whom have left his church over this.) We already know he lied about talking to Abdel Rauf which should tell you all you need to know about this retard.

    Just because you hear voices in your head doesn't mean you're speaking to God. It means you're fucking nuts.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 9, 2010 7:31:13 PM

  8. Terry Jones and Fred Phelps are just publicity whores. If the media would just go away instead of trying to incite them to do crazy shit they wouldn't be half so tempted to pull everyone's chain.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Sep 9, 2010 7:44:11 PM

  9. Thank you Rev. Terry Jones for all you do to help society distinguish between peaceful, faithful people and fundamentalist extremists. Now we have another face to show that there is a crazy fringe of nutbags out there willing to do anything to get attention, even if it means leaving a trail of blood.

    Posted by: castaway | Sep 9, 2010 8:29:57 PM

  10. He'd probably burn is if he could.

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 9, 2010 8:36:02 PM


    Posted by: Jerry6 | Sep 11, 2010 9:03:16 PM

  12. The leader of a tiny Florida church says he won't follow through on a plan to burn copies of Islam's holy text if he's able to meet Saturday with the organizers behind a mosque planned near ground zero in New York.

    Speaking to NBC's "Today'' show, the Rev. Terry Jones said if he meets with the imam in New York, he won't burn the Quran. It wasn't clear if he meant the burning would be halted indefinitely or just for Saturday.

    Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told CBS' "The Early Show'' he had a commitment for Jones and himself to meet in New York with imam Feisal Rauf there.

    But Rauf said Friday that he has no plans to meet with a Florida pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Quran.

    Posted by: link wheel | Oct 18, 2011 9:13:04 PM

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