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Watch: Anderson Cooper Tries to Crack Terry Jones' Thick Skull


Anderson Cooper tried to get through to Qu'ran-burning pastor Terry Jones last night. A bit of the transcript:

COOPER: Do you consider yourself a bigot? 

JONES: No, not at all. And we do not consider our message a message of hate. 

It is -- it is a clear message of warning. We have tried to make it very, very clear that, according to the United States Constitution, Muslims are more than welcome in America. They are welcome to worship. They are welcome to build mosques. 

We have made that very, very clear. I understand they're not in agreement. And they're mad and angry. They're -- they're -- they're insulted because we are burning the Koran, but they should, indeed, be with us on the fact that radical Islam is bad. It is evil. We do not want it in this country. 

COOPER: Well, I -- I -- I think the vast majority of Muslims in the United States would agree that -- that extremism and radical Islam is a bad thing. And many of them have worked to -- to fight it.

But I asked about the bigotry, because the definition of a bigot that I just got off Dictionary.com is a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics or race. 

You do appear to be remarkably intolerant on any ideas other than your own regarding religion. 

JONES: We are -- as the Bible teaches, as Jesus teaches, we are intolerant, yes.


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General Petraeus Speaks Out Against Pastor's Plans to Burn Quran


Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to burn Qurans to mark al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the United States.

CNN reports that General David Petraeus has spoken out against Jones' plans:

Petraeus "Gen. David Petraeus, the commander in Afghanistan, said the burning of Islam's holy books "could cause significant problems" for American troops overseas. 'It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan,' Petraeus said in a statement issued Monday. With about 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still battling al Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement, Petraeus warned that burning Qurans 'is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems -- not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.' Petraeus said he was concerned by the political repercussions of the church's plan. 'Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday,' he said. 'Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.' He said extremists would use images of burning Qurans to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

Watch CNN American Morning's interview with Jones, AFTER THE JUMP...

You may recall Jones' church was behind the "No Homo Mayor" attacks on Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe.

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