Florida Pastor Says Koran-Burning Will Not Happen

Well this is good news. Whereas I believe that Islam is a false religion, I do not agree that burning their holy book is the way to show that. I’m glad this pastor has backed off of this event.

A Florida pastor said Friday he will not burn Korans this weekend after appearing to walk back a similar pledge the day before.

In two television interviews, the Rev. Terry Jones said the book-burning “is not going to happen,” but also repeated his claim that an imam told him the controversial Ground Zero mosque would be moved in exchange for his decision.

“Absolutely no doubt about it,” Jones said.

A disagreement between those two religious leaders over the mosque had thrown into doubt Jones’ announcement Thursday that he was calling off the Koran-burning, a protest meant to mark nine years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. After meeting with Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, Jones said he was assured he had a bargain that the mosque planned in lower Manhattan would be moved. The decision was met with relief, as top government officials and international organizations had warned that the burning would pose a security threat, particularly to U.S. troops overseas.

But Musri insisted he never promised to change the location and that Jones “stretched my words.” The imam in charge of the New York Islamic center and mosque project also quickly denied any deal was made. Musri repeated that claim Friday.

Jones, after backpedaling to say the Koran protest was merely suspended, said it was canceled Friday and that he hopes to still hold a meeting with the mosque developers in New York City Saturday.

Jones spoke on ABC and NBC Friday morning.

Despite Jones’ wavering, many in Asia greeted the news not to burn the Koran with relief, though some said the damage already has been done. Muslims consider the book the sacred word of God and insist it be treated with the utmost respect.

Cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers attending Friday morning prayers in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, that Jones had already “hurt the heart of the Muslim world.”

“If he’d gone through with it, it would have been tantamount to war,” the cleric said in the coastal town of Lhokseumawe. “A war that would have rallied Muslims all over the world.”

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