September 9th, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Florida pastor says he's 'rethinking' canceled Quran burning

A Florida pastor who called off a Quran burning said late Thursday he was "rethinking our position" after a Muslim leader said the minister incorrectly announced that the proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero would be moved as part of a deal.

The dramatic development was one of several twists on a day when President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged the Rev. Terry Jones to call off the Saturday event, timed for the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During the afternoon, Jones canceled his plan to burn copies of the Quran, based on what he said were assurances from a local Muslim leader that the Islamic center in New York would be moved - an assertion rejected by the center's visionary in New York.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • 9/11 • Florida • Islam • Muslim • New York • Quran • United States

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  1. haseeb

    All good deeds are from Allah and all evil deeds are from satan. now what do mr.jones thinking of burning the Quran..mr. jones called himself a priest and yet he is opposite what the bible teaching.he is full of hatred to all moslem in general.

    September 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  2. anon

    This idiot is trying to provoke a fight just like the imam in New York. They didn't offer a meeting with him and when he goes ahead and burns these books and someone takes him out, his congregation can say "well, if they had just met with us and moved that mosque none of this would have happened." When some redneck blows up the mosque and the radicals retaliate, then the imam can blame Americans for being islamaphobes. This who thing is a bunch of people picking fights and trying to instigate violence. Anyone who doesn't see that is so pitifully blind.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Frogist

    @Billy Bob & Ken LeBert : You call muslims ragheads and camel jockies? But this isn't about racism, right?

    September 10, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  4. Frogist


    If you are in the tri-state area and like to attend, the vigil starts @ 7:15pm.

    September 10, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  5. Wanita

    I am truely dumb founded for all the anger issues that most of you have...I feel sad for all of you that have anger issues... If you wanted to change your religion, or keep it the same, is it not you right? To be faithful to God is to be a peacefull human, and love all of God's creations... By burning the Koran will not change anything.. Nor the words that the Koran holds.. You will just have to answer to God.. And that my dear friend is you own sacrifice.. I would say that most people who do not have a religion are the ones that have the devil in their hearts....Any man that has any type of faith in God will not have hatred for anything to try to insult the most largest religion of the world.... You insult yourself and your faith when you insult others.. You really at the end insult your maker.. Good luck over the bridge.. May God be with you all..

    September 10, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  6. Peter F

    Can someone tell me why this guy is still getting the media's attention?

    September 10, 2010 at 1:45 am |
    • Kate

      @Peter F

      Everyone loves a "bad guy against the world" story, as far as the media is concerned. They just tend to ignore the fact they made it a story to begin with.

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 2:08 am |
    • Reality

      With or without the Florida burning, I am combusting my copy of the koran but also adding the ot/torah, nt and book of mormon to the pyre. Everyone should do the same. We will call it the Day the Angelic Myths and Greatest of Con Jobs Died. Alleluia!!!!!!! I called CNN but for some reason they could not send out a team to film this freedom of speech activity. Darn!!!

      September 10, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  7. Kate


    We're talking about a guy whose "church" condones and supports, has even participated in, the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church in dishonoring and desecrating the memory of our fallen heroes. We're not talking about Patriots here.

    These are not people who give a damn about the opinions of the majority on anything.

    This whole agreement announcement from them was probably just something that they knew the Imam in NYC would reject, which would then give a taint of moral legitimacy to the plans for 9/11 to a group that has neither.

    It's free publicity, and a chance to agitate – and a bonus if it gets more of our troops killed to boot, I think. I mean, think about it, this "pastor" whose last congregation told to take a hike now has the President of the United States talking about him??

    Not even Franklin Graham has this guy's name recognition I'll bet right about now.

    Just sayin'

    September 10, 2010 at 12:52 am |
    • Frogist

      @Kate: By the articles posted today, looks like you're right. Seems that neither Imam Rauf or the Imam from Fla. knew anything about with Jones was saying. He was just doing it to add some kind of sordid justification to what he is doing. And at the same time he can point to the more esteemed and honorable Imams as liars. He is doing nothing more than exacerbating an already difficult situation.

      September 10, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  8. Reality

    With or without the Florida burning, I am combusting my copy of the koran but also adding the ot/torah, nt and book of mormon to the pyre. Everyone should do the same. We will call it the Day the Angelic Myths and Greatest of Con Jobs Died. Alleluia!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 at 12:12 am |
    • Frogist

      @Reality: I get it now! You're an anarchist! You don't really believe in the evils of religion, you just want to watch the world burn.

      September 10, 2010 at 10:22 am |
    • Reality


      An anarchist??? Not even close, just someone who wants the cons and myths of religion exposed for all to see.

      September 10, 2010 at 11:45 am |
    • Kate


      Is that the description for professional troll and paster-of-at-least-one-outright-lie these days then?

      Just grinnin'

      September 10, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, how do we deprogram Kate and her one-liners? Humbug upon her head? Obviously that does not work!!!

      September 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • Kate


      Ye cannae change the laws of debunking Reality

      Just paraphrasin'

      September 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, Kate noted "debunking". And where is the evidence of this? Rebuttals? Facts? References?

      September 11, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  9. Tony Rahim

    Sarah and Johnny are having a field day at their Tea Party at the expense of our beloved Bush of all failures. This “Quran Burning” controversy will solve nothing, but it will only serve to elevate our President Obama who only wishes to see PEACE the world over, especially in his beloved USA.

    The jokers who are feeding this frenzy by supporting a tyrant and terrorist Terry Jones in his own sense are no better. Simply ignore this radical who calls himself a Priest and give it no more media attention.

    If it is you property, burn it, do whatever you want with it so long as you have paid the publisher and book store who sold it to you. They have made their profit and will only produce millions more, so none of us should give a darn what a hate monger like Rev. Terry Jones wants to do for his illicit motive.

    Jones is a talented incompetent who garners fame from his idiocy and it is sad for those who follow him.

    Remember the Jim Jones Massacre in Guyana? This time, your brother Jonsie of Gainesville, Florida wants to burn the world, and only the sane law abiding folks like you can stop the madness of an illiterate who again claims to be holier than Thou. The lives of innocents are more precious than a freak.

    I say defrock this hypocrite bastard who spreads hatred and prejudice among the Children of God.

    PS: There are a few radicals in Islam who are no better than this impotent idiot Jones, and while you claim a brotherhood, you too still associate and fester hatred among all mankind, and should also bear the consequences. I say, SHAME ON YOU too, whoever you are!

    STOP the continuous feed to this frenzy as it only helps to further the cause. But what Rev. Terry Jones have failed in his insidious deed, is that he has propelled the power of Islam over his own faith that he preaches, so in effect, he is more a threat and a failure in now placing a New York Imam well above him.

    This is just my own personal opinion, on a without prejudice basis. E & O . E

    September 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
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    September 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  11. DM

    Nice BELIEF blog

    September 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  12. YourFutureis

    Muslims Call To Prayer in US

    Oh yes, 5 times a day......

    September 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  13. TammyB

    "The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, standing with a Florida Muslim leader..." This just goes to prove this was all a publicity stunt. If this "pastor" is so against all Muslims, then he wouldn't even be on the same piece of grass as a Muslim leader. But he could have skipped all this and just gone to speak with the Imam at the project, or protested in New York. What with all the Quran burning?

    September 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      If u read the very first article it didnt state he was against all mushlum, jus the extremist ...

      September 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      " Jones had rejected the pleas, saying his message targets radical Islamists... "

      September 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
    • Kate

      @Billy Bob

      Oh, it's not new: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/koran-burning_pastor_was_once_the_gops_poster_chil.php

      Just sayin'

      September 10, 2010 at 12:34 am |
    • Frogist

      @Billy Bob: How does this target "radical Islamists"? If I burned a Bible, would you consider that targeting child molester catholic priests? If I burned an american flag, would that target Wall Street embezzelers?

      September 10, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  14. Ken LeBert

    What is WRONG with some of you people? Appeasement NEVER works. We catered to a few illegal immigrants years ago, and look what happened. Jimmy Carter tried to appease Iranian thugs. How did that turn out ? Now our govt. drops to it's knees and grovels toward Mecca every time some rag-head whines, and I PROMISE you that policy won't work either.
    What next? Every American will have to tune in to a govt. channel every mourning to find out whom not to offend today ?

    September 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
    • TammyB

      I think you may have made a point until you said "rag-head". Slurs never work in ones favor.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
    • Cindie

      I agree with you Ken. And I understand the Pastor's frustrations and fears. They are not unfounded. We have come to the boundary of "fanatical tolerance", which is coming head to head with fanatic Islam. People are sick and tired of tolerating so much. What actions are there to take? It's sometimes hard to find that happy middleground between racism/intolerance and ignoring the writing on the wall.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • Martina Kooy

      I think you need to see the bigger picture here, and not only view this problem from your countries side. This affected Europe and the rest of the world, too. That's why a government "drops to the knees" and tries to avoid further conflict and has to negotiate.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      @ ken, u r right , jus bcus they wer afraid of the evil that will happen after , thats exactly what those camel jockies wanted n r sitting in their tents right now laughn at the U.S.A for falling on our knees to their feet ... bunch of pu$$ies ...

      September 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  15. Jessie

    What am I supposed to do with this huge pile of Qurans?

    September 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      send them to me , i need more to burn n post on youtube ...

      September 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • Tony Rahim

      Burn 'em all Jessie. It is the Islamic thing to do. Those extremists don't read the Quran and don't know about that. The publishers and printers will benefit..lots more Qurans will be printed and in a store near you. One has to wonder how much they have placed in Terry Jones bank account. Money talks, espcially to an idiot who is facing foreclosure – check his records!

      September 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
    • Mohammed Irfan

      give it to poor muslms......may be their duas can help you one day:)

      September 10, 2010 at 4:59 am |
    • Frogist

      Well what do you ususally do with books? Oh yeah. Read them.

      September 10, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  16. Martina Kooy

    On what medication is this pastor on? He does not seem to know what he is saying. Has he ever been in Europe or other countries outside the USA? Does he realize how much trouble his comment and actions stir up in cities around the world and endanger his own fellow citizens who live and work outside the USA? He does not deserve all the media rummel.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  17. Keith

    Why? Because of the threat of violence from the 'religion of peace'? The U.S. military burned Bibles in Afghanistan. And why hasn't CNN done a story on the pastor in Witchita, Kansas who was arrested for sharing his faith outside a mosque?

    September 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
    • peace2all


      No... Because we (American's)..at least, know better than to do something so rediculously intolerant and inflammatory.

      There are much bigger ramifications than, as you say, 'violence from the religion of peace'....

      Your comments smack of intolerance, bigotry and shear ignorance. But, as an American, you have the right to free speech.


      September 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  18. TammyB

    I guess he finally came to his senses? He's already gotten his 15 minutes of fame, so probably figured that he doesn't really have to go through with this act, which most people find ignorant anyway.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      u r ignorant n he's a pu$$y for allowing fear to overcome him, now b happy that those criminal r still feared ...

      September 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
    • Billy Bob

      "Jones had rejected the pleas, saying his message targets radical Islamists"

      September 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
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