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December 12th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Pastor who threatened to burn Qurans invited to England

Britain's government is considering whether to block the Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Quran earlier this year from entering the country, a top government official said Sunday.

Terry Jones called off his planned protest amid increasing pressure from U.S. and international leaders. But he has been invited to speak at a 2011 rally by the English Defence League, a British far-right movement.

But British Home Secretary Theresa May, whose office can bar people from entering the United Kingdom, said the government is weighing whether to keep Jones out.

"Pastor Terry Jones has been on my radar for a few months now" she told the Sky News network. "It wasn't clear that he was definitely coming to the UK. But if it is now clear that he's definitely coming to the UK, then of course this is a case that I will be actively looking at."

The English Defence League pushes an anti-Islamic message with provocative marches through neighborhoods with large Muslim populations. It has cultivated links with European far-right groups with a similar agenda, such as controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders' anti-Muslim Party for Freedom, and asked Jones to speak at one of their rallies in February, a spokesman told CNN.

"He called us up and asked if he could come along to one of our demonstrations and speak and we said, 'Why not?' " Steve Simmons said. "We told him that as long as he doesn't break any existing law, we'd be delighted to have him here. We value the freedom of speech and surely he is entitled to his freedom of speech."

But Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, blasted the EDL's invitation and called on the government to ban him from Britain. Shafiq said Jones' "real agenda of racism and fascism" was bad for Britain.

"I am a strong defender of free speech, but when someone who will incite hatred towards Muslims and furthermore there is a real threat of violence, then the government must ban that person," said Shafiq, whose Muslim youth organization aims to promote co-existence among communities. "I would remind Mr. Jones that the UK is proud of British Muslims, our heritage and our contributions here. We are an integral part of our great country and if you come here to promote hatred and division then stay home."

Jones had planned to burn the Muslim holy book at his Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, on September 11 to protest what the church calls the "demonic" beliefs of Islam. The stunt provoked demonstrations around the Muslim world and led top U.S. officials to call on Jones to cancel, arguing that the anger it would stir put Americans overseas at risk.

After Jones yielded to that pressure, the city of Gainesville said that it would bill him more than $180,000 for security costs stemming from the threatened protest.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Florida • Islam • Quran • United Kingdom • United States

soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Truth

    To the idiot who posted this for my statements
    :
    " Please forgive me for being an ass with my last post:...."

    You are a coward. there are no virgins for you & you rot in hell

    December 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Truth

    Please forgive me for being an ass with my last post:

    (Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

    2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

    2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

    2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

    2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
    The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

    The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

    If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
    For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

    Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.)

    So you see i have deeply offended my jewish roots for i am a jew working for the ultimate demise of the religion of truth, Islam. i work for PAMELA GELLER, she brainwashed me into this citing its my jewish and zonist duty. please forgive me my muslim brothers and sisters. theres a bunch of people like me who go online and search websites to post comments like these and lie about islam,we get pad to do so and post our zoinist websitem stopislamizationofamerica.com. i am of ashamed of my behaviour and am leaving my post.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:42 am |
    • Truth

      You are a coward. go to virgin-less hell

      December 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Liberals are fascists

    Who are the liberal idiots who are defending islam and it's terrorists?

    They have no brain and they ruin USA and all the western countries.

    Hope they immigrate to islamic countries and live piecefully...

    December 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Muneef

    @CW.
    It is still great we three faiths Jews,Christians,Muslims worship the same God we are monotheists but it is other things related to how the religion is practiced that we dispute each other with, just as Muslim branches dispute each other on the practice or the Christians Catholics and Protestants despute each other? Maybe the Jews suffer the same disputes as well among theirs? Don't know if it is pure religions disputes or has Racism within? Only God knows...

    December 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, has learned all he knows from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He should try to sound a little more like an individule though.

    It is refreshing to see a backwoods preacher scaring the Muslims. They fear a man that will stand up against them. Wish we could say that about Obama.

    December 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  6. Truth

    Pervez Masih tells AsiaNews that on that day, he and others were whitewashing and decorating the little church for Christmas. They stopped at noon for lunch, leaving the church open. When they returned, they found the bible and other sacred texts reduced to ashes, and a handwritten letter telling them to convert to Islam if they wanted to "live in peace" and avoid hell. In Pakistan, there is significant controversy over the law on blasphemy, condemning even to death those who offend the sacred book of Islam, the Qur'an. But nothing is done against blasphemous acts toward the books of other religions.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:11 am |
  7. Truth

    Father Manuel Musallem, head of Gaza's Latin church, told the AP that Muslims have ransacked, burned and looted a school and convent that are part of the Gaza Strip's small Romany Catholic community. He told the AP that crosses were broken, damage was done to a statue of Jesus, and at the Rosary Sister School and nearby convent, prayer books were burned.

    ...

    Father Musalam additionally told The Jerusalem Post that the Muslim gunmen used rocket-propeled grenades (RPGs) to blow through the doors of the church and school, before burning Bibles and destroying every cross they could get their hands on.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:10 am |
  8. Truth

    Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually

    Washington DC – The Saudi government burns and desecrates hundreds of bibles its security forces confiscate after raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately or at border crossings.

    As a matter of official policy, the government either incinerates or dumps bibles, crosses and other Christian paraphernalia.

    Hundreds of Christian worshipers are arrested every year by Saudi police in raids on their private gatherings. Bibles, crosses and printed materials are confiscated and later burnt or dumped into trash. Bibles and other Christian paraphernalia found with travelers into the country are confiscated and destroyed.

    Although considered as holy in Islam and mentioned in the Koran dozens of times, the Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia, and is confiscated and destroyed by government officials.

    Recently, there has been a crackdown on symbols of Christianity in Saudi Arabia. On April 21st Saudi authorities raided a make-shift church in Riyadh and arrested 40 Christians. Many Christian religious symbols, such as crucifixes and bibles were later destroyed by Saudi security forces.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:10 am |
    • Truth

      Truth
      Please forgive me for being an ass with my last post:

      (Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

      2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

      2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

      2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

      2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
      The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

      The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

      If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
      For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

      Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.)

      So you see i have deeply offended my jewish roots for i am a jew working for the ultimate demise of the religion of truth, Islam. i work for PAMELA GELLER, she brainwashed me into this citing its my jewish and zonist duty. please forgive me my muslim brothers and sisters. theres a bunch of people like me who go online and search websites to post comments like these and lie about islam,we get paid to do so and post our zoinist websitem stopislamizationofamerica.com. i am of ashamed of my behaviour and am leaving my post. P.S EXPOSED

      December 14, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  9. Truth

    P'Cola , normal you are fools

    Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

    2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

    2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

    2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

    2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
    The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

    The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

    If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
    For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

    Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.

    By the way, there is a variation of the Golden Rule in Islam: Mohammad in his Farewell Sermon said, "Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you." Real original thinker, that guy.

    http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

    December 13, 2010 at 5:09 am |
    • Truth

      Truth
      Please forgive me for being an ass with my last post:

      (Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

      2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

      2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

      2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

      2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
      The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

      The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

      If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
      For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

      Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.)

      So you see i have deeply offended my jewish roots for i am a jew working for the ultimate demise of the religion of truth, Islam. i work for PAMELA GELLER, she brainwashed me into this citing its my jewish and zonist duty. please forgive me my muslim brothers and sisters. theres a bunch of people like me who go online and search websites to post comments like these and lie about islam,we get pad to do so and post our zoinist websitem stopislamizationofamerica.com. i am of ashamed of my behaviour and am leaving my post. P.s PAMELA GELLER IS A RACIST PIG WHO CANT STOP SPEWING HATE

      December 14, 2010 at 12:53 am |
  10. Truth

    Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

    2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

    2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

    2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

    2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
    The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

    The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

    If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
    For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

    Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.

    By the way, there is a variation of the Golden Rule in Islam: Mohammad in his Farewell Sermon said, "Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you." Real original thinker, that guy.

    http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2010/09/muslims_burn_bibles_routinely_and_often.html

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 am |
    • Truth

      Truth
      Please forgive me for being an ass with my last post:

      (Muslims Burn Bibles Routinely and Often

      2005: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually 1

      2006: Muslim Students Urinate, Spit On Then Burn Bible 2

      2007: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses 3

      2008: Muslims burn Bible in Pakistan 4
      The truth is, it happens every day somewhere in the world. Do you know why we don't hear of it here? Two reasons:

      The Liberal Media does not like reporting anything critical of Islam (recall the cowardice of our newspapers in not publishing the Danish Cartoons)

      If our newspapers had to print barbaric acts committed by Muslims on a daily basis there would be no room to print the local news.
      For centuries the US has been nicey-nice to these vicious animals. When is the Golden Rule going to kick in? When are we going to get treated as we have treated them?

      Muslims don't burn Bibles? That's funny. That's just another Muslim myth.)

      So you see i have deeply offended my jewish roots for i am a jew working for the ultimate demise of the religion of truth, Islam. i work for PAMELA GELLER, she brainwashed me into this citing its my jewish and zonist duty. please forgive me my muslim brothers and sisters. theres a bunch of people like me who go online and search websites to post comments like these and lie about islam,we get pad to do so and post our zoinist websitem stopislamizationofamerica.com. i am of ashamed of my behaviour and am leaving my post.

      December 14, 2010 at 12:48 am |
  11. Reality

    Actually, it is the Muslims who should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  12. Muneef

    As a Muslim I think that this Pastor is another messenger of God with out his knowledge because ever since that day he announced his intentions to burn the Quran until today he has contributed more for Islam to become known,read about,converted to more than it harmed it.. I certify that because only because of him only today and since then I became to write here...
    So thank you so much messanger of God Pastor Terry Jones of Dove Church ,Florida...and may God guide you into submission to call for the worship of God the One and Only the creator of all creations and the universe...Thank you for ever.

    December 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  13. Muneef

    You know may be this story of a religious Christian Pastor that was invited to England in order to have him as a scapegoat and then will get to accuse Muslims of undertaking it and then will gain the right to deport many of them Muslim if not all of them from England or the UK to reduce the over crowed?! Other than that I see no purpose of the visit other than intentions to ignite some thing to happen where there are majority of Muslims..?!
    One day wikileaks might tell some thing about it!?

    December 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  14. jay

    wow why uk is thinking of banning this pastor, in the other hand what the man wanted to do is the right thing to do .why muslima want him death, if he has done that on christian bible will any body want him death? the battle could have being btw God and him,so if the muslims are sure that there qurans is of God then let them leave there God to fight for him self not them caursing problems everywhere in the name of islam.Glenn beck rated 10% of muslims are terrorists but any body that check well we see that about 60% are terrorists.

    December 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  15. kimsland

    BURN THE QURAN
    Burn ALL religious books

    If I had it (the quran) with me right now I'd burn it protest of this weak pastor
    Who am I kidding, I'd burn it anyway, as soon as I could.
    Their religion is pathetic, and they need to know this
    All religions are pathetic.

    December 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  16. NM

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/if-it-is-extreme-it-is-not-islam/

    December 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  17. Bayo

    God Said " Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:43-48 (KJV)
    So Pastor "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" 1 Peter 2:12

    December 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  18. Labeeb Mir

    i say let him come, it would be interesting to hear what he has to say.. although he only wants attention

    December 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  19. wingsfan

    I suggest everyone look up Joshua Evans on YouTube for an unbiased view on Islam

    December 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  20. wingsfan

    I suggest that every one look up Joshua Evans on youtube and you will get a better understanding of Islam

    December 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
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