US Koran burning event on hold, says pastor Terry Jones

September 10, 2010 04:17


The US pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 says his plans are “on hold”.

BBC News

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‘Mr Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, had named Saturday “International Burn a Koran Day”.

On Thursday, Mr Jones told reporters he had spent days waiting for a sign from God to cancel the protest, and that the sign had come in the form of a deal with a local imam to relocate a controversial Islamic cultural centre due to be built near Ground Zero in New York.

As a result, he said, he was dropping the planned protest and urged his supporters to do the same.

However, those behind the cultural centre denied that they ever spoken to the local imam or Mr Jones.

Mr Jones then said Imam Muhammad Musri had “clearly, clearly lied to us”.

“Given what we are now hearing, we are forced to rethink our decision,” Mr Jones said. “So as of right now, we are not cancelling the event, but we are suspending it.”‘

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