[UPDATE] Fla. Pastor Leads Small Anti-Mosque Protest in NYC

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] New York (AP) -- (1:48PM 11-16) --

The Florida pastor who backed down from a threat to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 has led a few dozen protesters to the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero.

Terry Jones expressed sympathy on Tuesday, November 16 for 9/11 victims' families. But he also spoke out against the radical Islam he said
was the cause of their deaths.

Jones says he doesn't know whether those planning the mosque and
Islamic cultural center are radicals.

He says he hopes they choose not to build the mosque there, just
as he decided not to burn the Islamic holy book.

The Gainesville, Fla., pastor says he has nothing against
peaceful Muslims.

Some of Jones' supporters identified themselves as Coptic
Christians from Egypt, saying they had fled persecution because of
their religion.

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[UPDATE] Washington (AP) -- (7:33AM 9/9) --

President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to "listen to those better angels" and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend.

Obama tells ABC's "Good Morning America" he hopes the Rev.
Terry Jones listens to the pleas of people who have asked him to
call off the plan. The president called it a "stunt."

Obama also said in the interview broadcast on the morning of September 9 that what Jones proposes "is completely contrary to our values as Americans. This country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance."

Obama declared: "This is a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaida."

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[UPDATE] Washington (AP) -- (10:59AM) --

Washington (AP) --

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says plans by a small church in Florida to burn the Muslim holy book are "outrageous," and "abberational" and do not represent America.

In remarks made on September 8 to the Council on Foreign Relations,
Clinton said it was "regrettable" that the tiny congregation had
gotten so much attention for what she called a "distrustful and
disgraceful" means of marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept.
11. 2001, terrorist attacks.

She urged Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center
to cancel Saturday's planned Quran burning. Jones has vowed to go
ahead with the event despite pleas from senior Obama administration
officials, including Clinton, that it will put Americans abroad at
risk.

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[UPDATE] Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) -- (10:48AM) --

A military spokesman says General David Petraeus and President
Hamid Karzai agreed that the burning would undermine the NATO
effort in Afghanistan, and endanger coalition troops and civilians.

The spokesman says they also noted that it would cause problems
for Afghanistan, because Afghan police and soldiers "would have to
deal with any large demonstrations."

Yesterday, Petraeus warned in an e-mail to The Associated Press
that the burning would be used by extremists in Afghanistan and
elsewhere 'to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

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[UPDATE] Vatican City (AP) -- (8:22AM) --

The Vatican has denounced as "outrageous and grave" plans by an American Christian minister to burn copies of the Quran to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary.

The Vatican office responsible for relations with Islam issued a
stern statement on September 8 saying that every religion has the right
to respect and protect its sacred books, places of worship and
symbols.

While deploring the terror attacks, the Pontifical Council for
Interreligious Dialogue said they "cannot be counteracted by an
outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a
religious community."

Pastor Terry Jones of the small, evangelical Dove World Outreach
Center has said he would go ahead with plans to burn copies of
Islam's holy book this weekend, September 11, despite opposition.

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[UPDATE] Washington (AP) -- (3:15PM) --

The White House says an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book could endanger U.S. troops serving overseas, and the State Department denounced the plan as "un-American."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says that type of activity
gets transmitted back to places like Afghanistan, where U.S. forces
could be put in harm's way.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called a Florida
church's threat to burn copies of the Quran to mark the Sept. 11
attacks "un-American" and said the plan was "inconsistent with
the values of religious tolerance and religious freedom."

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[UPDATE] Gainesville, Florida (AP) -- (10:22AM) --

The senior pastor of a Florida church says the concerns being raised by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan are legitimate.

But while acknowledging those concerns, the senior pastor of the
Dove World Outreach Center -- a small, evangelical Christian church
-- is still defending the plans to burn the Quran.

Terry Jones, in a statement released by the church, says, "it
is time for America to quit apologizing for our actions and bowing
to kings." He says there needs to be a message to "the radical
element of Islam" that "we will no longer be controlled and
dominated by their fears and threats."

[UPDATE] Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) -- (9:46AM) --

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan is warning against an American church's plan to burn the Muslim holy book.

Gen. David Petreus says burning the Quran could endanger U.S.
troops in Afghanistan and Americans worldwide.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Petraeus says "images of
the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in
Afghanistan -- and around the world -- to inflame public opinion and
incite violence."

The general's comments follow a protest on Monday, September 6 by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by the Dove World Outreach Center to burn Qurans on church grounds to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

Dove World Outreach Center is an evangelical Christian church
based in Florida that espouses anti-Islam philosophy. It has been
denied a permit to set a bonfire but has vowed to proceed with the
burning.

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Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) --

It should come as no surprise that Afghans are angry with a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As many as 500 Afghans rallied in Kabul on September 6 denouncing plans by the Dove World Outreach Center to burn the Islamic holy book.
The protesters chanted "Long live Islam" and "Death to America"
and listened to fiery speeches.

Some threw rocks at a passing U.S. military convoy, but the
speakers shouted at them to stop and told police to arrest anyone
who disobeyed.

The Gainesville, Fla. church has been denied a permit for the
bonfire, but vows to go ahead with it.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a statement condemning the
church's plans.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 01:30 AM
    America was founded on Christianity and the bible. Every elected officials swears in to office on the Bible. The pledge is One nation under "God"...Burning the bible on American Soil would be an attack on the beliefs that this county was built on. Why would you build a Mosque in a country that is founded on the the bible and then get mad and burn their bible? I mean if you don't believe in that country's foundation why would you want to be there?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    Sharia Law, is the Muslim law. I am not for it and I am not for any man, black, white, purple or green who is for it and more importantly I am not for any man who wants to force it in American's courts all the while telling American women they need to be tolerent of it. That IS bs. I am not for any law that is for hitting or striking or anyway being abusive to people and I dont give a dam if they claim that is part of thier religion. I am against it. I am not going to be tolerent of it. You keep doing flowers and sunshine. I suggest you wake up and spend some time in a book store thumbing though a Koran, A book on the Muslim Culture, and a Book on the Muslims law Sharia Law. I have and that is what that law does so don't preach tolerence to me, because that is abusive as h and I am not going to be tolerent of it. Tammy stop being a women who doesn't read. Go pick up a book and read about it b4 you start lect me on tolerence for it.
  • by Tammy Location: Tallahassee on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    This pastor is a quack! And doesn't even practice his books own teachings, forgiveness! I'm an atheist and have more compassion for people than this preist. When will the world learn, MUSLIMS didn't kill americans on 9-11, Terrorist did. Islamist and Muslims practice peace, not death. This guy is using a "General" argument to try and turn others against these peaceful people. THEY TO ARE BEING TERRORISED in their own countries! Why are we trying to shut them out? Everyone in america has FREEDOM of SPEECH and FREEDOM of RELIGION, SO why is this preacher trying to keep religion from being free??? Maybe instead of tihnking he is smart, he should actually read up on other religion instead of being an uneducated quack that would rather his way is the only way.
  • by Khloe RN Location: Tallahassee on Sep 11, 2010 at 11:36 PM
    Something to Ponder, EXCELLENT POINT!
  • by michael Location: jackson on Sep 11, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Burn it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Sep 10, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    David W, like our current leaders have done a good job? Hardly. And, just because you don't believe in God doesn't negate the possibilty of his existence. So what takes more faith, to believe that everything came from nothing all by itself, or that an intelligent supernatural being created it? Certainly the former requires a huge leap of faith, not to mention a denial of the Laws of Physics. You cannot logically disprove the possible existence of a supreme being. "From absolutely nothing comes absolutely nothing." You seem like an intelligent fellow, surely you see this? Have a blessed and prosperous day.
  • by SomethingToPonder on Sep 9, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    "Jesus Christ and mother Mary are considered holy and highly revered by every Muslim. This is the missing link here. Westerners should know that Islam is not some local cult like Buddhism or Hinduism which I personally respect. It is a universal faith stemming from the same origins of the Judeo-Christian faith which along with Islam are recognized as Abrahamic religions. This is mainly why Muslims cannot retaliate against burning the Quran by burning any copy of the Bible because Islam decrees that Muslims should respect and honor the Bible and Torah as well. And that explains why the Muslims protesters in Afghanistan responded to this shameful incident by burning an effigy of the pastor and the American flag not by burning a copy of the Bible."
  • by Straight white female republican athiest Location: Flying spaghetti monster-land on Sep 9, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    OK, for crying out loud, I'll solve this for you: I'll burn the origin of species and the theory of evolution, this guy can burn the koran and the muslims that are the terrorists can burn the bible. Then we'll all be even. They're books people. Just books. Choose one to believe or not, but quit squabbling overs who's beliefs are real and whose are not. If you believe in a god, as far fetched as that is, so be it. No-one has the right to censure someone elses's beliefs, as wierd as they may be to you. Remember folks, we're not supposed to mix religion and politics? Now we're being (threatened) by Iman that to consider moving the mosque at this point would further enrage the terrorists and therefore put us in more danger? So we bow down to that as well? I think not. This land is based on freedom of speech, many people have died for it, and many more will, unfortunatly. Religion is the root of all evil, and wars will always be fought, and people will continue to die, because of it.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Sep 9, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Dang,I actually agree with david wussler.
  • by Mia Location: USA on Sep 8, 2010 at 09:41 PM
    Where was the hysteria over the New Testament being burned in Israel in 2008 or books that were not the King James version of the Bible in North Carolina in 2009? Books have been burned for centuries and it has yet to stop the spread of ideology. If someone buys a book and destroys their property so be it. But to threaten an entire country and suppress the right to express their ideas is another issue. You do not have to agree with the idea but do allow the right of another to have their say. Give me a Quran and I will burn it but I certainly won't pay for one.
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