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Article posted on 09/09/10
Author: Noel Alexander
Photo: Reuters/Scott Audette

A Florida Minister Has Cancelled Plans
To Burn the Koran on the Anniversary of 911

Trending today is a Florida Minister who has cancelled his announced plans to burn copies of the Koran on the September 11, the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

After achieving international noteriety and condemnation for his proposed protest of Islam and the radical muslim terrorists Terry Jones Thursday has cancelled his fiery display. He was addressed by President Obama who requested through public media that Jones cancel his protest. It took a personal call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging Jones not to continue on the basis that it would provoke more suicide bombings from the militant al Qaeda, as reported by Reuters.

Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman had this to say about the call, (Gates) expressed "grave concern" and told Jones, "(the protest) would put the lives of our forces at risk, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan." Even Interpol had issued warnings about the possibility of increased violence, and the U.S. State Department issued a warning to Americans traveling overseas.

Jones heads a small congregation in Gainesville, Florida, the Dove World Outreach Center church. Jones confirmed Gates call outside his church Thursday but claimed his decision was based on an agreement he held with Muslim leaders, which they denied to the press. He also said he would fly to New York on Saturday with Imam Muhammad Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida to meet the New York imam at the center of the Ground Zero controversy, Feisal Abdul Rauf.

But Rauf said in a statement he was surprised by the announcement. "I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Korans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement," he said.

"We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony," Imam Rauf said.

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