Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Florida pastor determined to burn Quran to mark 9/11 anniversary
The spiritual leader of a small Florida congregation, which adheres to an anti-Islamic belief structure, said Wednesday that he is determined to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11th. This is despite the fact there has been an international outcry, as well as pressure from the White House, not to.
Pastor Terry Jones and the roughly 50 members of his Gainesville congregation are seeking to initiate "International Burn-a-Quran Day" to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States.
According to U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. and NATO top commander in Kabul, Afghanistan, images of the Quran being burning would, without doubt, be used around the globe to incite violence.
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UPDATE AS OF SEPT. 10TH: Rev. Jones backed off and then reconsidered burning the Quran. Check the Associated Press for the most recent development.