September 7th, 2010
07:29 PM ET

Pastor weighing plans to burn Qurans amid U.S. warnings

A Florida pastor told CNN on Tuesday that while his congregation still plans to burn Qurans to protest the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the church is "weighing" its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, who was interviewed on CNN's "American Morning," said the congregation is taking seriously the warning from the U.S. military that the act could cause problems for American troops.

"We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it," Jones said.

"We are definitely weighing the situation. We are weighing the thing that we're about to do. What it possibly could cause. What is our actual message. What are we trying to get across."

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  1. Jess

    Hmmm propoganda & book burning...Hmmm where've we seen that before in history?!
    "First they came for the socialists,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me."
    ~ Pastor Martin Niemoller, Nazi Germany, circa 1945.

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  2. Jess

    This self-proclaimed "Pastor" of the (LOL) so-called "World Outreach"- admitted he's never even read the Qur'an, yet ironically wrote a book called "Islam is of the Devil". Just another opportunist jumping on the propaganda, Islam-phobia bandwagon with their T-shirt & coffee cup sales...difference is- this guy is currently being represented to the world as a portrayal of America... not too smart!
    I have to agree with Gergen & fellow bloggers, that perhaps less media attention be given to him, though it is certainly important to be informed of- perhaps he‘d be more suited for Jerry Springer, as currently might be perpetuating. Though again, it is the media‘s responsibility to inform of us such blatant, uninformed bigotry and point out the growing Astroturf movement of divisiveness, that is apparent to most, fueled by those with political aspirations, and bonds of economic flush, for themselves- perhaps we can give him less coverage, less internet hits, and therefore marketing power…?

    September 9, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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