September 7th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

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

The pastor of a Florida church planning to burn Qurans told CNN Tuesday while the congregation plans to go through with the action to protest the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States by al Qaeda, the church is "weighing" its intentions.

Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Church 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," said 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."

The planned action has drawn sharp criticism from Muslims around the world and U.S. officials.

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  1. Mark Bradley

    I agree whole heartedly with everything Bill Brennan, Drew, Dawn and CC have stated. I also mentioned how if you denounce any part of this faith with a comic, a book.. Now theres a Fatwa after you.

    These folks should be left to their own defenses. I am absolutely sick of this double standard and the US having to turn the cheek.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Evangelist

    it is my job and duty as a soldier, but will not inflict you any longer, i know when God is not wanted, so I bid thee a good day to you sir.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cynthia Villanueva-Allen

    Any chance you could actually quote chapter and verse that allows you and your brainwashed followers to do something so hateful and so reckless? Of course not, because it doesn't exist. Thanks very much for simply giving people one more reason to hate Christians. You are everything that contradicts Christ and His message, and I am horrified and ashamed that you have rubber stamped Christ on this viciousness.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wiseguy

      Thank you. This is one of the clearest and smartest things I've read all day.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Evangelist

    remember this, the church is seperated from state, even i as a christian must follow the laws of the land

    September 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Evangelist

    so really all in all they burned our flag the flag is a representation of our country not God

    September 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ray

    The sign behind this so called man of "god" is misspelled thus showing the man has done no research into this group that he hates so much is so ignorant of.How would you like to be taught the word of God by this fella it seems quite obvious he doesn't know the bible either.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. albert frank

    Does everyone realize that our troops or fighting hand in hand with Iraqi and Afghan troops against the enemy? Oh yeah did I mention that they are muslim! Other countries don't judge us based on the kkk's beleifs.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    This pastor is an idot and should be stripped of his american citizenship.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EstherRenee

    Whatever happened to what would Jesus do???

    September 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cam

    This pastor is no different than Hamas or Jihad as he uses fear to promote hatred, anarchy, and war. Jesus reached out and supported thieves, criminals, and his opposers. Somebody should inform this hypocrite to practice what he preaches.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Virginia

    The media should stop making him a central figure of their time in air. This is a stupid man.
    Why do the muslims need to build another mosque when their is a mosque four blocks south of the location that is causing all this hate. A mosque on both sides of bround zero with high towers would look like a menorial to the hijackers that lilled thousand of innocent people.

    September 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny

    We weren't attacked by Islam, we were attacked by a group of misguided individuals who, like the Dove group, do not represent their faith. The Koran is not the source of any of this evil. Despite being neither Christian nor Muslim, I've read both the Koran and the Bible (KJV if it matters). I can only conclude that both books are widely misinterpretted and that neither deserves being burned. A pastor in my area was speaking highly of the Koran burning idea while wearing a "WWJD" shirt. If spreading hate and xenophobia by burning religious texts is what you feel 'Jesus would do' I'm afraid you've misunderstood the man and his message. By the way, the Koran speaks highly of Jesus. I would suggest before burning one, people should read it. Then maybe they would realize that it isn't the source of all the evil in the world. I also propose that the Christians out there who are tired of their faith getting a bad reputation from a few bad apples should try to out shout them with kindness and love for their fellow man. Taje back your savior's message! It won't be easy, only negativity makes the news, but wouldn't it be worth the effort?

    All life is sacred.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    Oops, sorry, "TAKE back..."
    Is it just me, or is it disturbing that an article about Bush posibly losing his Heisman trophy has hundreds of comments while this only has dozens?

    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keith Sillsbury

    It just proves my point. People are stupid. People who believe in religion are even dumber and we need to let these holey rollers fight it out with each other in the desert and bring our troops home. Just drop all these christian saints right down on those kabobes an tail~abans and the when the winner trys to leave, we shoot them too. Ending the false gods,

    September 8, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
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