September 11th, 2010
12:06 AM ET

Pastor who planned 9/11 Quran burning arrives in NYC

The Rev. Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who has garnered worldwide attention for his plan earlier this week to burn Qurans on September 11, arrived in New York City late Friday night, according to footage provided by CNN affiliate WABC.

"I don't have anything to say right now," he told a group of reporters who followed him out of LaGuardia Airport and to a taxi cab.

K.A. Paul, an evangelist in contact with Jones, has said that there will be no burning of the book Saturday evening, as had been originally planned.

Jones has said he was scheduled to travel to New York City on Friday night for a still-unscheduled meeting with the imam in charge of the New York Islamic center planned near ground zero.

The planned meeting, Jones had said, helped persuade him to halt the planned burning.

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  1. pageman

    what a trickster.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Soldier's mom

      This man talking of burning Korans really makes me mad! My son is a soldier in Afghanistan, and Afghanistan civilians have been protesting all day that this man is talking of burning Korans. All this man has done is make it even more dangerous for our soldiers in Afghanistan. I am grateful though that alot of Americans do not agree with this man's desire to burn Korans.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • insightful

      I saw one who justified his actions as the exercise of free speech. But, lots of people are asking that the Mosque be moved when the congress in this land cannot make any rules that stop people for practicing religion.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • gib

      I cannot believe this idiot continues to garner news coverage - indeed, from CNN and others. As a small town pastor of <50 people, he should have about as much influence, or public interest as this email...

      September 11, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • PSYCHOTIC, idotic, nut-job pastor should be BURN !

      1. Putting U.S. Troops in DANGER.
      2. All American Citizens in abroad are in jeopardy.
      3. American Soldiers & Marines are Muslims, too.
      4. Muslims are serving U.S. Armed Forces; U.S. Military Personnel.
      5. This idiotic pastor ACTING LIKE A CULT - CULT.
      BURN PASTOR !!
      He is creating hostility & anger all around the WORLD.
      He carries a firearm, bring a gun to sanctuary, church.
      He is nothing more than CULT.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • PSYCHOTIC, idotic, nut-job pastor should be BURN - BURN !!

      BURN PASTOR !!
      He is a CULT; not a pastor.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      My old man said

      Never ever argue with idiots because they will drag you down with there own "LEVEL" & then beat you with there experience .

      so does pastor have freedom of speech ? sure 100% he does but question is do you think hes an idiot ? i have no doubt about it, he is absolutely not doing any thing intellectual or any thing positive he is doing sensual & provocative stuff for cheap publicity & thats all about it & now hes trying to be a super man matter of fact "super pastor" going NYC to talk about some serious issue ground zero mosque now come one pastor !!! i dont think he is even capable doing civilize intelectual conversation with any one even on any issue for me hes nothing but a crazy 90+ years great grandpa !! get a life pastor don't make matter worst if you can't do any thing better .

      September 11, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • realist

      This Pastor is no more than a radical Hater himself..a true American ole skoole terrorist! If he was a true man of God..he would put forth deeds to preserve all life no matter what color, religion or creed!!!!!!!!

      September 11, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles Martel

      First of all, any American has the right to burn a Quran if they want to. They can also burn any other symbolic things including American flags. If this were taken to the Supreme Court, they would have to rule that it is a very legal thing. Secondly, as far as putting troops in danger, they already are in danger. Is there a greater kind of danger than just plain old danger? Is there a super-duper danger? Lastly, all these religions created by ancestors are old and dusty anyways. Any one who could read or write could write a similar text. They are not holy....just old. Religious people just want the common people to think the books are holy to get people to give them money for free like a tax. There, I said it!

      September 11, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      I think everyone should have the right for freedom of speech. But we have make the decision as US citizens to help everyone. Which I don't think is a bad thing but we have tied our hands to a certain degree because of our decisions. So I don't feel that anyone should have the right to do anything that endangers or harms another person. Their our erratic people in all religions but it has already been determined that erratic Muslims are very dangerous. We can say it is because of their teachings or whatever. But it is what it is.

      Now the thing that disturbs me is our President makes a speech that states that if this 09/11 act of burning the Koran proceeds that our young men and women lives overseas will be in jeopardy. The more correct statement would have been, "No matter what your religion or beliefs may be. If any group, nation, or individual chooses any activity that places a US citizens life in danger they will face severe legal consequences." Now some may disagree but as stated earlier in my response we have chosen to tie our own hands.

      Secondly the news media chooses to focus on the preacher and how erratic he is and that he is running an occult. Let's think about that for a minute. So these people attend the church, they work for the church, they carry signs around, and they sale things to make money. Okay so no one is sacrificed, no one commits suicide, and everything is free will. Now let's talk about erratic Muslims. They have training camps on how terrible Christians are, teach them how to strap bombs to their bodies, what they need to do to see a thousand virgins by sacrificing their body, then the religious leaders support the family of the young men and women who sacrifice themselves in the name of Ali. So if the media is going to speak of occult Christians they also need to speak of occult Muslims as well.

      I don't believe the Muslims should be able to put a church on ground zero because it strikes so deep into the heart of US Citizens. That would be like Christians building a church in Pakistan next to the largest Mosque. It would be considered an insult.

      Bottom line is we and our nation did all of this to ourselves. I guarantee our forefathers are rolling over in their graves.

      So these are just my thoughts.

      September 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I have friends in Afghanistan also, and we fear for their lives. But he would be the first one to tell you that we must quit backing down from terrorist threats from muslims. if it's not burning the qu'ran, then it's something else with those people. If you talk to the soldiers there, they laugh at the threats made against them. It's like "it can't get much worse than it is now." Our soldiers, and those in America have to watch as muslims all over the world burn our flag, and we say "freedom of speech." They desecrate our whole idea of freedom, and use terrorism against the whole world, but we are not allowed to retaliate. Pitiful. Well from now on in my family, 9/11 will be known as qu'ran-B-Q day. We are standing up against the muslim threat of terrorism and world domination. Hitler should have been so dangerous as these people.

      September 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      This mosque has nothing to do with practicing religion. Islam is a government more than anything else. This is a victory flag planting by muslim terrorists. This is what they do. They took down our towers and muslims all over the world cheered. Now they want to "plant a flag." It's a disgrace to Americans. It's especially a disgrace to those who lost their lives on 9/11. When are people going to get a backbone and start standing up for the freedom they speak about, but truly know nothing of?

      September 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MAE

    I am surprised the TSA did not put him on the no-fly list as a terrorist threat.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • REM Boston

      Very true – he is a religious radical, separatist, home grown terrorist who promotes hate which endangers everyone in this country. Would not be surprised to hear he was gunned down or 'never heard from again' in a few years.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • kdub

      I like the way you think.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CCCool

      MAE-I couldn't agree more. Yes--"home-grown terrorist". That guy's one sandwich short of a picnic. I really feel it's shameful that reporters don't set a limit regarding lunatics-particularly dangerous ones. There's no reason in the world for a reporter to write what that nut is saying. My only comfort is that that "pastor" will be on the FBI list forever.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mama Bear

    CNN needs new gatekeepers and new leadership. This is total nonsense. They have created a story that is a non-story!!! That's why their ratings are in the toilet, and they keep using the same boring anchors that simply are not engaging nor that birght!! What happened?????

    September 11, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Pay Your Respect to the Gators

      I know! I hate it when a news organizations stop catering to white soccer moms who only want to believe what Fox News "confirms" as the truth.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • CCCool

      MamaBear-I wish it were only CNN giving that crazy nut coverage. it very much gripes me that the media grabs on to a sickie, and stokes the fires. It makes me feel like the media, in general, is as nuts as that whacko.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pay Your Respect to the Gators

    $10 says he got of the plane wearing cut-off jean shorts and a wife beater.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Crystal_7us

      Anyone check the Koran Trailer in FL? Where is so called followers?? This guy is up too no good, He is planning something and it does not look good, It is scary.!! God Bless all the famlies on 9/11!!!!!!!

      September 11, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. PARROT

    BREAKING NEWS.....A KANSAS CHURCH WILL BURN THE KORAN TOMORROW...JUST TAKE A LOOK AT YAHOO NEWS !

    September 11, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • AveHurley

      Jesus told Peter in the Garden of Gethsemme on the night he was betrayed – "Peter put down your sword!" [ when Peter wanted to defend Jesus and take the matter into his own hands] While Peter meant well, he was wrong to try and fight back the same way .This pastor meant well but was going to do it 'his way'- a very human response to the dangers he sees in islam. While you can burn a batch of bibles and not have to fear terroristic repraisals, with islam's true believers- the jihadists – those willing to die for their beliefs – burning a koran or just saying you are going to burn a koran is enough provocation for retaliation. Whether the korans get burned or not, the jihadists are still out there killing as thats what they do best- so any killings now will be justified as repraisals when in fact there is no justification for their terrorism.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. wibi bismanara

    Hopefully the imam can still build Islamic Centre ther..

    September 11, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    I'm glad they talked him out of it. All he was doing was getting more young troops killed.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • rcasteel

      yep, just as al-queda and the taliban were starting to like us, this yahoo comes along.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sugarmama

      Not just young ones. I'm just as worried about the guys my age and older who have kids and grandkids and have been redeployed four and five times already. Bullets and IEDs don't discriminate based on age.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. bigpumpguy

    hey pastor jones
    if they will not meet with you or talk about moving mosque–call the real men at home and tell them to get the home fires burning.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • rcasteel

      I hope the National Guard is ready to step in an insure their right to free speech.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • proudamerican

      Like the way you think!!

      September 11, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. bigpumpguy

    no gator i know would post like you did–you fake

    September 11, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Jam108

    Why haven't the Republican leadership and other conservatives spoken out about the planned burning? The lives of our troops are at stake, yet these hypocrites are still playing politics. Could it be that they want more violence directed toward Americans, so they can blame the dems for something else? Shame on them all..

    September 11, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • proudamerican

      This has nothing to do with republican or democrat, but America as a country. This is the problem with our society, everyone triies to play politics and be politically correct. Lets stop worrying about offending the few and start defending our country, our rights and our freedom. Whether we burn the book or not or stop the building of the mosque at ground zero, the muslim extremist will always hate us. There is no making them happy unless we conform to their way of thinking and in case you haven't listened to the news they continue to threaten all who are not a part of them and their ways.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • sugarmama

      I'm a proud, THINKING American, and I have to ask the question, what is there to be gained by burning Korans? What good can come of it? It is necessary? What's the point? What are the motivations of people who want to do it? Is someone looking to get his 15 minutes of fame and sell copies of his book by doing it?... Real, proud Americans ask a lot questions and demand real answers, they don't just show their a– because they can.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Foad massmoudi

    it is an islamic consuming time tactics

    September 11, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. dadsnorz

    I was watching a football game tonight and a fan ran onto the field. As usual, the fan was not televised during the interruption, as the attention they crave would have been rewarded, and thus repeated. I believe, as Mama Bear stated, that this Koran Story should have been labeled as a nutcase being a nutcase, filed away with the endless manifestos from loony birds that you probably receive daily. Editors need to Edit. Learn something from Sports.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. bigpumpguy

    edria blackwell–very glad to have you on the right side--proud american

    September 11, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pay Your Respect to the Gators

    Bigpumpguy – Uhhh sorry, I didn't mean to confuse the mentally handicapped Gator faithful with sarcasm...

    September 11, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. mnamso

    humans have made mistakes in the past. both religions. its time to outgrow and reconcile so as to make this world a peaceful place to live in.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
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