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. Ahmed

    This is so ridiculous and upsurd...I cant believe that this Pastor who is a preacher of the word of God, would preach and convince his congregation to burn another religions holy book! By his actions he is only putting gasoline to the already burning fire which will increase tension not only in the Middle East where our brave soldiers are fighting, but as well as here in the States. Why do such a hatred, ignorant act when dialogue, and discussion can happen. Its so sad to see hot close minded and ignorant people are nowadays. I know how it is like in the middle east because i lived there and witnessed how life is and its people and culture which is totally the opposite of what we hear and see on our television unfortunately... I hope that this pastor can get some sense in his head and do what is right and NOT burn the quran or any other holy book.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • David cant imagine a religion buring anothers holy books....Well hello....they do it all the time in Saudi Arabia. I say its about time....hey Ahmed

      September 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mother5

      Muslins started it buy 9/11 and burning our flags and trying constantly to enter our country if their country is sooooooooooo great why aren;t they staying at home. Our troops would love to be at home in USA instead of teaching peace to others. Our women have stepped up to protect our homes our communities while our men (not children) fight in wars. Ahmed go home if you don't like our country and enjoy yours in peace. Americans want peace, our BIBLE is here not the Koran. If you don't like the preacher for standing for what most Americans do – go home and fix your country first.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • trey

      @mother5...WOW. From "muslins" to our troops "teaching peace to others"...your stupidity is astounding. And the Bible is not the book of America, contrary to your narrow view. We have many religions here. An non-religious (thankfully). Get a clue.

      September 8, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Anderson Cooper has got to be kidding me....He acts with fack outrage to get ratings..What a hack......He is the bigot...Has he read the Bible or Quaran.....I bet no he has not.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kristen

    this pastor is a lunatic. I am appalled at this comunity. They are creating hovac and cause serious consequences for our troops. My husband is serving in iraq, and they are putting soldiers in harms way. I hope someone puts a stop to this. This will cause muslims every where to target our loved ones. I pray that these idiots realize whats at stake.

    September 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Who exactly do you think is shooting at our troops? Use your right brain for once

      September 8, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • mother5

      The troops overseas want us to protect our country at home while they are trying to teach then peace. Kristen – women and mothers need to back our men by not letting their ideas to take hold here. If their country is sooooooo great then they would not be here. Get real.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    This is definitely an example of big media giving a larger voice to an extremist voice that doesn't deserve this much attention or coverage. There are strange, borderline people in any society and religion. Why given them the big media pulpit on a silver platter? We are a country based on freedom of religion and speech, and apparently also the home of big media gullibility. The typical U.S. citizen would shun involvement in this act of disrespect for another religion.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Devon

    To justify ones own bad behavior by pointing out another's bad behavior is childish and stupid and without a doubt not Christian by any stretch. When you mimic what you dislike your become what you dislike. The Pastor is becoming hateful and is no longer qualified to be called a Christian let alone a Pastor.

    September 8, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    This is all politics. This crazy white supremist is not working alone. The Republicans, Brits & Isreali Terrorists who caused 9/11 to be able start these WARS are are all involved in this. This is simply to provoke violence in the middle east so troops do not pull out as planned. If the President has any power, he could stop this, but does he?

    September 8, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chukwuemeka

    I wonder why this is becoming an issue,if the pastor decides to burn a koran of which he bought with his money let him go ahead.Moslems burn US flag, Israel flag and the holy bible without thinking twice.When moslems visit London or US they feel free,dress the way they want and build their mosque.If you want to see the reverse of this, try and visit a core moslem country.I don't support the idea of paying them back in their own coin.What i want the pastor to know, is that the battle is not of the flesh but of the spirit of which the holy spirit directs.

    September 8, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Why is Islam the only religion that gets a free pass when it comes to violence?

    Today, a bunch of Muslims in Kabul burned an American flag, a scene that has been repeated on Muslim streets for decades.

    Muslims flew planes into the WTC on 9/11 and we are now worried about what they think of us. There is something very perverted about that way of thinking.

    This whole stunt by the guy in Florida is meant to show the absurdity of the Ground Zero Mosque proposal. By doing something equally distasteful, yet legal, he is showing the mosque supporters and builders what it feels like to have such an offensive act perpetrated under the protection of free speech.

    Some argue that this act of burning korans is more offensive than building the mosque near Ground Zero but those people are nearly uniformly mosque supporters. Opponents of the mosque know that burning korans is offensive but see it in the same light as building Park51 on the site where 3,000 Americans were killed in the name of Islam.

    Some have said that because it is two blocks away, it should not be considered a graveyard. However, those of us who remember that day know otherwise. After being burned alive, suffocated, crushed, or falling to their deaths, the inhabitants of the towers were pulverized into dust and ash, much of which covered the site of the proposed mosque. That dust is all that is left of nearly 40% of the victims in the towers because the destruction was so great that no identifiable remains were found.

    It's a graveyard, plain and simple.

    Burning korans is offensive, yet legal.

    So is building a mosque on the graves of 3,000 Americans killed in the name of Islam.

    Faisal Abdul Rauf should do the right thing and move his proposed mosque. That would calm tensions around the world and prevent stuff like the koran burning from occurring. But, I suspect he will not and this rift will only escalate until it becomes a full blown war of cultures.

    Regardless of what is done in the name of free speech, anyone who commits an act of violence owns that act in its entirety. Burning books, showing photos, or drawing cartoons cannot be accepted as the impetus for violence. If you commit a violent act, you alone are to blame.

    September 8, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • CWolf


      While I support free speech and pay dues to the ACLU to defend people saying any outrageous thing they want to, I think what the media is doing to make this man look like he represents the U.S.A. is hideous. Fortunately, this creates a moment of dialog to address some fuzzy thinking.

      Please examine your own logic.

      A national flag is not a Bible. It is the symbol of a government, not of God. Burning a flag may look to you like burning God's word, but most people in the world hold flags less sacred. Also, since muslims consider the Christian Bible one of several holy texts I wonder where you get the idea they regularly fuel marsmallow roasts with them?

      I am not islamic, but from what I understand, building the mosque in Manhattan is meant in part to show that Islamic Americans also have a right to mourn what happened on 9/11. Consider, no one called ahead to evacuate Islamic people, American or otherwise, from the Towers. They died too. Meanwhile their survivors must wrangle with being blamed for the incident when Islam is so diverse and decentralized that this is (to belabor the Jim Jones metaphor) a bit like blaming the Roman Catholic Church and the Mormons for the Jonestown Massacre.

      – Many courageous members of our own armed forces and members of our intelligence community are practicing muslims or are from muslim families.
      – In theory our military was put into Iraq to defend human rights and into Afghanistan to police a bunch of rogue religious extremists who attacked us and were being hosted by yet other religious extremists.
      – If you turn this into a religious war, Bin Laden has won.

      September 8, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joann Bair

    What is wrong with us,the human race? Are we really so blind to believe that GOD or Alla or any other name we choose to call a higher being would condone such insane behavior from any religious nut? Hate is hate.Bigotry is bigorty.It is disgusting when religious leaders spread this garbage. I would suggest we need more spirituality and less religion. Religious people crucified JESUS!!!

    September 8, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    The imam and the book burner are the same ilk. By their refusal to restrain the excercise of percieved rights, they degrade the purpose of the governmental organization and outlined amendments to provide domestic tranquility. BOTH are wrong.

    September 8, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. mamie

    After Sept 11, Americans – Christians and other religious alike killed millions in Iraq and Afghanistan. A tooth for a tooth? This process of eliminating populations is becoming vicious, made easier by imposed religious conflicts. Borrowing a line from the movie SALT: Kill more muslims so that America will have more enemies. We are like bomb molecules pitted against each other and the end game is "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST'.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Al

    Uh hey tart, who do you think is shooting at our armed forces? How do you believe this will put us and the troops in danger? AMERICA this is a test.... STAND UP, WAKE UP....USE YOUR RIGHT BRAIN!

    September 8, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brent

    Matthew 18:21-22   21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?    22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

    September 8, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
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    September 8, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. evan

    As a Gainesville resident, it's clear there's no interest in covering a fair representation of even our community. If there was, this "pastor's" few seconds would be long past, and the majority of the story would be about a diverse, peaceful and rational group of citizens. How do we elect to represent our country? Might as well watch YouTube for the news.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
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