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. michaelfury

    Will Rev. Jones use nanothermite to burn them?

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2009/04/11/the-rest-is-silence/

    September 8, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    Maybe Rev. Jones can perform a miracle by melting some WTC steel with the burning Qurans.

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/we-have-heard-reports/

    September 8, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. way

    islam IS anti christian and this country was founded on christian values...go to a muslim country with a bible and see how that works out for you !

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

      Actually, this country was founded on secularism and religious freedom. Several of our founding fathers were even atheists.

      September 8, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Artemisios

    If blood is spilled, it will be on Anderson Cooper's hands. Pastor What's-His-Name leads a couple dozen illiterates in an obscure church in rural Florida. If CNN weren't so obsessed with the ratings they think they get through following runaway brides, this fool would never have a state-wide audience, much less a world-wide one. CNN and Anderson Cooper are goading him into jeopardizing world peace.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Clark

    The Florida congregation has the right to exercise their beliefs, however, if they really want to influence the world in the right way, get off your lazy-safe-from-harm-butts and join the fight against radical Islam by signing up with the military and carry the fight to them where it really matters...in their backyards.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jill

    I thought Christianity taught tolerance of others. Did Jesus not "turn the other cheek"? It is a shame that this MAN (he is clearly not a minister) is influencing and leading people in hate acts... what's next? Burning crosses? Shameful.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jill

    WWJD? What Would Jesus Do?

    September 8, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    Churches should be leaders in promoting, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Is this church acting in accordance with that principle?
    Then, book burning? Our founding fathers would “turn over in their graves!”
    Finally, based upon the historical resolve shown by believers of the Koran in terms of action/reaction—to extremes of self-sacrifice—does this group really believe that such an action will alter anything in a fundamentally constructive way; or, will it just fan the flames? We all know the answer to that.
    Subject to check, probably 80 to 90% of all the wars in the history of mankind have been fought over “irreconcilable” religious differences. This is how those wars started. When they ended, after thousands of lives were needlessly and unconscionably lost, the differences were still irreconcilable.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jill

    Thanks to you Pastor Jones you have raised my curiosity... I have decided to read the Quran for myself to see what it is you think is so objectionable...

    September 8, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mother5

      Jill think of this way...the people at 9/11 all have differenct reglions and they went to work thinking their families were safe and because Muslins who read their Koran (that evidently says its ok to kill in the name of God) can destroy all of the 9/11 llives and they do it in many other countries and its ok because the Koran is ok with that. The BIBLE says DO NOT KILL – 10 commandments. Why read it? Ask someone that did live through 9/11 and ask them if they read the Koran and where is this type of act is ok to get to Heaven.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • trey

      Yeah, that's right @mother5. Don't read it because ignorance is.......you.

      September 8, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Meme

    Would the pastor be so bold to burn the Quran in the Middle East...?

    September 8, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. chuck

    he is an idiot looking for attention the wrong way and is endangering peoples lives.two wrongs dont make a right!

    September 8, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. ren

    What do you expect? They slapped us in the face with Mosque at ground zero. This is probably just the beginning. I'm not at all surprised.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ray

    The thoughts and actions of 1 ignorant hate monger disguised as a religious leader in no way represents the general feeling of the United States nor it's people towards the Quran, Islam or it's followers. Please ignore this fools plea for attention.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Why r so many americans wimps win the war go kill them like u do in a war and get out. Forget the muslims I'm not religios I agree with bill marh. Those books are for the most part fairytales. Burn it its about time we stood up and said no more to that wacky islam. They will act like muslims weather this guy burns their hate book or not so really what differance does it make. And yes I don't like muslims but I don't do anything to them but I know they would like to kill me

    September 8, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      It's really a shame that so much ignorance exists surrounding Islam and that so many ignorant people fall into the traps of hate mongers spreading falsehoods. I wonder how many "Christians" like Pastor Jones and Mike above have read the Bible much less the Quran to be able to say things like, "I know they would like to kill me" when most Muslims would more likely want to feed you than kill you. Please stop the blind mindless propagation of hate for the sake of hate.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mother5

      American firefighters ran into the building to resuce anyone they could. How many Americans believe the Muslins would do it for you? As #1 USA has always had several people of all cultures of all reglions want us to change and be like them. If t-heir country is so great why do they continuely try to get into our country. We have turned the other cheek and watched them burn our flag and our buildings and we have tried to accept their ways by walking by and not doing anything because we are to forgive them. The BIBLE says 70 times to forgive -we lost that many soldiers and civilians 10 times over. they do want us to get angry enough to do evil just like them but when is enough?

      September 8, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jean-Claude

    what the hell ARE U.S. troops fighting for if an American pastor cannot burn the damned Qurans? Islam is the cultural/spiritual enemy of all that America's original ideologues intended; it is the enemy of Christianity, the historical murderer of untold nmbers of Christians, and utterly intolerant of most Christian practises in Muslim countries. I hope the pastor does not back down. Burn the Qurans, that damnable book of heresy, blasphemies, delusion, and passageway to eternal hell! You must not believe that people, when confronted with truth will always respond with acceptance.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • mother5

      AMEN! TO JEAN-CLAUDE.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ren

      No kidding. Yep they are a gentle peace loving people. Tell that to the muslim woman who lives down the block, smokes, cusses like a sailor and leaves her child in the car crying while she fights with her muslim husband who cheats on her.
      Most of this is aimed at the radicals. Believe me they are doing much worse in our "honor" in the middle east. They carry weapons on and off duty just to kill Americans. A friend of mine was almost a victim. Maybe book burning isn't the answer but I agree. WAKE UP AMERICA!! Our country is being stolen from us.

      September 8, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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