September 11th, 2010
07:48 AM ET

Pastor clearly says Qurans won't be burned

Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones told NBC's "Today" show Saturday he's decided to cancel the Quran-burning event to have been held at 6 p.m.

"I can absolutely guarantee that there will never be a Quran burning at our church," Jones told NBC. "We will definitely not burn the Quran."

Earlier Friday, Jones gave mixed messages about whether he intended to carry out his plans, which have sparked international controversy and protests in the Muslim world. U.S. military leaders said the event would imperil the lives of troops abroad.

President Obama said Friday that the idea that "we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is contrary to what this country stands for."


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  1. sadworld

    U all racist and ignorant people. Whether u call him allah god yaveh kRishna its all the same whether u rad bible quran or thora it s all the same bokk in different languages. Wake up people stop tryin to be the best in the world:americans. Thats a shame. Learn other countries. Learn life. Life. Religions lead to one same creator. Muslims are good people like other followers of whatever people chose to believe in. And americans blew up the towers.......

    September 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    TexVet - what about the Muslims that have lived/been born in America. Do you hate them all because they are Muslim or just because they are different from what makes you feel safe and secure. My daughter was born a Muslim and if you or anyone else seeks to harm her for the acts of others I’ll make sure to exercise my Second Amendment rights.

    As you spew hate please think of those you harm and remember Karma is a b****.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      Kevin I do not wish to harm anyone. But tell me, is it not one of the tenets of islam to rid the world of infidels (non-muslims)??? I really don't care what they or who they believe in, I just want them to do it in their part of the world so I don't have to be concerned about being blown up or beheaded. I also don't want my rights as an American to be stifled because of them.

      September 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Why is this deluded lunatic still on the front page? CNN and the other Media put him there. We all believe in free speech and freedom of the press. And we all hate murdering extremists and stupid bigots. And none of us are afraid. This is not about freedom of speech. This is not about freedom of the press. This is not about censorship. It’s about the Editorial Boards of CNN and the other Media. (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    (continued)They chose what to cover and how to cover it. In this instance, CNN and the other Media jumped for sensationalism before they did their editorial homework. They handed the might and power of their coverage to this very sick man, and very nearly handed him a trigger to Armageddon. They had to know in advance what this kind of coverage would mean, but went ahead, only to "discover" later (24 hours) that he is as deluded a lunatic as another “Jones” in maniac history – Jim Jones. The Editorial Board of CNN bears a great responsibility to America, and in this, they completely failed. They failed completely and are of course unaccountable. (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    They chose to become an accomplice of Al Qaida, rather than getting the backgound of this madman and then calmly but publicly defusing the situation in a mature way. There was hardly anything more shocking or hideous as Suzanne Malveaux - haughty, defiant and accusing - blaring out over CNN TV: “Does this say something about the Obamba administration’s ability to handle something like this!?” Hideous, Suzanne. You behaved grotesquely. (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    The Media created a bomb of a madman and then Suzanne dared the Government of the United States (like it or not) to do something about it? What an abuse of the privilege; what an abuse of power and position, Suzanne. Another commentator immediately said, No, Suzanne, this is a “media problem” – alluding to the Editorial mishandling – even knowing he was kinda’ putting his job in jeopardy. He asked, “With this kind of coverage (mistake), how do we (the Media) put the genie back in the bottle?” (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    (continued) And the whole part of the World that wishes us evil, is laughing at us. And what part of the World wishes us well are afraid. What are they afraid of? The Editorial Board of CNN—Leader in WorldWide Chaos. And ALL of Media then reacted like children playing with guns. Total Shame. Total Failure. And now, if there are not global riots, and if ALL muslims and ALL christians do not take up arms against each other, CNN will try to “take credit” for “exposing” this guy – all to cover their grave error. (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    (continued) We now cannot trust our formerly precious and “free” media to do their jobs. They are too busy creating very dangerous stories, rather than covering them or, God Forbid, actually helping the United States. But then, I must have forgotten that CNN and empowered people like Gloria Borger and Suzanne Malveaux are actually Bigger than we simple Americans. (continued)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    (continued) To CNN and the other Media, we are “out there”, wherever that is. And by extension, they (in there, I suppose) are all larger than the United States. You Media Imams all better have a meeting and a latté and think about this. While you’re at it, think about what treason really is. Then, there is the thought that you really did all of this intentionally…………. You should be so very, very ashamed. (end)

    September 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    TexVet - This is one of the biggest misunderstaings.... This is stright from the Koran:

    In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
    Say: O infidels! I worship not that which you worship, nor will you worship that
    which I worship. I shall never worship those gods whom you worship, nor it
    appears will you ever worship Allah, whom I worship. to you be your religion, and
    to me mine.

    The Qur'an in English
    MidEastWeb for Coexistence 275

    September 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vince

    As a Dutch born American its really sad to see some of these comments. To quote another American."CANT WE ALL JUST GET ALONG"

    September 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TexVet

    I will tell you I have never read the koran. I have read quotes from it however. Are there not passages that direct muslims to destroy infidels where ever they find them??

    September 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. selian

    Muslims are crazy if they think that qurans aren't already being burned. Chistians need to stand up in the battle that is being waged. Any good christian should know that God will and has called on His people to defend the word of God a d expose the liars who so-called come in the name of peace. God is a loving God, but he will also show His wrath against those who denounce him.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin

    TexVet - No I have read the Koran, the link at the bottom of my last post can take you to an English translation. This is a true translation not someone trying to input their misguided beliefs. Just for the record I'm not Muslim but I have read my Holy Bible and the Koran. Just like in the Bible you can find fire and brim stone but no commandments to go forth and murder in the name of any god. The Koran in its true form is a book built on PEACE and TOLERANCE. Something I think everyone should practice every day and especially on 9/11.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      Kevin, please forgive me for cutting and pasting, but this does have references to the koran in it.

      "Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled. The Jews say, 'Ezra (Ozair) is a son of God'; and the Christians say, 'The Messiah is a son of God'. Such the sayings in their mouths! They resemble the sayings of the Infidels of old! God do battle with them! How are they misguided!..He it is who hath sent His Apostle with the Guidance and a religion of the truth, that He may make it victorious over every other religion, albeit they who assign partners to God be averse from it." (Sura 9:29-33).

      "O Prophet! make war on the infidels and hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their abode! and wretched the passage to it!" (Sura 66:9).

      I don't know....just unsettling.

      September 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Selian - If you believe in God as a Christian then you must believe that he has given you free will. If God gives you free will and you choose not to heed his word he DOESN'T hate you. He waits for you to find him and will forgive you your transgressions.

    Why can't we live on this earth in peace and with the understanding that everyone is different? God made you the way you are don't you think he made Muslims too and if so isn't is possible we all worship the same God just in different ways.

    Are you trying to say God only made Christians and everyone else were just put on this planet to irritate you?

    September 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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