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. trying2save

    Imam is trying to spread his faith. Pastor is trying to protect it.

    If Imam has been given so many options, why does he want to keep the issue festering, considering majority of Americans oppose the mosque. Get over this issue – relocate the mosque.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosalee Dallimore

      I would like to know why the Muslims think they can build any where they want and yet there are many churches and synagogues who have been turned down to build where they want. This is America and any one wanting to build, whether it be a house, store or church, has to go through a lot of red tape to get permission to build and then they have to go through all the building codes, etc. No one is allowed to build what ever they want with out the permission of the powers that be. So why do the Muslims think they can do what ever they want and if not, then those who oppose are called all kinds of names??

      September 11, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. raju

    Let Imam change his mind in building the mosque in Zero point. If a muslim mosque comes at ground zero it will be the next headquarters of a Al qaeda in America .This idea should be stopped to save USA from Islamic terrorism. . If a christian want to buld a church in Saudi does it will never happen . Muslims are only patriotic to their religion and not to there nation. So for the better future and to avoid love jihad culture in USA ,the plan should be stopped . I was in Saudi Arabia many years and travelled all over middle east except Oman . In Saudi Arabia even Christians praying in their rooms are also not allowable . Holy bible is not allowable to bring and if it is cought in the airport, it is thrown away.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarity

      Sorry, this line of thinking could only appeal to PODUNKS who don't understand anything about the world, its diversity and history.

      Peaceful American citizens trying to build places of worship where they have needs (this congregation has outgrown its space and has been in the neighborhood for 20 years) is not for debate.

      If you don't think the people behind this congregation are peaceful, offer your proof or shut-up. Everything other than fact is your personal bias, ignorance and hatred.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeff

      You are just an big IDIOT. Please read Mr Raju b4 you write anything. Soudi Arab got lots of Churches. If any Muslim deny others rights, HE IS NOT A MUSLIM. You are saying 2 billions of Muslims are Terrorists? Almost half of the world people? Ha Ha 🙂 Then you would die by this time. When you are comparing you should compare apple to apple. Have you ever asked yourself that, Mohammad wasn't King but why in Saudi Arab's leader is a king? Find out the answer.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Curious

    The pastor made his point. Christians never riot and threaten murder when Muslims burn the Bible. The pastor says he's going to burn the Koran and Muslims worldwide immediately riot and threaten murder. Some religion of peace.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarity

      Who's done a burn the Bible day? Duh.

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

      Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder
      Article by Jeremy Scahill :

      A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."

      September 11, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JS

      @Curious : There are bad apples in every community and it is wrong to paint them all with one brush . The article that i posted above was just to emphasize that there are lunatics in every community but that does not mean that their "lunancy" is sanctioned by any religion

      September 11, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. naf

    to mik.........thats what makes us different from other countries...if they do it, let them. why should we act as them? and to be clear...the muslims NEVER BURNED THE BIBLE.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Don't Be Fooled!

    I'm not aware of any Muslims burning Bibles.Especially not American Muslims. So please stop fueling the fans of hatred.
    More importantly, many Muslims Americans died on 9/11 in the WTC. Their parents had to suffer a pain no parent should suffer. The news of your child's death. Then they got to suffer another injustice, false accusations that THEY were responsible for this heinous act. Can you imagine the Horror of being wrongly accused of killing your own children along with thousands of other innocent people. Calm down and think.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. naf

    wow raju stop worrying about saudia arabia and worry about your own country. AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE A DECLARED RELIGION. SAUDI DOES-WHICH IS ISLAM. WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE GET IT FREAKING STRAIGHT.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. tothink

    This will bring out all radicals and WE can STOP THEM FROM continuing what they are ALREADY DOING ...Burning the American flag , killing Missionaries trying to help the flood victims in Pakistan. WE ARE AT WAR with radicals Muslim all over the world. AS FOR harming the troops THEY ARE IN A WAR ZONE!! THIS WILL HELP THEM DO THEIR JOB. OUR TROOPS ARE THERE TO STOP THEM. THEY HAVE NOT FOUND MANY. THIS Koran BURNING IS GOOD FOR ALL OF US. WE HAVE TO STOP THE MUSLIMS WHO WANT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD NOW OR THEY WILL BE IN OUR HOMES TO KILL US, IF WE WILL NOT SAY THAT WE HATE JESUS

    September 11, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarity

      You are only at war with your own ignorance

      September 11, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Don't Be Fooled!

    For the record people, you can't build ANYTHING in Saudi, since their law only allows Saudi citizens to own land. So I can't even build a Mosque in Saudi if I wanted to. But Saudi is not = Islam. Go to Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and some of the other Muslim countries there are churches everywhere.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Saeed

    How ignorant the Pastor and his followers to the religion of islam. Islam requires its followers to believe in Bible and Torah as holy books. Koran has devoted a full chapter to Mary, mother of Jesus. Please read it instead of just listening to few idiots.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. MessageFromIndia

    Looks what happened to India. After hundereds of years of brutality, tourture, and destruction to Hindu society, HIndus have become so coward, they even can't claim their religion in their own land. From a 100% Hindus, we had become 30% plus Muslims country before independence because of forced conversion by those Muslim kings at that times. A radical muslim chops off a Professor's hand because he named a character in a exam paper as Mohammad, nobody can dare to call him a terrorist. All top media people r calling him a criminal only. Sometime one can see there is UK bashing since they ruled for 200+ yrs but nobody talks about the genocides/brutality/tuture committed by kings from WestAsia before English ruled us

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

      Lets leave aside Muslims for the time being and look at what Hindu upper caste people have done to their own low caste Hindu "brothers" in India (who make up 70 % of India ) . Out of desperation many low caste Hindus have converted to Islam and Chrisitianity . Do I need to remind you what your Hindu brethren did to Graham steines and his two small children in Orissa . They burnt them alive .
      Graham Stuart Staines (1941-January 1999) was an Australian Christian missionary who was burnt to death along with his two sons Philip (aged 10) and Timothy (aged 6) while sleeping in his station wagon at Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district in Orissa, India in January 1999. In 2003, the Hindu activist Dara Singh was convicted of leading the gang.

      Graham Staines had been working in Orissa among the tribal poor and especially with leprosy patients since 1965. Hindu groups allege that he forcefully converted or lured many Hindus into Christianity. However, his wife denied having used any force to convert people.

      Latest example of Hindu Elite love in India
      Sep 6 2010 , The Hindu reports :
      MYSORE: Normality returns to Ankahalli village of Gundlupet taluk, where upper caste Hindus allegedly torched two huts belonging to Dalits (backward caste Hindus) early Friday for complaining to the police about the social boycott imposed on them. The police has arrested 12 persons in connection to the incident.

      September 11, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. naf

    AND TO MAKE IT CLEAR...if a christian agrees to burn the quran, he/she is commiting a GRAVE SIN-sacrilage. WHY? because your belief in JESUS as a God is mentioned numerously in the QURAN. if you dont know what sacrilage means, look it up.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    This Terry Jones guy has no credibility left. He should quit from what he's doing and leave the country or where he is living right now.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Don't Be Fooled!

    Muslims love Jesus. They are actually waiting for his return. Go look it up. Jesus is addressed in the Quran more than Mohammed.

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

      Validation by association! Don't be fooled, the best lie has a bit of truth sprinkled in, so the koran has sprinkled mention of Jesus into its writing. Read further and see mandates that require followers of islam to not make friends with the outsiders and when in control, to charge them protection money and that tjews [& other non muslims in muslim controlled countries] can not even walk passed a mosque without being requires to remove their shoes in homage. You can not wear any other religious articles in muslim controlled nations. You can not build churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia [Islamic main country] and other fullly politically controlled islamic countries. Only in partially controlled countries do you even find churches or synagogues. Muslims with a conscience will later be forced to choose the ways of the jihadist or suffer along with the non-muslims. Muslims are not allowed to convert to other religions, under penalty of death when caught. Sharia still calls for barbaric cutting off of hands and stoning of human beings!!! It still happens and can you honestly be so deceived to believe a God of Love would do such a thing to His people? Satan was cast out of heaven with 1/3 of the heavenly host, down here to earth and these spirits have been whispering lies into man's [and woman's] minds since the beginning of time~ I am sorry but allah is not another name for God but only the name of the god of this world- who is beneath the one true God and Father of Jesus Christ – IF you really belive in 'god' and really want the 'truth' start praying to 'God' and ask him to reveal 'himself' to you and if you can resist the lying spuirits to your mind and thoughts, if you seek 'God" with your whole heart~ He will reveal Himself to you~- Peace!

      September 11, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. naf

    uhm excuse me 'message from india'--i believe the NAZI's tried to dominate the world too by killed the mentally retarted , jews, etc. SO DOESNT THAT MEAN THAT ALL CHRISTIANS WANT TO DOMINATE THE WORLD? sterotypes sterotypes sterotypes

    September 11, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. raju

    I was in Saudi Arabia many years and travelled all over middle east except Oman . In Saudi Arabia even Christians praying in their rooms are also not allowable . Holy bible is not allowable to bring and if it is cought in the airport, it is thrown away. Pakistan also worst, minorities, especially Christians are torturing there and everybody knows about that. It is true in the middle east there are churches but that is in selected areas only. In Mecca and Madina non-Muslims are not permitted to enter.
    Why Muslims want this mosque in that place itself and why they can build it some other place. Where ever Muslim majorities are there, it is very threat to minorities. Due to fear mostly minorities are converting to either Muslims or leaving the country. This is true and agreed upon by Muslim writers itself. In dawn (Pakistan news paper) Irfan Hussain wrote on Wednesday 14th July , 2010
    “From Pakistan, a human rights activist has sent me a sickening account of a Christian whose wife and four children were killed last month in Jhelum. Appratently, Jamshed Masih, a Christian policeman , was told to move from the predominatly Muslim colony where he has his family lived. Before the attack, Masih’s 11 year old son went to a local shop, and was refused service on the grounds that he was a non-muslim. On his return, locals led by Maulana Mahfooz Khan entered the house, asserting that the boy had committed blasphemey and must be punished. Mrs Masih pleaded with the mob, and asked them to wait until her husband returned, but somebody threw an object at her head. Her daughter managed to call her father, but by the time he returned, his family had all been massacred. The head of the local police station has refused to register a case against the killers, saying: “Khan is an influential man, and he said your son has committed blasphemy- we can not do anything against”, The police officer added” I am a poor man, I have a family and I was pressured by higher authorities not to register the FIR.

    September 11, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarity

      Raju – this is America

      We are not debating whether Christian practices in far off distant lands should allow us to judge what "Christians" want to build here. I'm not judging the YMCA by what some Christians do in Korea or Brazil, right?

      September 11, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
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