Quran Burning Off – Park51 Controversy Back On

Well, it seems that the Quran burning crisis might be over.  Terry Jones, leader of the Dove World Outreach church in Florida, has backed off of his threat to toss copies of the Muslim holy book into a bonfire.  Instead, he will allegedly be spending the anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, trying to convince the Park51 Imam to move the proposed Muslim Community Center.

CNN has this story’s bizarre turn:

A Florida pastor Thursday called off his controversial plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center, standing with a Florida Muslim leader, also said the imam who planned a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York has agreed to move it to another location. But the imam who appeared with him said that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in New York agreed to speak with Jones about possibly moving the center.

A spokesman from Soho Properties told CNN producer Vivienne Foley that “the Muslim community center called Park51 in lower Manhattan is not being moved.”

Jones, meanwhile, said he will travel to New York on Saturday to meet with Rauf.

There’s only one small problem.  Jones believes that he was promised that Park51 will be moved, and that if it isn’t, well, once again the entirety of the religion of Islam is once more to blame. 

Via the Associated Press:

Jones said Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida told him that officials would guarantee that the mosque would be moved.

“I asked him three times, and I have witnesses,” Jones said. “If it’s not moved, then I think Islam is a very poor example of religion. I think that would be very pitiful. I do not expect that.”

Musri thanked Jones and his church members “for making the decision today to defuse the situation and bring to a positive end what has become the world over a spectacle that no one would benefit from except extremists and terrorists” who would use it to recruit future radicals.

But Jones is very clear about one thing now, at least.  If he’s not going to be burning Qurans, no one else should be doing it, either.  The Washington Post reports:

“We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans,” Jones said during a news conference. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.”

Someone better be sure that message gets to Fred Phelp’s church before he decides to try that stunt again.



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Linda H.
Linda h7 years ago

Troy, Not a mosque.
So far hasn't met with anyone in NYC.
Just selling books and making money.

troy H.
T.L. H7 years ago

He kept his word and didn't burn the Qurans.I wonder what will happen with the Mosque.I hope the 87% in the poll that thought nothing would come of the meeting are wrong.

Linda H.
Linda h7 years ago

Thank you all who are standing with us to let our community have some much needed facilities in our neighborhood. For the rest of the week I'll let my profile pic show all that we support this project.
To all the haters and the gullible fools that willingly follow them, I hope you all remember that Lee Atwater had to ask for forgiveness before he died for creating the "Willie Horton" ads to win an election.

Fa'izah J. A.
Jauharah Andrews7 years ago

One of the foundations of the United States is freedom of religion and I'm certain that includes freedom from religious persecution which is what many of the early immigrants to these shores came here for. Given that, all this uproar over the building of Park51/Cordoba House and any other mosque or Islamic Community Center needs to go away. There are much bigger issues that impact us all - the economy and all its associated issues; the loss of life as a result of the occupation/wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; corruption; the environment. These are issues that energy should be focused on; not who is building what and where.

Mary P.
Mary P7 years ago

Terry B and Tom W- You NEVER stop spreading Hate because of your OWN Personal insecurities and Fear of ISLAM, do you!

Hate begets hate so the more YOU try to spread hate; the more others will hate you for trying to divide people instead of uniting them.

Tom W- its NOT Islam thats satanic BUT its YOUR hate- filled heart thats satanic. Go and ask any True Priest of GOD about hatred in one's Heart for any creation of GOD.

BTW, Jesus(PBUH) preached LOVE of ALL people NOT hatred.

You need to go and study intepretations of the Holy Revelations before spewing out your mis-interpretations of any Holy Revelations of GOD. Do as the priests and religious scholars do; spend years of their lives studying interpretations of Holy Revelations.

BTW, People's ignorant actions no ways represent any religions. The sexual molestations of little boys by christian priests does not represent christianity does it!!!

Mary P.
Mary P7 years ago

Glenna Jones - "One Unitarian church spent the day with a reading of the Koran. Anyone could go & read as long as they wished. Peace is the watchword"

WOW!!! I say 'Hallelujah' 'Allah-hu-akbar'( arabic for GOD is Great) to that.

The more Hate-mongers try to DIVIDE people of the world, the more GOD will UNITE HIS Creations.

'GOD brings together and ONLY GOD can pull apart.'

There is NO POWER or STRENGTH except with GOD Almighty; try as man might he will NEVER succeed against GOD Almighty.

Peace and Truth will reign and Falsehood will be overcome. Ameen

THANK YOU, GLENNA for passing on this information; May GOD Almighty Bless YOUR Heart with HIS Luv, Closeness and Intimate Friendship. Amen.

Bora S.
Bora Salama7 years ago

Diana S. Sep 10, 2010 1:01 PM

You said "this is about respecting the dead" I think the Muslim and non-Muslim communities who lost members are right behind you on that and also the communities who did not lose anybody in the outrage.

However when you said "building a building on the site where a terrorist act took place is uncivilized and disrespectful" some of us might not agree with you on that. First it is not "ON THE SITE where a terrorist act took place" we know it's a couple of blocks away.
Secondly for it to be "uncivilized and disrespectful" depends on what use the building was put to. A place where communities can get together for prayer, meditation, reflection and contemplation is surely not the same as a gambling den, a drinking hole that turns people into alcoholics or a club where women are paid to remove their clothes for the pleasure of others.

What would be "a tragedy and an outrage" is for the Park51 project to fail and for the likes of the pastor and the terrorists, both of whom want to fuel divisions within communities for their own ends, to succeed.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik7 years ago

One Unitarian church spent the day with a reading of the Koran. Anyone could go & read as long as they wished. Peace is the watchword. Isn't that what the 9/11 terrorists wanted to take away? They wanted us afraid, divided, fearful and above all they wanted us to be sure that we scapegoated Muslims. Some of us have obliged those terrorists.

Mary P.
Mary P7 years ago

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yakub m.
yakub m7 years ago

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