Florida Preacher to Follow Through with Koran Burning

By: CBS
By: CBS

A Florida preacher is digging in his heels despite the growing outcry that he abandon plans to burn the Muslim holy book.

A Muslim leader came to the door of a small Florida church hoping to talk the pastor out of burning the Koran.

“I think the pastor as a Christian will follow in the footsteps of Christ and will do the right thing,” said Imam Muhammad Musri, President of the Islamic Society of Central Florida.

But Terry Jones has made it clear, despite pressure from religious leaders, the White House and General David Petraeus, he’s not backing down.

“We have no intention of canceling,” he said.

The leader of a 50-member congregation in Gainesville insists he received quite a bit of support for his plan to mark the 9/11 anniversary by burning copies of the Muslim holy book.

While legal experts agree Jones’ protest is protected by the 1st Amendment, the city fire department has denied him a required burn permit, and the company that manages the church's website pulled the plug on his account.

“We feel that is an indirect violation of our freedom of expression and speech because they are trying to shut us down,” said Jones.

Neighbors troubled by Jones' plans are mobilizing at events like this interfaith service.

“This is the best example of what our community is about,” said Salvador Pancorbo of Gainesville. “You have a church of 50 people and here in the first two rows you had a lot more than 50 people.”

As U.S. troops and embassies around the world brace for fallout from the Koran burning, residents here are planning more gatherings like this one and a protest of their own.

Without the burn permit, Jones may face a fine, but he says lawyers have told him he has the right to burn Korans with or without the city’s permission.


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  • by Brenda Location: USA on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    I don't know..... I really want the Korans to be burned and show them that their is only one true Bible, but then are we any better then them. I'm sure that if this does happen that they will start attacking and inocent lives will be lost. But it would be great to watch it happen
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    This "threat of reprisals" is simply ANOTHER item that the muslims want the rest of the world to follow. Remember the death threats and fatwas issued because a writer wrote about what the koran really stood for? This was after many of the mislim countries burned books, flags, attacked infidels.... and more. The there was the issue of portraying muhammed... Threats were isssued by muslim leaders, books were burned, threats were made, killings were done... and more. Now we have threatened book burnings to protest the muslim penchance for violence. And what do we see happen... threats are made, violence is offered, killings are threatened.. and more when will it stop? these scum need no reason, the book being offered for burning promotes killing of infidels, and anyone that is not a muslim is....? ding !! ding !!! ding !!!! DING !... an infidel... you got it ! Therefore you can be killed, without further justification, thought or reason.
  • by Fran Location: Illinois on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:28 AM
    Please do not do this, there are thousands of people who are in harms way if this is done. The soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the line of fire.
  • by Jess Location: West Virginia on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    If the American Flag can be burned then the Hate-filled Koran CAN be burned. When it comes to Muslims the constitution is protecting them; what about fighting against the purist evil that is Islam? The constitution also protects those wanting to burn the Koran. The Koran teaches to kill all Christians and Jews, so get a clue stupid Americans. I know two Muslims and they are males. These two guys tell me they will party and screw whores and act American but when called upon to fight against us and for Allah they will. Doesn't that prove how evil and misleading they are? YES.
  • by Cindy Location: US on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I am not sure i agree with the burning event, but what would happen if someone was burning Bibles, would there be this kind of outrage? Probably not and that just goes to show what state America is really in. We need to get back to the basics of what this country was founded on and those who don't like it, leave.
  • by charles Location: rehobeth on Sep 9, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    call me if you need a match, pastor
  • by Jim Location: Dothan on Sep 9, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    Some of his 50 membership pulled out, but he may have acquired more nuts since. Seems to be a publicity seeking crazy who needs to be restrained for the safety of our soldiers. His so-called "Doctor" degree is an honorary degree awarded by an un-accredited theology school in Calif for his work in obtaining donations for them. Been reported that he was kicked out of Germany for some stunt he tried to pull while he was there.
  • by Dearly Departed Location: US of A on Sep 9, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    Anyone that wants to stop him is a fool. The very same thing is happening in New York with the table turned. Tha Mosk near ground zero and they want to open it on the 9/11 anniversary. Barack Hussien Obama thinks they have a right to build it but says nothing about it being a bad idea! Now he says this is a bad idea but says nothing about his right to do it. Typical muslim lie.
  • by rodsmith on Sep 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    good for him. the people over there have no problem burining bibles, flags, churches and let's not forget the world wide death warrant for anyone who makes fun of their great leader. about time they got a taste of their lessions. As for the so called theat to american soldiers. GOOD when the idiots come out to threaten them. Well they are solders and have guns. KILL EM and be done with it. Might be one way to get the little terrorists out where you can get rid of them.
  • by ji Location: Daleville on Sep 8, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    This idiot is no better than those he is protesting against.
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