Florida Preacher Could Change Mind About Cancelling Koran Burning

By: CBS
By: CBS

There’s a new development in the story that’s gained a firestorm of controversy all over the world. The Florida minister who promised to burn copies of the Koran first said he was cancelling the event but later said he might change his mind.

A Florida preacher’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of September 11th is cancelled for now.

During an afternoon press conference, Reverend Terry Jones said the decision was part of an agreement that will move the site of the controversial Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.

“The Imam has agreed to move the mosque,” Jones said. “We have agreed to cancel our plans for Saturday.”

But in a statement, the Imam behind the New York Islamic Cultural Center claims there is no agreement in place saying, "We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter."

Florida Islamic leader Muhammad Musri claims he brokered talks between the preacher and Imam but confessed there is no solid deal in place.

“I don’t have a promise from the Imam,” Musri said. “I did not speak to the Imam directly.”

After hearing that Jones held another press conference and said the Koran burning is now only temporarily suspended while he finds out the truth.

“Now we are in a state of limbo and have to rethink our position,” Jones said.

Jones only has a congregation of 50 people, but his threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book triggered international outrage.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Jones and asked him to call off the burning. And the President told Good Morning America the preacher should cancel his plans.

“This stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform,” said President Obama.

Right now Pastor Jones does not plan to burn copies of the Koran, but says that could change after he talks to Muslim leaders in New York .


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