Tonight on 360°, hear from the Florida pastor who plans a Quran-burning this Saturday - on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. Pastor Terry Jones says he plans to continue with the event, even though the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan issued a statement warning against it.
Burning copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, "could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," Gen. David Petraeus said.
Pastor Terry Jones said his goal is "to send a message to radical Muslims." He went on to say, "We don't consider our message of hate. It's a clear message of warning." Keeping him honest, Anderson will ask Jones if the lives of U.S. troops are less important than the message he wants to send.
Also tonight, the imam of the proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero is breaking his silence on the controversy. Feisal Abdul Rauf has written an op-ed in the New York Times titled, "Building on Faith."
"We have all been awed by how inflamed and emotional the issue of the proposed community center has become," wrote Rauf, who has just returned from a State Department-sponsored Middle East trip to promote U.S.-Muslim relations. "The level of attention reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate: recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship."
Rauf goes on to describe the center that he would like built two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center Towers, which were destroyed on September 11, 2001. "We envision shared space for community activities, like a swimming pool, classrooms and a play space for children. There will be separate prayer space for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths," Rauf wrote.
We'll have more on the op-ed and give you an up-close look at the man behind the message. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will give an exclusive interview to Soledad O'Brien tomorrow on Larry King. Don't miss that Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.
And, join us tonight at 10 p.m. ET for these stories and much more.
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