September 9th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Florida pastor calls off burning of Qurans

CNN Wires Staff

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(CNN) - The Florida pastor who had planned to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday has called off the controversial event.

The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center also announced Thursday that the imam who planned a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York has agreed to move it to another location.

Jones said he will travel to New York on Saturday to meet with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

The pastor appeared at an afternoon press conference with Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida.

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  1. Allegra Artis

    What a selfish man. Doesn't care about all the troops out there or even about the message to the world he has sent by his act. He has given American's a bad name just as the taliban gave Muslims a bad name.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  2. LaVon Hummel

    Thank you. Thank you for being able to hear and discern. The better for all thankyou.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  3. CPMOM

    I can not believe the actions of this one ignorant human being in Florida, with a congregation of 30 people, can get this much media attention. This has been broadcast all over the world, which is the First Amendment in action, and could cause all kinds of reprocussions. Who cares where Muslims build a Mosque. What ever happened to treat others the way you want to be treated? Get to know you neighbors and get along, who knows, you may learn something!

    September 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    I hope the Pastor continues to rethink the burning he planned and concludes that it is something that should not be done and would only cause harm and bad feelings.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm |