Florida Reverend Stands Down from Quran Burning

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones (L) listens as Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida in Orlando, speaks during a press conference. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

Reverend Terry Jones, leader of the Dove World Outreach Center, a tiny Pentecostal church in Gainesville, has backed down from his plan to burn the Quran. Reverend Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of September 11th lit an international firestorm. Now Reverend Jones says he will not burn any Qurans – and he doesn’t think anyone else should, either.

The announcement came after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a phone call to the Pastor, saying that such an act would put national security at risk. 

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich helps us unpack the politics of pulling the plug on the planned Quran burning.

And for a global perspective, we hear from BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus.


Jonathan Marcus and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [13]

Thulfaqar A Ayyad from GULF

I just want to clear my point of view here, this truly shows how great hatred they hold in their hearts against ISLAM as a religion and not individuals act, because in the course of time its people individual deeds that proven Evil and not Islam and the holly book of Quran is gift from God (ALLAH) to humans….
Likewise he revealed his book and protected it all those thousand years from all evils at their times and how many hand must have tried the same!! Just ask yourself this question where are they now??? You will answer yourself; He (ALLAH) will still protect it for sure; Do they think that by doing this they will achieve the ultimate, I am only scared of one thing the curse that they will this act bring to themselves and their poor innocent community people.
May ALLAH Bless all from these evils

- Thulfaqar A Ayyad

Sep. 10 2010 05:10 PM
John Edwards from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

While burning a book may be Constitutional, it is illegal under New York law to threaten its burning to compel someone in New York not to exercise a lawful right (to build a Mosque). It is coercion.

Sep. 10 2010 12:02 PM
Jean from Oklahoma

I am not a scholar, a diplomat, or a politician. I'm just an average American, and it's clear to me that the majority of Americans think this proposed Koran burning is wrong in every way. I only hope that message gets through to Muslims worldwide, especially those who are already protesting.

Sep. 10 2010 10:47 AM
Faith from USA

11 Countries Speak Out Against Koran Burning

An 11 page story – Christian Science Monitor – about the condemnation of burning the Quran was very enlightening. First, it shed light on how people around the globe find this act disgusting and an affront to Islam. As a Christian, I have spoken out against this vile act and the extremist who proposes it. It is not in keeping with the principles of my Christian faith. Secondly, and equally important, I noted that only the Vatican condemned this type of activity for ALL faiths. The other leaders either failed to grasp this as a moment to tell the world desecration of sacred books and symbols of any faith are wholly inappropriate….or they think it is only inappropriate to burn a Quran. How shameful. Government and religious figures around the world should seize this opportunity to extend their alarm and indignation for this despicable act to any and all faiths. What's wrong with an Imam saying to the world that it is equally wrong to burn a Bible?

Sep. 10 2010 10:44 AM
Ffej from Connecticut

Pastor Terry Jones didn't really think this through... else he would have thought to threaten stoning the Korans rather than burning them, thereby reducing his behavior to a level of barbarity comparable to those by whom he appears threatened -- not Islam overall... rather, the lunatic fringe.

In response to such a threat from Pastor Jones', someone might then remind him of John 8:7: "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone… ."

Sep. 10 2010 10:41 AM

I think that it is correct to label this proposed book burning as a non-event that is not newsworthy. However,with all of the present outcry, it strikes me how quiet we, here in the US and in the Muslim world,are when it comes to the ongoing persecution,killing and displacement of Jews, Christians, and animists in the parts of the planet where Muslims are in the majority.

Sep. 10 2010 09:54 AM
Nikos Retsos from Chicago, Illinois

I cannot really believe the massive media coverage given to Mr. Jones. But I do believe that this 9/11 anniversary will be the sleeziest of the decade.

Jones is not a pastor. He is a buffoon whose congregation numbers was quoted in various media outlets as being between 10 and 50 members. He is, therefore, the epitome of a social insignificance, but he managed to pull the U.S. media by the nose, and created a Muslim poking frenzy of media coverage for the 9/11 anniversary. It was a well-designed campaign to rise the swells of America's anti-Muslim sentiment , and make a fame for himself as the bigot who had the guts to take the Holy Quran up to the altar, lit it, and turn it into ash. And surely he has managed to get more than the proverbial 15-minutes of fame.

I believe the media should have collectively hushed his announcement. But with the media striving for the attention of the readers, whose numbers bring in the commercials revenues, media exploitation has become easy. And that is why bombers blow themselves up, drug lords kill those who stand on their way, and protesters hit the streets. They all vie for the headlines.

Mr. Jones managed to get an avalanche of headlines with the stupid idea of burning the Holy Quran because he ignited it at the right time - just before the impending 9/11 anniversary. As they say: timing is everything. He was successful in obtaining infamy, but he is naive enough to believe that he has attained fame. Now he walks around proud, but with a loaded pistol on his belt - just in case.

Becoming an infamous bigot turned out to be easy for Mr. Jones. But now comes the difficult part of his newly found pride and infamy. He would have to look over his shoulders for the rest of his life. Offending the Holy Quran invites martyrdom in the Muslim world. And Mr. Jones is probably clueless or he has forgotten what happened to the author of "Satanic Verses," Salman Rushdie, who had to go into hiding after the late Ayatollah Khomeini issued a "death edict" against him for offending prophet Mohammed. Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Sep. 10 2010 09:29 AM
Bo from Charlotte

As a U.S. citizen, I support the Gainesville gentleman's free speech rights. To be fair though, he should include every "holy book"...

Sep. 10 2010 09:24 AM
Mike from Atlanta

This nut-job is only trying to make a name for himself and his little cult. Too bad he isn't following in the footsteps of another cult leader and breaking out the Kool-Aid.

Sep. 10 2010 09:17 AM
Lori West from Lubbock, Texas

I am sad at the ignorance that still exists in our society today. I became Muslim a few months after September 11th in 2001, and I want to encourage all my fellow Muslims to respond responsibly and with the compassion and tolerance that both the Quran and the Bible teach us to do. This is a perfect opportunity for both religions to follow the teachings of Jesus (Isa) and be merciful to one another and handle our differences with peace and understanding. Don't forget that the Quran is a recitation on our hearts and no one can burn that. All the pastor has is paper and ink. Don't give him more than that to use against Islam. Lets teach Islam with our example! Peace to everyone!

Sep. 10 2010 09:16 AM
David Zapen from Miami FL (WLRN)

www.thomhartmann.com says that the German magazine DER SPIEGEL reported how Terry Jones was chased out of Germany for crimes including spiritual torture, used to extort money from his followers. If Jones wants to take part in George W. Bush's crusade, aka Operation Iraqi Liberation, let him drive trucks in the Mesopotamian desert.

Sep. 10 2010 09:14 AM
Nona Reuter

Why do we call him a "christian" pastor? There is nothing christian about his actions.

Sep. 10 2010 09:12 AM
Gudrun Frady from Brooklyn

Why can't this pastor be stopped and his actions be treated like a hate crime?

Sep. 10 2010 09:01 AM

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