Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who intended to burn a Qur’an on 9/11 has suspended his plans.
10 September 2010 | New Statesman
Terry Jones, the American pastor who received world-wide condemnation for his plan to institute “National Qur’an Burning Day” has agreed to susped the stunt.
Jones claimed that he suspended the burning because of an agreement that was reached to move the proposed location of a new Islamic cultural centre in New York, known as the “Ground Zero Mosque”. However, New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said in a statement issued last night that he had not spoken to Jones.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin waded into the debate, saying in a Facebook post: “People have a constitutional right to burn a Qur’an if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.”
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both waded into the furore, urging Jones not to go ahead. The Pentagon said that it feared that the burning of Qur’ans could result in retaliatory attacks on US soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.