Burn A Qur’an Day is Cancelled (Thank God)

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Photograph: Chip Litherland/Polaris/Eyevine: Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who planned to stage a Qur'an-burning protest on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, has decided to cancel the event.

Pastor Terry Jones has cancelled his plans to burn the Qur’an on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Centre church [Ironic name huh?] based in the university town of Gainesville, called off the book-burning after he claimed an agreement had been reached with Muslim leaders to move the controversial location of a planned Islamic cultural centre and mosque in New York.

The New York imam behind the development, however, said there was no agreement to move the mosque away from the former World Trade Centre site. Feisal Abdul Rauf said there had been no negotiations, while Manhattan real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal also denied that any talks had taken place. Gamal said the centre would go forward as planned.

via US pastor cancels plan to burn Qur’an | World news | guardian.co.uk.

I’m sure this is old news already but I just wanted to point out a couple of things. First, I felt pretty certain that this guy would eventually announce the cancellation. Second, Pastor Terry is holding a book in the picture above – any connection? Thirdly, I’m not sure I believe that he secured any deal on the proposed mosque in NYC.

And that is my real concern. While Pastor Terry has finally acted in Christian prudence, the same cannot be said about the imam in NYC. Obviously he is not Christian but prudence is prudence – and building this mosque near Ground Zero is not prudent.

I actually see this move as something just as asinine as burning the Qur’an. Not only did there appear to be a veiled threat in the interview this imam did with Soledad O’Brien, he portrays his Muslim brethren to be some sort of savages that will react violently any time something does not go their way – or at least what this imam perceives to be “their” way.

Anyway, we need to hold firm on this mosque thing because it’s not appropriate. Not at all.

Oh, and it is my understanding that some new church picked up where Pastor Terry left off and stated that they would be the ones to burn the Qur’an. Apparently this is the same Baptist church that likes to protest the arrival of our military dead – real American patriots you know.

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