Posted: Sep 9, 2010 5:13 PM by Greg Boyce
Updated: Sep 9, 2010 5:41 PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida minister who has created an international uproar about his plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of 9/11 now says he won't burn any Qurans.
The Rev. Terry Jones says he changed his plans after reaching a deal to move the location of the controversial mosque planned near New York's ground zero. But the head of Islamic Society of Central Florida says Jones misunderstood. He says he told the preacher that he personally opposed the mosque. But he says there was no such deal and that he only agreed to meet with Jones in New York. In New York, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said he was surprised by the announcement and that he would not barter.
Jones, who espouses anti-Islamic views, had been under pressure from government and religious leaders not to stage the event. Some fear it could spark unrest and violence directed at Americans.