War is Deceit, said Muhammad, Profit of Islam….

Florida pastor says imam lied to him about Ground Zero mosque deal

It’s just difficult to imagine a “misunderstanding” arising over such a major point. Jones called off the Qur’an burning for the moment; now the onus ought to be on Imam Muhammad Musri to come clean about what he told Jones. Hopefully, there were witnesses. For something this important, there should have been, and must be in the future to avoid precisely this sort of thing.

More on this story. “Pastor cancels Quran-burning, then reconsiders,” by Antonio Gonzales for the Associated Press, September 9 (thanks to JW)

Earlier today we had this:

Florida pastor calls off Qur’an-burning….

…but only if the mega-mosque is moved away from Ground Zero

I ain’t buying any. “Fla. Minister Cancels Burning of Qurans on 9/11,” from AP, September 9:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 9) — The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

The soldiers of Allah are a bit more determined in the pursuit of their goals:

Muslim group to distribute replacement Qurans in response to planned burning

(CNN) — CAIR, the long arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and a front for Hamas, will announce an initiative Thursday to distribute 200,000 Qurans to replace what it says are 200 copies that a Florida church plans to burn in a gesture that has sparked controversy worldwide.

(CNN) — A major Islamic group  (CAIR, the long arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US) will announce an initiative Thursday to distribute 200,000 Qurans to replace what it says are 200 copies that a Florida church plans to burn in a gesture that has sparked controversy worldwide.

The Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, said he will go ahead with plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Jones’ plan comes amid increased pressure and warnings that doing so could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide.

On Wednesday, the Vatican joined a chorus of groups imploring the church not to burn Islam’s holy book, saying it would be an “outrageous and grave gesture.”

The president of the General Assembly also expressed concern about the planned Quran burning. Ali Abdussalam Treki said it will “lead to uncontrollable reactions” and spark tension worldwide.

Earlier this week, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, warned that the plan “could cause significant problems” for American troops overseas.

Despite the growing pressure, Jones has rejected the pleas, saying his message targets radical Islamists.

“The general needs to point his finger to radical Islam and tell them to shut up, tell them to stop, tell them that we will not bow our knees to them,” Jones said on CNN’s “AC360.”

“We are burning the book,” Jones said. “We are not killing someone. We are not murdering people.”

In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, plans to hold a news conference in Washington on Thursday to address the issue. The group’s “Learn, Don’t Burn” initiative includes the distribution of of 200,000 Qurans and other activities planned for Friday and Saturday.

“This educational initiative is designed for those who seek a proactive and constructive response to the church’s very un-American actions,” said Nihad Awad, CAIR national executive director.

“The tiny group of extremists carrying out the book burnings clearly do not represent our society or its values and have been repudiated by all mainstream religious and political leaders.”

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of the few public officials who defended Jones’ right to go ahead, even as he condemned the idea as “distasteful.”

“I don’t think he would like if somebody burned a book that in his religion he thinks is holy. … But the First Amendment protects everybody, and you can’t say that we are going to apply the First Amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement,” Bloomberg said, citing the section of the Constitution that promises freedom of speech.

The planned action has drawn sharp criticism worldwide.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting U.S. troops from religious intolerance, has promised to buy one new Quran and donate it to the Afghan National Army for each one burned in Florida.

Petraeus has warned that the burning will endanger the lives of the 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still battling al Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement.

Latest updates:

Robert Gates Urged Terry Jones to Call Off Koran Burning

Rev. Terry Jones: Quran Burning “Very Necessary”

Rev. Jones Stands Down; Quran Burning Canceled

5 thoughts on “War is Deceit, said Muhammad, Profit of Islam….”

  1. Actually the idea of the quran-burning is a result of islamic terror.
    people tend to follow bad examples; you radical, me too; bibles
    burned, qurans will follow.
    one can not use two measures; all islam all ok/all others not ok.
    the injustice will lead to the demise of all religions.
    the muslim outrages about trivial things is just an excuse to commit
    crime in the name of islam.
    They will dig their own graves.

  2. Trap or Truce?
    The idea to go to NY to discuss the moving of the GZ mosque
    “CAN turn out to be for an assasination-attempt by a fanatic confused
    individual from a not further determined religion, or someone who wanted to protect the country from people like Mr. Jones or a
    christian extremist who wanted to free christianity from this lunatic”.
    Hopefully it is not turning out that way on Saturday.

  3. Here’s what I posted on The Hill.com this evening (slightly edited) regarding this act of surrender in which I agree with you, Sheik, I ain’t buying it either.

    “We need to know if the FBI, Obama, Eric Holder or other public officials coerced this pastor to concede. Regardless of how one feels about Rev. Jones, this is his own property where he was about to do what some folks think is evil (which I don’t agree with, though perhaps unwise) and well within his 1st Amendment rights. Unless his planned burning was putting the safety of human life and/or others’ properties at stake, in which law enforcement would have the right to step in and establish certain parameters, he was certainly well within the 1st Amendment with his actions.

    A local talk show host on an ABC affiliate stated today that Obama was considering personally calling the pastor. If he did so, this is chilling and we need to know what was said and if he was threatened in some manner. If his 1st Amendment rights are at risk, then so are all of ours. The ACLU should be coming to his aid but they’re more likely too busy filing suits to continue purging America of its Christian heritage.

    Unlike the Westboro Baptist Church, which conducts repulsive protests at the funerals of dead soldiers and churches they claim support same sex marriage, Rev. Jones planned to exercise his 1st Amendment rights on his own property. And unlike the WBC, the pastor has never stated that he or God hates and condemns America. You may not approve of his tactics and he certainly doesn’t look very happy in the videos and photos taken of him but one can at least dialogue with him. The same cannot be said of Shirley Phelps of the WBC who literally is consumed with hate.

    Law enforcement cannot sacrifice 1st Amendment liberties for the sake of a deemed to be unpopular event. The nutcases threatening this pastor’s life need to be put in their place. If law enforcement will not do so, then we all lose and the radical Islamists win.”

  4. If only Obama and Co had been around in 1773 to warn against that stunt in Boston, in the colony of Massachusetts, of throwing tea into the harbour…

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