Fla. pastor says his church will never burn Quran
Pastor Terry JonesÂ flew to New York and appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. He says that his Gainesville, Fla., church’s goal was “to expose that there is an element of Islam that is very dangerous and very radical.”
He tells NBC that “we have definitely accomplished that mission”.
He says no meeting is planned with the imam leading the center but he hopes one will take place. (AP)
Hmm, what does that tell you about the land of the free and the home of the brave?
“Host company pulls plug on Florida pastor’s website,” from Reuters
(NBC) “She’s not a loose cannon. She’s a hard worker, works very hard.Â She’s very spiritual.” (eye on the world)
Ramadan body count total is now at 1,339.
From the RoP: Sunni suicide bombers targeting Shia pilgrims in Pakistan duringÂ Islam’s holiest month helped make this a Ramadan to remember.Â In all, the Religion of Peace racked up over a thousand dead bodiesÂ across twenty-two countries!Â (The competition combined for only one)
U.S. government, Interpol warn of violent anti-U.S. demonstrations around the world.
WASHINGTON/FRANCE (BNO NEWS) â€” Interpol on Thursday issued a global alert in which it warned that terrorist attacks are likely if the proposed Koran burning in the United States goes ahead as planned, while the U.S. State Department warned its citizens for the possibility of violent anti-U.S. demonstrations.
Bridges to nowhere
One more time:
Starts around 10:2
Watch how Â sly interfaith doctor Â Rauf Â lectures his clueless interviewer about American values, religious freedom (for Muslims) “justice”, Â which, for a Muslim, always means sharia: “this is what America is all about, Soledad, we got to really mean what we say, what our values are truly about….”
Back to Terry Jones and the sequel of events on Koran burning:
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf denies speaking to Terry Jones about moving New York Islamic centre further away from Ground Zero
Obama denounces him, gets the Defense Dept to intimidate him and then sends the FBI to his place?
And then they cry that he freely changed his mind?
The Muslims fooled the pastor.
He thought that he was getting them to change the location.
Now Rauf has announced that that is an insult to Islam and they will never change their plans.
The Ground Zero mosque is the ultimate Islamic dream of taking American by defiling our most sacred spot.
They will stop at nothing to gain control.
Indeed. They don’t.
Even Jesus had to play his part:
Imam used Jesus to plead case to pastor
Imam Muhammad Musri of Orlando had never met the Reverend Terry Jones of Gainesville when he drove up to the Dove World Outreach Centre and decided to talk to the Islam-hating pastor who planned to burn 200 Korans, Musri’s religion’s sacred text.
First, he had to walk past signs that said “Islam is of the devil” and make his way through the throng of international media gathered outside the church door – only to find that the pastor, his wife, son and an assistant pastor were locked inside, armed with handguns holstered on their hips.
As he waited outside in the heat, Jones’ crew argued about searching Musri for weapons before letting him in to a second-floor office. There, sitting across a bare desk and next to a large poster of Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” movie, Musri tried to persuade Jones to call off Saturday’s holy-book burning to mark the September 11 anniversary.
After multiple failed attempts at reasoning, Musri finally found common ground – in Jesus.
“I told him, ‘Don’t listen to the Koran, but listen to Jesus. Where in the Bible does Jesus tell you to do this? Didn’t Jesus say that you need to love your neighbours as yourself?”‘ Musri recalled. “I said ‘We are your neighbours. … There are thousands of us – doctors, professors, engineers, plumbers, you name it, and have we caused your church any harm?”‘
And that was the first moment Musri felt as if he was getting through to Jones. It would take a second visit the next day to get him to agree to a temporary truce.
For the 43-year-old Musri, known for trying to build bridges with other faiths and his efforts to inform non-Muslims about the Islamic faith, the olive branch to Jones was a natural extension of his work for more than 15 years in Central Florida.
Musri told The Orlando Sentinel in an interview Friday that he believed “something had to be done” to try to defuse “an international incident” raising tensions throughout the globe.
The president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, headquartered in east Orange County, said he felt “complete responsibility” to intervene on behalf of the estimated 50,000 followers of Islam in Central Florida and the thousands who attend the 10 mosques affiliated with his organisation.
“This was not about Pastor Jones or about us, but it’s about the people overseas, all over the world, who are watching us,” Musri said. “In Florida, we know this guy is just a pastor in a small church, but outside of the US he comes to stand for America’s Christians.”
Musri, a Lebanese native who came to the US 25 years ago to pursue his education and became a US citizen more than a decade ago, has been outspoken as a moderate Muslim.
He has forcefully condemned the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He supported the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has met with Catholic and evangelical leaders to advocate for common issues such as immigration reform. He has also led local relief efforts for victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, tornadoes in Volusia County, Flaorida, and the earthquake in Haiti.
And he has been appointed by Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist to serve on interfaith advisory councils with other Christian and Jewish leaders.
But he was walking into an unpredictable situation in visiting Jones.
Musri tried to convince Jones that more than a billion people consider the Koran a sacred book containing the word of God. He said Jones answered that he had not read the Quran because “Islam is of the devil” and because it doesn’t recognise Jesus as the son of God. Musri tried to warn him of the possible danger to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan because of the book burning, but Jones said that was not his responsibility.
They both emerged from that Wednesday meeting conciliatory. After a second meeting Thursday, Jones called off his planned Koran burning. Later that day, Jones reneged on those plans, calling the imam a liar.
Musri said he offered to set up a meeting with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in New York to ask him to relocate the so-called “ground zero mosque” to another site.
Jones, however, later said that Musri had promised the New York City mosque would be built somewhere else. He cancelled, and then later just suspended, the Koran burning until a new religious figure stepped in Friday and said Jones had cancelled the event again.
By Friday, Musri had not heard back from the New York City mosque, and its leader said through the media that he had no plans to meet with Jones. Musri said Jones had jumped the gun because he wanted to use the incident to get more publicity.
“I was shocked,” Musri said. “He is trying to now become the champion for moving the mosque and he wants to stay in the spotlight, and he understands that if he keeps to his word, all these media trucks are going to leave his lot and nobody will come back to him.”
On Friday morning, Musri withdrew from the media spotlight to pray with thousands of area Muslims at the Central Florida Fairgrounds to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
In typical fashion, their imam asked them to be patient and not let Jones or any other anti-Islam preachers goad them into a fight.
“We should not be provoked,” Musri said, “and we should be patient so we don’t react with anger”.
But is it over? Hell no: