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Quran burnathon back on?

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 10, 2010 | 12:12 am

 

I’m. So. Tired. Of. This. Charade.

Terry Jones, the Florida pastor no one had heard of before he proclaimed 9/11 burn-the-Quran day, says that despite his concession earlier today his plans to torch the Quran may be back on. From the Los Angeles Times:

Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said he canceled the threatened book burning after securing a promise that a controversial Islamic center and mosque planned two blocks from ground zero in New York City would be relocated farther from the former World Trade Center site.

But after two prominent Muslim leaders contradicted Jones’ claim, he ratcheted up tensions anew, telling reporters that he might go ahead with the Koran burning. He said he had been “lied to” by a Florida imam with whom he had discussed moving the New York mosque, the Associated Press reported.

Ugh.

In other news, the extremists at Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church had picked up the torch—literally—earlier tonight and said they would hold their own Quran-burning party. Also, The New York Times has a story tomorrow looking at how the media has covered this story; it’s an expedition I partook on at GetReligion this morning.

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