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Pastor Says He May Halt Quran Burning If WH Asks

Thursday, 09 Sep 2010 09:59 AM

 

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WASHINGTON – A Florida pastor at the center of a global storm over plans to burn hundreds of Qurans said Thursday he would likely call off the event if asked to by the Obama administration.

Terry Jones, head of the Dove World Outreach Center, told USA Today he had not been contacted by the White House, Pentagon,or State Department about Saturday's planned ceremony on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

If he were "that would cause us definitely to think it over. That's what we're doing now. I don't think a call from them is something we would ignore," Jones told the daily.

President Barack Obama on Thursday warned the burning ceremony would be a "recruitment bonanza" for al-Qaida, which carried out the 2001 attacks on the United States in which almost 3,00 people died.

"You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan," Obama told ABC television in an interview.

"This could increase the recruitment of individuals who'd be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities," he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also has condemned the plans as "disgraceful," while military leaders have warned it could endanger troops serving in Afghanistan and Pakistan, both Muslim countries.

The gun-toting pastor said the aim of Saturday's three-hour evening event in Gainesville is to send a message to radical Islamists that "it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up and confront terrorism."

But his tiny church of about 50 members has triggered fears that a violent wave of Islamic anger could ripple around the globe, similar to past controversies centered around Islam.

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who sparked Muslim outrage in 2006 with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad, told German media that satire like his was "provocation. Provocation should lead to reflection, to enlightenment, to knowledge. In this case, this is really not the case."

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