Pastor Terry Jones, the pastor of Dove World Outreach Center, a small church in Gainesville, Florida, announced on thursday the cancellation of “International Burn a Qu’ran Day,” an church event where members of the church would burn the Qu’ran, the sacred religious text of the Islamic faith.
According to the Associated Press, Pastor Terry Jones cancelled the event as a result of an agreement he had with the Islamic leader of the controversial mosque, planned for construction near Ground Zero. Though it the agreement has not been officially confirmed yet , “International Born a Qu’ran Day” has been cancelled because building of the mosque has, apparently, been agreed to be relocated.
The event recieved strong dissent from many prominent religious organizations, religious leaders, and govermental leaders, including the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the World Evangelical Alliance, General David H. Petraueus, and President Obama.
Update- (September 9, 2010): “International Born a Qu’ran Day” a Pending Matter
Due to the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s official denial of agreeing to relocate the Ground Zero mosque, “International Burn a Qu’ran Day” has resurfaced as a new possibility.
Pastor Wayne Sapp, an associate pastor at the Dove World Outreach Center, said, “We have not canceled the burning on Saturday, we have suspended it, until we get confirmation on the info we were given today.” Meanwhile, Jones has not announced whether the event is back on or definitely canceled but has said he is praying.
Update- (September 10, 2010): Pastor Terry Jones’ Son Says No Qu’ran Burning Will Occur on September 11
On Friday, Luke Jones, son of Pastor Terry Jones, told reporters that the Qu’ran will not be burned on Saturday, September 11, but did not give assurance that the event will not occur in the future.
Update- (September 11, 2010): Its A Done Deal: Jones Say Qu’ran Burning Ain’t Ever Going to Happen
In an interview on Saturday, Jones made it clear on NBC’s “Today” show that he has no plans on burning the Qu’ran on September 11 or on any other day.
“Not today, not ever. We are not going to go back and do it” — burn the Koran. “It is totally canceled,” he said.
Terry Jones arrived at New York Friday night, planning to meet with the Immam behind the ground zero mosque. He acknowledged that there is no meeting scheduled, but plans to do his best.
“Florida pastor cancels plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11”. Associated Press. 9 September 2010.
“Quran burning On Again? Florida Pastor Says Maybe”. MSNBC. 9 September 2010.
“Son Says Jones Won’t Burn Qurans on 9/11”. CBS News. 10 September 2010.
Cave, Damien.”Pastor Cancels Burning of Koran”. New York Times. 11 September 2010.