Pastor Says Quran-Burning Suspended, Not Canceled
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - An imam says the leader of a small Florida church told him that he would call off a plan to burn the Quran because it would endanger troops, not because they had a deal
to move the location of a mosque planned near ground zero.
Imam Muhammad Musri said late Thursday that he and the Rev. Terry Jones agreed to have a meeting in New York about the location. He says Jones told him he would cancel the burning after
a call from the Secretary of Defense and because other religious and political leaders including the president all came out against it.
When they spoke to the media after the meeting, Musri says Jones "stretched my words" about what was said about the mosque.
Jones said at that news conference that he'd cancel the event Saturday. Later he said he was rethinking that and that Musri "clearly, clearly lied to us."
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