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Post Florida pastor calls off Quran burning   Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:03 am




(CNN) -- The pastor of a Florida church says his congregationhas decided to call off the burning of the Quran that was to be heldSaturday -- the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack onthe United States by the al Qaeda terror network. "We willdefinitely not burn the Quran," the Rev. Terry Jones told NBC's "Today"on Saturday "Not today, not ever." The burning had been planned for 6p.m. Jones arrived in New York late Friday night and was workingto set up a meeting with the imam in charge of the Islamic centerplanned near ground zero. The planned meeting, Jones had said, helpedpersuade him to halt the burning. Earlier Friday, Jones gavemixed messages about whether he intends to carry out his plans, whichhave sparked international controversy and protests in the Muslimworld. U.S. military leaders said the event would imperil the lives oftroops abroad. President Obama said Friday that the idea that"we would burn the sacred texts of someone else's religion is contraryto what this country stands for." He said he hopes Jones "prayson it" and refrains from doing it. The government has to send a "veryclear message" that burning the Quran would endanger U.S. troops andserve as a major recruiting tool for al Qaeda, Obama added. OnSaturday, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said police met withJones and plan to keep a "close tab on him" for his own safety.
"Hissafety could be an issue, and we emphasized that to him last evening.And, he seemed to agree. You know. We would like to make certain thathe remains safe while he's in this city."
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