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article imageAmerican Pastor won't burn Koran on 9/11

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 9, 2010 in World
Pastor Terry Jones has announced that he will not not go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran which he had said he would do on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
Sky report that the Pastor has agreed to a deal that means a mosque planned close to the site of Ground Zero will be moved, this part is still unclear and there are mixed reports about this.
Pastor Terry Jones has come under heavy pressure over his plan and had received death threats. Hilary Clinton, President Barack Obama and General David Petraeus had all spoken out against the plans and warnings were issued earlier over the safety of American citizens overseas.
According to Sky News, Pastor Jones had said:
"Instead of us backing down, maybe it's time to stand up. Maybe it's time to send a message to radical Islam that we will not tolerate their behaviour."
But earlier today he said he may consider not going ahead with the plan if Barack Obama spoke to him. It is not clear if this happened.
In a press briefing published on the Whitehouse website Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked if the government would reach out to Pastor Terry Jones. Robert Gibbs said:
"I think there are discussions inside of the government about the possibility of doing that. I don’t know that a final decision has been reached on that. If anything does happen, we will certainly keep you up to date and up to speed on who might be called -- who might call and what was said."
Robert Gibbs also said:
"General Petraeus, General Odierno, the Secretary of State and the President all say, this puts the lives of our troops in direct danger. This is a recruiting bonanza for al Qaeda. And this goes against every one of our values, as the President discussed yesterday, for -- certainly for those three reasons alone. This is a monumentally terrible idea."
"I will say, judging from the publicity that this individual is attracting, I doubt it is hard for him to have missed the commander in Afghanistan, the former commander in Iraq, and the Commander-in-Chief all discussing the potential impacts of troops that we have deployed throughout the world that are in harm’s way protecting the very religious freedoms that we all enjoy."
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