US pastor says he will never burn Quran

Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 20:45

New York: A US pastor, who had threatened
to burn Quran, on Saturday said he never burn copies of the holy
book, even if a mosque is built near ground zero in this
America`s commercial capital.

"We will definitely not burn the Quran, no," Pastor
Terry Jones of Florida told NBC.

"Not today, not ever," he said when pressed whether
his planned demonstration might happen at a later date.

He explained that it would not happen even if the
Islamic center is built near ground zero, NBC reported.

"Even though we have not burned one Quran, we have
gotten over 100 death threats," Jones said.

"We feel that God is telling us to stop, and we also
hope that ... maybe that will open up the door to maybe be
able to talk to the imam."

Jones had yesterday suspended his plans to burn copies
of the Quran claiming that he received a pledge from a Florida
Imam that the Islamic cultural center would be moved
elsewhere.

However, the Imam refuted his claim and said the
"deal" existed only in Jone`s mind.

The pastor`s threat to burn copies of the holy Quran
had stirred outrage in Islamic world, with Kings and
Presidents of Muslim nations joining hands to condemn his
plans and asking US President Barack Obama to intervene to
stop it.

Obama, on his part, said, the pastor`s move could lead
to "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda."

In his Eid greetings, Obama said this year`s Eid is
also an occasion to reflect on the importance of religious
tolerance and to recognise the positive role that religious
communities of all faiths, including Muslims, have played in
American life.

Non-Muslim nations have also condemned the pastor`s
plans.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 20:45
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