Florida pastor Terry Jones said his church is suspending plans to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11. But it remains unclear if it will take place on another day.
The Rev. Terry Jones defied international condemnation by resisting to drop the plans announced earlier this summer. He said his opinion of Islam hasn’t changed. He also said the prospect of violence overseas and death threats he’s received convince him that the religion is “much more violent than we thought.” But a briefing by the FBI about the threats as well as appeals from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Obama about the threat the burning would have to U.S. troops influenced his reversal. Also, a deal with a Florida imam to get the Manhattan mosque/community center to move elsewhere also influenced his change in plans. He said he’s going to New York to meet with the imam planning the center.
Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, said on CNN’s “AC360” Thursday night that the minister concocted the story about the Islamic center to “give himself a reason to call this off” because he “was trying to save face.”
“I told the pastor that I personally believe the mosque should not be there, and I will do everything in my power to make sure it is moved,” Musri told the Associated Press. “But there is not any offer from there (New York) that it will be moved. All we have agreed to is a meeting, and I think we would all like to see a peaceful resolution.”
Some media reported late Thursday that Jones was reconsidering canceling the burning.
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Happy 5771! Sunset Wednesday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or “Head of the Year” or “First of the Year” in Hebrew.
“Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the spiritual calendar and the birth of the world. It serves as a reminder of the special relationship between God and his children, now and always. And it calls us to look within ourselves – to repent for our sins; recommit ourselves to prayer; and remember the blessings that come from helping those in need,” President Obama said in his message in honor of the Jewish New Year. “Today, those lessons ring as true as they did thousands of years ago. And as we begin this New Year, it is more important than ever to believe in the power of humility and compassion to deepen our faith and repair our world.”
During this time of reflection, repentance and renewal, are there areas of your life you seek to transform? Are you always living up to someone else’s expectations?
“The Jewish holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah, are not only for Jews. In fact, they celebrate the most basic human quest – the quest to make our lives richer, happier and more productive,” says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, a Beliefnet blogger and president of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. “So this Rosh Hashanah, whoever you are, and wherever you may be, take advantage of one ancient tradition’s ideas and practices to relocate the person you most want to be and enjoy the renewal and liberation that come from finding that person once again.”
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General David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, says a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of Muslims’ holy book could endanger American troops and Americans worldwide.
Dove World Outreach Center has gained attention for organizing “International Burn a Quran Day” to coincide with the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11.
Petraeus condemned its planned event following a protest by Afghans over the possible burning this week.
“I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible (Quran) burning. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday,” Petraeus said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. “Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult.”
Do you agree with Petraeus? Does this church’s proposed action represent growing hostility toward Muslims?
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