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Florida Pastor Calls Off Quran Burning

by Michael O'Brien

A Florida pastor called off plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book after leaders from all parts of the political spectrum leaned on him to halt his plans.

Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., called off plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he said Thursday.

Jones's decision came after his plans came under heavy criticism from national political and military leaders, who warned that the inflammatory plans would spark violence against U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which has long staged pickets of soldiers' funerals, reportedly has vowed to host its own Quran burning if Jones canceled his.

 

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