Pastor at centre of Koran-burning controversy flies to New York for September 11th

By Toby Harnden in Gainesville, Florida

The pastor who planned to burn Korans on today’s ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks has flown to New York to challenge the controversial proposed Islamic centre close to the Ground Zero site.

( Photo by John Raoux – Rev. Terry Jones at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla.)

After confirming he had abandoned his “International Burn a Koran Day” after worldwide outrage and a telephone call from Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, the Reverend Terry Jones flew from Gainesville, Florida to New York.

The Rev Jones claims a congregation of 50 and also runs an eBay furniture business from his Dove World Outreach church.

In New York, he hopes to meet Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind the Cordoba House project to build an Islamic Centre, containing a mosque, two blocks from Ground Zero.

The Rev Jones and the Rev K.A. Paul, a Texas evangelist, then gave Imam Rauf a two-hour deadline to contact them.
The deadline came and went without any contact from Imam Rauf but the Rev Paul said that it was still “100 percent” that the Koran-burning protest against radical Islam was off.
Source: Telegraph

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