Imam Musri Convinces Pastor to Back Down From Koran Burning, Talk of Moving the NY Islamic Center?
September 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, has convinced Pastor Jones to stand down from his incendiary plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11. Imam Musri just held a press conference, announcing that he asked Jones to adhere to his Christian scriptures and to cancel his International Burn A Koran Day. Jones agreed, after milking the media attention to the max, to travel with Musri to meet with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba House, for talks that may end in the relocating of the proposed Islamic community center.
Imam Musri is a respected member of the Muslim community in Florida. It’s also been reported that Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned Jones today, urging him to cancel his planned burning of Korans on Saturday.
It’s not been confirmed from Imam Rauf, but the kook of a huckster Jones is stating that Rauf agreed to move the Park51 Islamic cultural center to a different location.
However, CNN is reporting that Imam Rauf is not relocating the proposed Park51 Islamic center. Also apparently, Donald Trump is now becoming involved, announcing that he made an offer to purchase the Park51 center.
It’s amazing that a fringe, endtimes fundamentalist pastor in Southern Florida, with a tiny rag-tag extremist congregation of about 50 parishioners, could demand so much media attention. Why? Jones was able to tap into the extreme Islamophobia stoked by Fox News, the right wing and political leaders, such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich for political gain.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned.
(Update: Pastor Jones, a fringe zealot who has been schilling coffee mugs and T-shirts emblazoned with the message “Islam is of the Devil,” announced falsely that the proposed Lower Manhattan Park51 center would be moved, according to ABC News.
“He has agreed to move it,” Jones said referring to the Ground Zero Islamic cultural center and mosque. “And we have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday.”‘
‘”Americans don’t want the mosque there and of course Muslims don’t want us to burn Korans,” said Jones.”
“Imam Rauf, the co-developer of Park51, only agreed to personally meet with the deranged Pastor Jones and Imam Musri.
“But as soon as Jones and al-Masri finished speaking, denials were issued that the Islamic community center and mosque would be moved away from its current controversial location.”‘
‘”The Muslim Community Center called Park51 in Lower Manhattan is not being moved,” read a statement from SoHo Properties, the developer of the community center that is being called the Ground Zero Mosque.”
Further Update: “In a statement released to the press Imam Rauf said, “I’m glad that Pastor Jones has decided to not burn any Qurans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony.”‘