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FL Pastor Says He Made A GZ Mosque Deal

From a chuckling Associated Press:

Fla. pastor, imam at odds over Quran-burning deal

By Antonio Gonzalez, Associated Press
September 10, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Will he or won’t he? Negotiations between a local Muslim cleric and the leader of a tiny Florida church who had threatened to publicly burn copies of Islam’s holy text left the heated debate in a state of confusion with the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks a day away.

The Rev. Terry Jones said Thursday he would call off the planned burning of Qurans based on a deal negotiated with the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida that the location of a mosque planned near ground zero in New York would be changed.

But Imam Muhammad Musri said he was clear on Thursday when he told Jones that he could only set up a meeting with planners of the New York City mosque, whose leader said he had spoken to neither the pastor nor Musri. Jones responded by opening the door, if only a crack, that he would go forward with his plan on Saturday.

"We are just really shocked," Jones said of Musri. "He clearly, clearly lied to us."

What a circus. – A media created circus.

For U.S. political leaders and Muslims around the world who have been outraged by Jones’ antics, the on-again, off-again threat bred even more angst and frustration.

And our media masters are especially anxious and frustrated – that it all might go away.

Cleric Rusli Hasbi told 1,000 worshippers attending Friday morning prayers in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, that whether or not he burns the Quran, Jones had already "hurt the heart of the Muslim world."

Well, then Mr. Jones might as well go ahead and burn the Korans, since the damage has already been done.

"If he’d gone through with it, it would have been tantamount to war," the cleric said in the coastal town of Lhokseumawe. "A war that would have rallied Muslims all over the world."

You know, maybe the so-called ‘Islamophobes’ are on to something, if something this preposterous can trigger a war with the Islamic world. We would be crazy not to fear them.

In New York, the Islamic center project leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said in a statement that he was glad Jones had backed down but that he had spoken to neither the pastor nor Musri.

"We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter," Rauf said

That’s our Imam Rauf. Always the ‘bridge-builder.’ Always the man to extend a helping hand.

Jones said at the news conference that he prayed about the decision and concluded that if the mosque was moved, it would be a sign from God to call off the Quran burning.

"We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans," Jones said. "We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it."

Despite Jones’ words, in the Gaza Strip, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said to a crowd of tens of thousands of Muslim faithful that they had come "to respond to this criminal, this liar, this crazy priest who reflects a crazy Western attitude toward Islam and the Muslim nation."

Yes, we must not tick off the terrorists of Hamas.

Part of the pressure exerted on Jones came from Gates who briefly spoke to the pastor before his first announcement to call it off. Gates expressed "his grave concern that going forward with this Quran burning would put the lives of our forces at risk, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell…

Did Secretary Gates offer Pastor Jones a medal for ‘Courageous Restraint’?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “FL Pastor Says He Made A GZ Mosque Deal”

  1. jimreport says:

    Gonna be a volatile day on Intrade for the pastor 70 down to 5, bounced to 15.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    If our gov’t had any guts what-so-ever it would declare this: (Reagan would I am sure)

    1. You absolutely have the right to self-defense. Anyone shot dead on your property with intent to harm, WE WILL NOT PROSECUTE.

    2. American’s rights will be protected by the law and the barrel of a gun, any gun, anytime, by every legal citizen of the United States.

    3. Our gov’t cannot be everywhere at every time, it is the citizens right and responsibility to exercise his/her 2nd Amendment rights to protect home, family, property. In this time of terror, every citizen should be armed and prepared at all times.

    4. Every resource we have, every department we have every means we have, will go towards the defense and protection of our citizens to protect their 1st Amendment Constitutional rights, no matter if we agree with them or not.

    5. Under no circumstances will we bow to threats of terrorism at home or abroad, and retribution will be swift and unapologetic.

    ~How far off is Obama and this pathetic, cowardly government from saying such things, or protecting our own rights as free citizens?

    • jimreport says:

      How far off?
      According to Reagan’s time scale, we’re about 3/4th of a generation out (the wrong way) at this point.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Yeah, I think so.

      Incredible that there is such disconnect between the people, and government people. They were hired to protect us, and they threaten us with fascism, lawsuits, and prison whenever we exercise our rights.


  3. jimreport says:

    I’m liking Phelps more every day. Crazy insane manages to out a president, half the right wing, all of the left wing and its propagandists, we got a general bitching about defending the only thing he swore to defend, a president begging for an American to shut up, and the religion of peace declaring war all because a guy is burning his own trash in his own yard.

    I’m sure Patton is rolling in his grave over the sissie brats America has become. You go Phelps, and Phelps light, and when they point their finger, bite it off.

    The enemies core greivance with us is that we exist, and therefore they must lose.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    -‘”We are just really shocked,” Jones said of Musri. “He clearly, clearly lied to us’- Welcome Pastor Jones to what the majority of America has suspected for decades but was confirmed on 9/11/2001.

    As SG pointed out – go ahead and burn the Korans – the damage has already been done – to back out now is simply caving to the threats.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  5. Georgfelis says:

    Listening to NPR (yes, I know) they did a story where they detailed the different stories told by Rev. Jones and Imam Musri about the ongoing events. When given different views of an event by a Christian Minister, and a Moslem Iman, guess which side NPR believed?

    Yep, the one who believes that lying on behalf of Islam is a requirement, not a sin.

  6. hushpuppy says:

    “We are just really shocked,” Jones said of Musri. “He clearly, clearly lied to us.”

    Taqiya, people – lies, half-truths and misdirections are their specialty.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    “In case you need another reason to hope he cancels tomorrow’s bonfire, here’s one more. If it happens, the news next week will be dominated by atrocities committed by barbarians; if it doesn’t happen, the news next week will be dominated by dopey navel-gazing media reflections on how gullible they’ve all been, which we’ll spend days gleefully mocking. The choice is clear.” Allahpundit

    Not often that I completely agree with the chump.

    The press had a hilarious meltdown as they tried to blame Jones for playing them. He basically said we’re not press hungry and walked back to his church, ahaha.

    It was the manchild that sent Petronius out as a proxy to stir it up and split the opposition’s narrative. That’s when the media took the signal to press the court. Now Jones has been universally repudiated with Sarah once again sounding like a crisp leader, FoxNews barely even covered it, fringe kooks with familiarly sounding Leftist causes are going haywire, putting everyone in danger. The Country Class understands who it was that stirred up the non-story of the year, and what their objective was. Even the Moron had to concede the point and trash his press, probably to save his own skin.

  8. CitizenReporter says:

    Burning the American flag, according to liberals, is protected by the Constitution, and in fact is an expression of our freedom. Burning the Koran, according to liberals, and Obama, is an attack on our freedoms and our way of life. Double standard anyone?

  9. Tater Salad says:


    No dummies the Spaniards

    In Spain at Seville some local people found a way to stop the construction of another mosque in their town..

    They buried a Pig on the site, making sure this would be known by the local press.

    The Islamic rules forbidding to erect a Mosque on “Pig soiled ground”.

    The Muslims had to cancel the project.

    No protests were needed by the local people … and It worked !!!

  10. jimreport says:

    Liberals Demise September 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm SAID
    All we need to have happen is some one bomb the Burlington Coat Factory building with pigs!

    I’ll see that and raise.

    Or bomb mecca. It seems to be the root cause of the cult. Advise evacuation, right click and delete it, better yet, legislate it into law as the response to any future terrorist attack. It worked on the communists.

    • jobeth says:

      Perhaps we can find a Christian Hispanic or other dark complexioned man…dress’em up like a muslim…put them in truck label “water” but filled with Pig juice, and send them in the center of Mecca….

      Then have an “accident’ where it all spills out!

      Of course the truck driver better be a fast ‘getaway’ artist.

      I love to dream….! Eases the tension. lol

  11. jobeth says:

    You know…and I’m surprised to hear myself say this…but perhaps everyone should burn a koran at their home, in the privacy of their own home…and then toss the burned remnants on the steps of their neighborhood mosque.

    I am so sick of always taking the high road. We are at war with an evil that would kill US…individually and as a nation…in a heartbeat if they thought they had even a smidgen of a chance.

    Lately, we seem to fight every battle with our right hand tied behind our backs and with blinders on. A guarantee to lose!

    I’m at the point where I’m so frustrated and angry at this stuff I WANT to strike back. I know I’m not alone. Many many of us are at at A hair trigger frame of mind. That’s dangerous for everyone.

    And of course this is EXACTLY what the muslims want.

    They are poking..poking…poking, until we slap back and then as usual will “tell”. Just like what they do to the Jews…now us.

    At least the Jews still have a semblance of a pair.

    I say we start striking back…NOT violently..NOT hurting people but by at least showing our displeasure at these muslims in legal ways. (Not that throwing burned korans on their property is legal…)

    It worked as a grass roots for the Tea Party…Our government is not going to do anything.

    I’m a live and let live kind of person. I’m non violent. I don’t wish bad on anyone…but even someone like me knows when they are being poked and prodded by the world bully.

    I just feel we need to do something of value now to ward off the building anger that will produce something far worse.

    Tim Brown , a NY firefighter just said on FoxNews said “Tolerance of evil is suicide”….How simple a truth is that?

    Anger is building…..

  12. canary says:

    Why is Islam still Obama’s favorite religion, when they threaten bloodshed on our country over one person’s actions.
    Obama honored 9/11 anniversary today by giving Americans a lecture. He spoke as if Americans are stupid and needed to be read off the colors of people who died (left out yellow & red) & his “God of many names” was a signal to the muslims that he first and foremost what he always has been; a muslim.

    Obama twisted his entire 9/11 speech to an arrogant lecture, and even failed to note when he quoted George Bush. There was no sign of sadness, only a bigot who thinks he rules.

    • jobeth says:

      “Obama honored 9/11 anniversary today by giving Americans a lecture. He spoke as if Americans are stupid …”

      That’s because in his narcissism he truly believes HE is “The ONE we’ve been waiting for” to tell us all what to do and how to live because HE is superior in every way. And yes he believes we ARE stupid.

      Arrogant bast***! He IS a dog.

      There’s an old saying that when you can’t “DO” your job you “TEACH”
      He’s a perfect example of that…and the Peter Principle.

      Except he’s many steps below the level of competency for a president

      . However, as has been said many times here…He is nothing but a mouth piece for his puppet masters. They have to have someone like him…someone too full of himself to know how stupid HE really is.

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