Pastor Terry Jones Arrested Before Koran Burning
He said he planned to burn one for every 9/11 victim
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
A file photo of pastor Terry Jones.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

(Newser) – Police arrested Florida Pastor Terry Jones today as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Korans on fire to protest the 2001 terrorist attacks. Sheriff's deputies arrested the 61-year-old and his associate pastor on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a barbecue-style grill filled with Korans soaked in kerosene. He had said he was heading to a nearby park in Mulberry to burn 2,998 Korans—one for every victim of the 9/11 attacks. Authorities haven't spelled out the specific charges yet.

Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first gained attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a Koran on 9/11, although he eventually called it off. His congregation did burn the Muslim holy book in March 2011, and last year he promoted an anti-Muslim film. (Details on his exploits are here.) Jones has repeatedly ignored pleas from the US military asking him not to stage his protests. Military officials say his actions put American and Western troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in danger.

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getherdone
Sep 14, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
I really feel sorry for you, you are pathic. Cong, for being such a wonderful father, bringing them up in a drunken home. SAD
HonkUSA
Sep 13, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
This A$$HOLE is PASTer his time . NO WONDER he looks more like 81than 61 in his picture . Get a life Mr Jones . There are enough flames now , no need to add to the hatred in this world . Did you notice the word HATRED , because that is all that you are preaching by doing or condoning this act .
Just_Dave
Sep 13, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
After reading through this column I am discouraged that our future freedoms will stay intact. The massive number of compliant idiots willingly support arresting someone for nonsense reasons in a blatant attempt to block his constitutional rights. An informed America would be up in arms. Our current sad reality is we are compliant because we fear retaliation. 9/11 has fundamentally changed America for the worse. How sad.