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Koran-Burning Pastor Calls Afghan Killings 'Tragic'

But Terry Jones isn't apologetic that his stunt set off deadly riot

(Newser) - The Florida pastor whose burning of a Koran last month set off a deadly protest in Afghanistan today called the deaths "very tragic" but expressed no remorse about his stunt, reports the Los Angeles Times . In fact, Terry Jones said the mob's attack on a UN compound showed that... More »

Terry Jones Faces $200K Security Bill From Cops

But it's not clear whether he'll have to pay up

(Newser) - Some would argue that the damage inflicted by Terry Jones' aborted plan to burn Korans is incalculable. Gainesville police think about $200,000 should do nicely. The city plans to present the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center with a bill for $100,000 to cover the cost of... More »

'Papa, Don't Do It'

Terry Jones' daughter says her father needs help

(Newser) - Add Terry Jones' daughter to the list of those asking him not to burn Korans tomorrow. She wrote him an email saying, "Papa, don't do it," she tells Der Spiegel in Germany. (Recall he used to live and preach there .) He hasn't responded, as she expected. At... More »

Koran Burning Sparks Violent Afghan Protests

One killed, eight wounded in two protests

(Newser) - Dove World’s plan to burn Korans set off protests across Afghanistan today, and two of them turned violent. In western Afghanistan, four protesters were shot, one of them fatally, outside a NATO base in Bala Buluk. “We do not know who shot them,” said a doctor at... More »

How Terry Jones Outfoxed the Media

Canny crackpot managed to grab world's attention

(Newser) - Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church were ignored when they filmed themselves burning a Koran in 2008, but Terry Jones managed to grab headlines worldwide. The Florida pastor, the New York Times finds, managed to make himself a major news story by exploiting the "Ground Zero... More »

So, How Does One Actually Burn a Book?

It's not as much of a no-brainer as you might think

(Newser) - There's been plenty of talk about Koran burning of late, but amid discussions of legality and appropriateness, one topic hasn't gotten much attention: "If you wanted to engage in a ritual of gross religious intolerance, what would be the best way to burn a book?" asks Brian Palmer for... More »

Koran Burning Is Not the Same as Mosque Building

But conservatives disagree

(Newser) - Gail Collins isn't impressed with the new line of argument that equates the burning of Korans with the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero. "This is under the theory that both are constitutionally protected bad ideas," she writes in the New York Times . "In fact, they’re... More »

Koran-Torching Pastor Was Run Out of Germany

And his church is currently for sale

(Newser) - Rev. Terry Jones was ranting against Islam long before his plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of 9/11 made him internationally infamous. According to the church blog, Jones has been preaching Islamophobia since before 9/11, when he ran a sister church in a poor area of Cologne, Germany. The... More »

Koran Burning Uproar Spreads, but Pastor Defiant

Clinton decries it, Bloomberg defends pastor's right

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus decrying a Florida pastor’s plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11. “Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation,” Clinton said last night at a State Department Iftar meal celebrating Ramadan, according to the Daily ... More »

Petraeus Blasts Church's Plan to Burn Korans on 9/11

Says doing so will put our troops in danger

(Newser) - A Florida church that plans to burn Korans on Sept. 11 has turned a deaf ear to the city of Gainesville's condemnation of its plans —but will it listen to General Petraeus? The top US commander in Afghanistan blasted Dove World Outreach Center in an interview with the Wall ... More »

Florida Church Determined to Burn Korans on 9/11

City says no, but 'Dove World' just won't listen

(Newser) - A Florida church has vowed to go ahead with its plan to hold a Koran burning on 9/11 , in defiance of a city ruling that states such an act would violate fire codes. The city of Gainesville turned down the Dove World Outreach Center’s application for a burn permit,... More »

Pastor Plans 'Burn a Koran Day'—September 11

Anti-Islam Florida church also vehemently anti-gay

(Newser) - A Florida pastor whose Bible is apparently missing the page that explains the Golden Rule has big plans for the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks—his church will play host to "International Burn a Koran Day." The Dove World Outreach Center, which is known for the... More »

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