Pastor Says Koran Burning 'Suspended,' Not Canceled

Over much confusion on NYC mosque deal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2010 4:24 PM CDT
Updated Sep 9, 2010 4:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Florida pastor who canceled his burning of Korans now says he may be burning them after all. The 9/11 event isn't canceled, merely "suspended" for the time being. Terrry Jones announced his reversal of his reversal while angrily accusing a Florida imam of lying to him about reaching a deal to move the Islamic center near Ground Zero. The imam involved with that project said no such deal ever existed.

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"Given what we are now hearing, we are forced to rethink our decision," Jones said. "So as of right now, we are not canceling the event, but we are suspending it." The confusing chain of events started when Jones called a news conference, alongside Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, to say a deal had been struck to move the NYC mosque. Musri, however, said after the news conference that the agreement was only for him and Jones to travel to New York and meet Saturday with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is overseeing those plans. (Read more Feisal Abdul Rauf stories.)

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