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Pastor held trying to burn 3,000 Qurans

Pastor held trying to burn 3,000 Qurans
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Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor on Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the September...

Florida (AP): Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor on Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Sheriff's deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr, 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they travelled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans - one for every victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff's officials said on Wednesday night that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer.

Both were being booked on Wednesday night into the Polk County jail, according to Sheriff Grady Judd. Mulberry's mayor, along with area elected officials, a sheriff's deputy and several Polk County residents have talked about the need to express love and tolerance for all faiths on September 11.

Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first gained attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a Quran on the anniversary of 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. All three incidents sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The most violent protest happened after the 2011 Quran burning as hundreds of protesters stormed a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards. 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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