According to the AP, pastor Terry Jones says his Koran burning is suspended, but not canceled, after finding out a New York City imam did not agree to move his Islamic center further from Ground Zero.
Jones told reporters that a different imam from Orlando, who was trying to convince Jones not to burn a stack of Korans on Sept. 11, “clearly, clearly lied to us.”
This afternoon, Jones said he would cancel the Koran burning because Park51’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, had agreed to move the Islamic center.
The Orlando imam, Muhammad Musri, only said Rauf had agreed to meet with him and Jones. He told CNN he spoke with Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan.
But Rauf released a statement soon after saying he was “surprised” and that he never agreed to move the center.
Even if Jones does cancel the burning it may not matter. Fellow fringers the Westboro Baptist Church — which has burned Korans in the past to little fanfare — now say they’ll burn the Muslim holy book, and the American flag, on Saturday.