Uncertainty rules Koran burning
POSTED: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 8:05pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 9:21am
Saturday's planned Quran-burning has quickly become a back and forth public confrontation between Florida Pastor Terry Jones and a New York Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf.
On Thursday the issue seemed headed toward a compromise.
Jones announced he would put plans to burn copies of Islam's holy book on hold and announced he would travel to New York to meet with the Imam.
But Rauf says there are no plans to move and there is no meeting planned with Jones.
On Friday Jones, along with a new minister joining his cause, stepped up demands calling for a meeting and set a deadline.
"As of this time we have not heard from the Imam and that we are very, very hopeful that we will meet with him," Jones said.
Pastor Jones, the leader of a Gainesville, Florida Christian church with fewer than 50 members, is at the center of what now has become a worldwide firestorm.
In the past 24 hours local Christian leaders in Florida showed Jones a petition with 8,000 signatures from 97 countries urging him not to burn the Quran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Jones personally and in a press conference, President Obama once again urged Jones to reconsider what he calls a "dangerous game with american lives".
"The idea that we would burn sacred text of someone else's religion is contrary to what this country stands for," Mr. Obama said.
Even Jones' intent has sparked a heated debate here at home and violence overseas.
One protester in Afghanistan was shot and killed and nearly a dozen others were hurt in demonstrations throughout the region.
Police have added around-the-clock patrols at the site of the New York islamic center and security in and around Ground Zero has also increased.