This afternoon, hate pastor Terry Jones said his church is canceling its planned event to burn the Quran this Saturday. According to Jones, he made the decision because Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told him that he would move the planned Park51 community center away from Ground Zero in New York. Watch the press conference:
However, a Yahoo News reporter says a Park51 spokesperson said the group has no plans to move the Muslim community center.
Imam Rauf’s organization said he “stands by what he said last night on CNN. There has been no change of plans. The Imam HAS NOT spoken to the minister in Florida.”
,In a statement released to the press Imam Rauf said, “I’m glad that Pastor Jones has decided to not burn any Qurans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter. We are here to extend our hands to build peace and harmony.”
,NBC’s Savannah Guthrie reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Jones today and asked him not to go forward with Quran burning.
,The company hosting Jones’ church websites shut them down today, saying the sites had violated the company’s policy against hate speech.