This story gets stranger by the day.
Pastor Terry Jones now states that he will not go ahead with his Burn a Qur'an Day, because he has been promised that the Park 51 mosque will be moved to another location. And then the people at Park 51 state that there has never been any such promise given to Jones and that they have no intention of ever moving the mosque.
So, Jones now says that he has not cancelled his planned Burn a Qur'an Day, but that he has merely suspended it.
Jones also claimed he was planning to fly to New York to discuss the proposed cultural centre's new location with the New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.Perhaps Jones is simply looking for a face saving way to back out of this, by claiming to have a deal for the mosque to be moved. For, as I argued yesterday, there is simply no equivalence between the two events.
But the imam, in a statement issued last night, said he had not spoken to Jones.
"I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qur'ans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones," he said. "I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter."
There was a collective sigh of relief worldwide as Jones announced at a press conference that he was dropping his plan to set fire to 20 copies of the Qur'an. The burning had been planned to coincide with the ninth anniversary tomorrow of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.
But we should be thankful that, for whatever reason, this strange little man is not going to go ahead with his act of incitement.
Here's how Palin and Boehner led him by the hand to make this connection.
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