Bloomberg: Fla. Pastor Has Right To Burn The Quran

NYC Mayor's Opinion A 180 From White House, Petraeus

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — The White House was weighing in on a new 9/11 controversy on Tuesday.

A Florida minister is planning to mark the day by burning the Quran.

It’s a move that is sparking worldwide outrage and concerns that it will endanger American troops.

CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a somewhat unpopular opinion on Tuesday afternoon.

There are dire warnings that U.S. troops in Afghanistan could be put in danger, but Gainesville, Fla., pastor Terry Jones, says his plan for “burn a Quran day’ is an appropriate way for his congregations to recall the events of 9/11.

“We realize that this action will probably offend Muslims, just like I am offended when they burn the bible or the American flag. But we have tried to make it very clear in America that we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech,” Jones said.

The pastor’s plans have already sparked protests outside a Kabul mosque where irate Muslims chanted “death to America.” For Muslims the Quran is considered the word of God and should be treated with respect.

General David Petraeus, the top American general in Afghanistan, said he’s worried the move could generate attacks on American soldiers.

“Images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence,” Petraeus said.

The White House agreed.

“It puts our troops in harm’s way. And obviously any type of activity like that would be — that puts our troops in harm’s way — would be of concern to the administration,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also weighed in on the controversy calling the church’s Quran burning threat a “disrespectful, disgraceful act.”

In Washington Tuesday, a broad coalition of religious leaders from evangelical, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim organizations called Jones’ plan a violation of American values.

But Mayor Bloomberg stood behind the pastor’s right to do whatever he wants on 9/11.

“The first amendment protects everybody and you can’t say that we’re going to apply the first amendment to only those cases where we are in agreement,” Bloomberg said.

Most the people who talked to 1010 WINS reporter Juliet Papa thought the pastor’s idea of a Quran burning day was a bad idea.

“We need to move past this. This is democracy. I’m not a Muslim, but I respect their religion,” one man said.

Others agreed with Petraeus.

“They are putting the troops in danger [that are] still over there in Afghanistan. I just think [Pastor Jones] got to rethink what he’s doing and humble his self a little bit,” another New Yorker told Papa.

“It’s a free country. They want to do something. Someone else wants to do something. It goes both ways,” another observer said.

The pastor said it’s not about building mosques but about radical extremists, “that we believe is much larger. All of our politicians want us to believe.”

Pastor Jones has received more than 100 death threats and he said he has started wearing a .40 caliber pistol strapped to his hip.

However, he is leaving the door ajar to a change of heart, saying he is still praying about the decision.


One Comment

  1. patriot101 says:

    All that it is is one person taking a stand for what he believes in geezus give a break for F*ck Sake at least he is making a stand for the true Americans of this Country I don’t see any of you doing it !!!!!
    Sure as hell don’t see our elected government doing it either. well GOV. Patterson was trying… Got to give him props for trying till the gov found out about them game tickets…
    If it isn’t illegal to burn the flag what the hell is the Koran going to hurt????
    It is his right to burn it he is covered under the constitution.

  2. GWB says:

    if that happened we wouldn’t have this problem

  3. GWB says:

    ok i think every nationality should go back to ur own home… whites go back where u came from and take the slaves descendants with u.. Mexicans go back to Mexico and America should hand Texas back to the Mexicans as well since Texas was Mexico. Everyone else go back to ur own country ass well give America back to the Natives

  4. kalie says:

    It would also be nice if someone could find a way to impeach the hajji from office too….

  5. noone says:

    Does anyone know how to get a hold of this pastor i would like to show up in my dress uniform??

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  9. JAY says:

    NO2MOSQUE…. you mean to say burn at the site of their new victory MOSQUE !!!!!!

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  13. RockyBGood says:

    Mayor Bloomberg, I suspect very few if any American’s would argue against his “right”s. The argument for many is his claim to be a Christian pastor ministering the New Testament. A: he defiles the term pastor, does not speak for the bulk of Christians or most other religions. B: He has tunnel vision into the insightful nature of his actions a babble. Please get out from behind your politically correct veil.

  14. Cicero says:

    We Infidels better wake up. We will be in danger from Muslim extremists for decades because we have not converted to Islam. Iran is paying a bounty to extremists for killing Americans. They will continue to pay a bounty regardless of how many Koran’s we burn up. Obama’s ‘Blame’America’ tour did not appease Muslims as he had hoped in fact they were emboldened by the weakness of our government.. We might as well admit that this is a religious war whether we like it or not.

  15. Burn It says:

    If they want to burn that quran, burn it. want to burn pictures of muhammed, burn them. we Americans must endure and tolerate burnings of our flags and Bibles and whatever. muslims need to learn to be tolerant just as we have to be. matters not if the muslims are against the actions. they must learn to tolerate world wide views of others also. It is called Freedom. We have those freedoms in the U.S.A. and regardless of how others like or dislike the actions, it is a persons right to do so. want to burn a Bible? That is your right also.

  16. Frank L says:

    Ala, Ala, Ala,,,………………Boom

  17. Paul says:

    If his intent is to say to his congregation that the Koran is false teaching, and he can’t do this another way, he is a lousy preacher, OR,
    if he is trying to say to the Muslim community that the Koran is false teaching, does he really think that this will build a relationship that will allow him to share the gospel? Christ’s message is not hate. I do believe the Bible and I do not believe the Koran is part of the Holy Scriptures but offending another is not a method to win them to Jesus.

  18. adam says:

    dumb people still beleive that muslims did 9/11

    alqaeda and taliban is made by CIA people, no jokes

    so infact we americans did 9/11

    1. Cicero says:

      If that is true why did Osama Bin Laden admit to authorizing the attack?

  19. john says:

    repeat these words before you go to bed everyday and be scared of muslims:

    terrorist osama muslim terrorist iraq bombing suicide muslim islam terrorist terrroist taliban alqaeda

  20. nana says:

    as bad as the pastor’s decision is to burn a Koran, it is what makes this country so great. Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Religion. He could and should find another way of expressing his anger and views but that is his choice. What the media could do is totally ignore his efforts and stop making it into such a big thing. The more the media provokes his efforts the angrier the public will get Everyone whose Christian, Jew or Muslim will be offended.

    1. Paul says:

      Is there really any difference between the Ground Zero mosque and the burning of the Koran? Both are legal under US law but neither are wise decisions whether by the Muslim community or the very narrow Christian community. Are they any Muslims out there who will speak for moving the mosque as the Christians have spoken against burning the Koran?

  21. Peace says:

    Now let’s wait and see how many people will die ,so this idiot pastor can get his 15 minute fame. And whats up with the 40cal, i dont remember Jesus packing last time i read the bible.
    I think the media is paying too much attention to this idiot.

  22. Calamityjb says:

    The majority of Muslims are peaceful. It is not right to paint them with the same brush reserved for militant terrorists. Yes, there are some radical terrorists, but there are in every religion. Some could argue that this Pastor is a radical extremist, because the majority of Christians would not support the burning of the Koran.

  23. nathan says:

    And by choosing to do this on 9-11, Mr Pastor steals the news headlines away from the 9-11 families. It is their day and he makes it his.

  24. Karen says:

    This pastor has every right to burn his Quran if he wants too and any one that has one can burn theirs. seriously every one has thorn away a tattered bible at one point or another. We look at the bible as a book your faith in the scriptures in side is what’s holy not the book its self. the book can be replaced with a new one. But with this burning they are trying to get a point across, it is the wrong way of doing it. I would have started with there flag not there bible, it is morally wrong to burn a bible out of anger. And this pastor knows that the troops could be in more danger then they already are, I am surprised a pastor will stoop to the Muslims level. the radical Muslims have no heart they will hurt our troops in retaliation over a book burning. and if he does do this our troops will have to watch out not only for the radical Muslims but they will have to watch out for all Muslims and American people here in the U.S will have to watch out more with the American Muslims then we already do. I have seen videos of a town of Muslims burning our flag and they were not all radical Muslims. I can picture what they will do for there bible. this pastor is putting our troops lives more in danger. Just to put a point across. He and the Muslims are of one. don’t care who gets hurt or killed

  25. nathan says:

    Nick you must realize that there are many young men in the arab street who are on the fence, undecided how they feel about our country. Something like this could likely push them over the edge. Altho perhaps this concept is too subtle for you.

    1. Dan Te says:

      You keep harping on these politically correct idea that there are actually humans in islam. Than expect the rest of us to be as “subtly” stupid as you to believe it. So how many people gets to be burnt alive all around the world before you that vacuum between your ears starts getting a spark?

      FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

      China — sh-!t happens
      (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

      India — sh-!t happens
      (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

      Middle East — sh-!t happens
      (suicide bombers that kill little children)

      Russia — sh-!t happens
      (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

      South East Asia — sh-!t happens
      (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

      Europe — sh-!t happens
      (suicide bombers that kill little children)

      USA — 9/11 happened

      Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.

      Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio.

      And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  26. yangster says:

    I don’t know which is scarier, the pastor’s decision to burn a Quran, or Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to stand behind the pastor’s right to do whatever he wants. Right or no right, has everybody lost their mind?

  27. Nick says:

    Let me get this straight. They shouldn’t burn the koran because it’ll anger the muslims? Like they’re not angry murderous alalalalalalalalah’s to begin with?

    What? They’re going to do one extra bombing because of this? How will they fit that into their already busy murder schedule?

    1. betty hays says:

      he doesn’t know christian teachings. This has a cult like appearance

  28. Afaunman says:

    Note to organizers of “Burn a Quran day” – You are inciting violence. It’s unfortunate you only see the negative in the world, that sounds like evil to me. You have to look for the positive in the world, that’s the road to peace. Here is quote from the Quran, what do you think it means?
    Quran 2:62 “VERILY, those who have attained to faith [in this divine writ], as well as those who follow the Jewish faith, and the Christians, and the sabians – all who believe in God and the Last Day and do righteous deeds-shall have their reward with their Sustainer; and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve.”
    Just to be clear, this is the Quran stating that Christians will enter heaven if they believe in God and do righteous deeds. I don’t think what you are doing is a righteous deed, and you and your congregation will be punished for it. God will judge between all of us on the day of judgement. You and your congregation will have to answer for inciting violence.
    Quran 6:164 Say: “Shall I seek for (my) Cherisher other than God, when He is the Cherisher of all things (that exist)? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. Your goal in the end is towards God. He will tell you the truth of the things wherein ye disputed.”

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