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Florida Pastor Leads Anti-Mosque Protest In NYC

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Pastor Terry Jones, right, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., speaks to reporters across the street from the proposed Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pastor Terry Jones, right, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., speaks to reporters across the street from the proposed Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Florida pastor who backed down from a threat to burn the Koran on Sept. 11 has led a few dozen protesters to the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero.

Terry Jones expressed sympathy on Tuesday for 9/11 victims’ families. But he also spoke out against the radical Islam he said was the cause of their deaths.

Jones says he doesn’t know whether those planning the mosque and Islamic cultural center are radicals.

He says he hopes they choose not to build the mosque there, just as he decided not to burn the Islamic holy book.

The Gainesville, Fla., pastor says he has nothing against peaceful Muslims.

Some of Jones’ supporters identified themselves as Coptic Christians from Egypt, saying they had fled persecution because of their religion.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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