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Religious, Political Leaders Decry Planned Quran Burning

The Florida minister who plans to burn copies of the Quran on September 11th says right now, he's not planning to stop the bonfire.  

Everyone from the president to leaders of other religions are calling on Terry Jones to change his mind.  Michael Herzenberg has the latest.

Reverend Terry Jones said, "We are not convinced that backing down is the right thing."
Terry Jones has just 50 followers but his plans are causing waves world-wide.  President Obama told Good Morning America Jones should cancel the event saying, it's a recruitment bonanza for Al-Qaeda; "This stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform."

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus echoed that message saying, "We're concerned that the images from the burning of a Quran would be used in the same way that extremists used images from Abu Ghraib."

Police here in Gainesville will be keeping a close eye on things Saturday. Students from the University of Florida are planning a counter protest over the burning which the city's mayor calls "an embarrassment to the community".

University of Florida Student Dave Schneider said, "We believe that since the Dove World Outreach Center has been denied a burn permit twice by the city of Gainesville this constitutes an illegal act - and beyond that, this constitutes a hate crime."

Religious leaders from 'every' faith -- are joining the call for Jones to
cancel the book burning. Dr. Richard Land with Southern Baptist Convention said, "If you just ask the question what would Jesus do, Jesus would never do this."

A Florida Muslim leader made a similar case to Jones in a private meeting
Wednesday while Sarah Palin said burning the Quran would be "insensitive".
The Reverend told USA TODAY he hasn't heard directly from the White House
or State Department.  But, he said if he did get a call from them, he would
re-think his plans.

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