GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Controversial local Pastor Terry Jones tells Action News he'll consider bowing to pressure from the Pentagon after Americans were killed overseas.
They want him to publicly withdraw his support for an anti-Islamic film that's being blamed for a series of deadly attacks on US citizens. While Pastor Terry Jones wasn't involved in the production of the controversial film, he's said he supports it's message. Jones says he's been in communication with it's creator, who is now in hiding. Jones' name is already well known overseas after he threatened to and eventually burned several Korans. That ignited violent protests and riots.
Pastor Jones isn't shy about his opinion on Islam. "We burned the image of Muhammad and the Koran," said Jones.
On the front lawn of his church, a sign says "International Judge Muhammad day." There's also an effegy of Muhammad. "Islam is dangerous," said Pastor Jones.
Pastor Jones' views put him in the international spotlight once again. Jones promoted an anti-Muslim film and planned to show it as his church Tuesday night, just hours before the US Embassy in Libya was hit. Many blame Jones saying he fueled the attacks that killed 4 Americans.
"Absolutely not. We had words, not actions. We tried to reveal the truth," said Jones. We asked if Jones would change anything looking back on what happened. "No. I would not change anything," said Jones.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff even called Pastor Jones Wednesday to ask him to withdraw support of the film. "I'll look at the film and consider whether to do that and see if it's productive," said Jones.
Parvez Ahmed with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida says these attacks should never have happened. "People make stupid statements and stupid films once in a while. It does not mean the rest of the world has to go crazy. He went on to say, "No amount of perceived indifference to Islam justifies this kind of violence. It's absolutely senseless," said Ahmed.
Pastor Jones saw more death threats this week, but he says he won't change anything. We asked him if it was worth it. "It's definitely worth it."
Jones says he will not show the movie within in the next couple days, but says he wants to view it first and then decide whether to show it.