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Fla. pastor arrested before he could burn Qurans

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Updated: 9/11/2013 11:08 pm
MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida pastor has been arrested before he could set fire to almost 3,000 Qurans.

Polk County sheriff's officials say the Rev. Terry Jones and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp, Jr., were arrested Wednesday each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel in the small central Florida town of Mulberry. Sheriff's officials said Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor.

Authorities said Jones was stopped in a pickup truck that was towing a metal trailer filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. He had said he planned to burn 2,998 Qurans - one for every victim who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. His congregation burned a Quran in March 2011 and last year he promoted an anti-Muslim film. His actions have sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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nativejax - 9/12/2013 6:41 PM
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Personally I think he should have just burned them, video taped it, then ANONYMOUSLY, with no way of finding out who did it, Put it all over the Internet for the same sob's over there that beheaded our Americans on line. I DID read the 'Koran,' 'Quran'..it is repepitious in its 'teaching's' that THEY are the ONLY true Religion, and that we, American's, are the infidal dogs that deserve to die. I am not making this up, it is a brainwashing book that they 'drive' into their children's heads as soon as they learn to read. They hate us, they DO NOT want us there. Obama 'supposedly' was given a Nobel PEACE Prize?? Then why is he trying to start another war by, 'trying to send a message' by attacking them '? We have NO business over there. They have ALWAYS been at war with themselves and each other, they have murdered THOUSANDS of of their own innocent people for decades, this is just the first time it was video taped and modern technology spread it around for the world for everyone to see. NOTHING we do or don't do will fix or stop these crazy people. They are too full of hate and the more they try to suck OTHER Country's in the more they will kill. We need to take care of OURSELVES. They have their 'LEADERS' Make them take care of them, its not our job. OBAMA is a war monger..not a Peace maker.

tinasanders873 - 9/12/2013 6:11 PM
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FlSunRise87 - 9/12/2013 2:53 PM
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OK @ Realchange: The charge is 100% accurate as the books were soaked in kerosene, meaning any idiot who flicked a smoke out the window could have lit that trailer on fire! (also burning the flag is illegal just like it is illegal to hang any other countries flag above the united states flag) AND @KingOfClaims: Middle eastern countries actually threatened retaliation of his original book buring as it is a direct insult to their religion, it was ALL over the news.. NOW this guy is a ignorant idiot, and I am ashamed that he is part of the same religion as I am and I am even more ashamed of his intend to burn ANY holy book regardless of which religion it may teach.. People like him lead CULTS not religious, Christian followers, and I am personally THRILLED he was arrested, <3 JSO!

King of Claims - 9/12/2013 9:44 AM
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"His actions have sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan." Really? Care to back that up with, say, I don't know, some FACTS???

Truthseeker - 9/12/2013 4:21 AM
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I'll bet the local constabulary would have said nothing if he had been getting ready to burn a bunch of bibles. Our government is really out of control...or maybe under the control of a bunch of Muslim terrorists.

Realchange - 9/12/2013 2:43 AM
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Arrest him on felony charge for unlawful transport of fuel? Are we serious now days going allow our own citizens to be treated like this? I don't like him but we defend people burning our Flag every day, yet he wants burn Qurans so they find a trumped up illegal charge to do this with? People better realize this could be you if you took a stand on something and wanted to protest it.

LO61903 - 9/11/2013 11:22 PM
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where the heck do you get 3,000 Korans? I've never seen even one. Do you just buy them at the bookstore or something?
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