UPDATED: The AP is reporting that “pastor” Terry Jones has in fact canceled his scheduled 9/11 Koran burning event, because GZ mosque developers have agreed to move their project:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Christian minister in Florida is canceling plans to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, heeding an international outcry that drew criticism from President Barack Obama and religious and political leaders across the Muslim world.
Pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its controversial location. The agreement couldn’t be immediately confirmed.
Jones’ plans to burn Islam’s holiest text Saturday sparked an international outcry.
Jones made the decision in part because he received a call from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Robert Gates calls Terry Jones and gets him to cancel a Koran burning in exchange for mosque developers vacating a building that Donald Trump wants to buy. When did U.S. politics turn into Mad libs?
Curiouser and curiouser.
UPDATE II: The latest word is that the Koran burning hasn’t been canceled, but merely “suspended.”