The Florida pastor who has angered Muslims across the globe with his plans to burn Korans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S., called off his plans, but then said the burnings were only "suspended." His volatility has put world leaders on edge.
Pastor Terry Jones, leader of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., can't seem to make up his mind. On Thursday evening, he announced he was cancelling the group's plans to burn Korans on Saturday. It was a decision he made after he said he struck a deal with Muslim leaders to have the proposed mosque near Ground Zero moved to a different location.
CBN News Reporter Dale Hurd has more on how the proposed Koran burning event caused an uproar, while also putting a strain on Christian-Muslim relations. Click here to watch the report, followed by analysis from CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane.
Then, just hours later, he said the plans may be back on.
"We have put a temporary hold upon our planned event," Jones said.
The imam Jones said he struck a deal with, said he only assured Jones of a meeting with the organizers of the mosque.
The talk of burning the Muslim holy book has sparked anti-American protests abroad, however some foreign leaders have said the pastor does not represent the people of the United States.
"This gentleman is not in line with general thinking of the American people," said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. "He is not serving anyone."
However, other Muslims said the Jews and their allies are conspiring against them.
"If they try to do it, then God willing, all the Islamic organizations, will join together and give a lesson to Americans, Jews and Christians," said Mohammed Safdar Hasmi, member of the Spiha-e-Sahaba Islamic organization. "The sky and the people on earth will watch this happening."
Many leaders were relieved when Jones called off the event, but the damage may have already been done.
"This stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform," Obama said.
"Humiliation of the holy book represents the humiliation of the people," Afghan President Hamid Karzai said. "I hope that this decision will be stopped and should never be considered, so that the world can live in peace and stability and respect of each other."
If the burning event does take place news organizations have decided whether or not to cover it. CNN and FOX News announced they would not cover it, while the Associated Press had decided not to distribute images or sound of the event.
Some journalists have suggested they believe the media is to blame for blowing up a story about the plans of a small church with only 50 members.