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Florida pastor arrested before he could burn 2,998 Qurans on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Posted by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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Florida pastor arrested before he could burn 2,998 Qurans on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

BRIAN BLANCO/EPA - Polk County Sheriff's deputies escort Terry Jones (C) to a waiting patrol car in Lakeland, Florida, Sept.11, 2013.

MULBERRY, Fla. — Law enforcement arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 34, on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. He had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff’s officials said they would hold a news conference later Wednesday to discuss specific charges.

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In a photo made with a fisheye lens, the Tribute in Light rises above buildings in lower Manhattan, during a test, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in New York. The light display commemorates the twin towers of the World Trade Center that were destroyed in terrorist attacks 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Mulberry’s mayor, along with area elected officials, a sheriff’s deputy and several Polk County residents have talked about the need to express love and tolerance for all faiths on Sept. 11.

Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first gained attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a Quran on 9/11, although he eventually called it off. His congregation did burn the Muslim holy book in March 2011 and last year he promoted an anti-Muslim film. All three incidents sparked violence in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The most violent protest happened after the 2011 Quran burning as hundreds of protesters stormed a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.

Jones has repeatedly ignored pleas from the U.S. military asking him not to stage his protests. Military officials say his actions put American and Western troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in danger.

Mulberry is a town of about 3,000 between Orlando and Tampa and has no connection to Jones’ church, which recently moved out of its Gainesville building.

An Egyptian court convicted Jones, along with seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in absentia, sentencing them to death on charges linked to the film. The ruling was seen as largely symbolic because Jones and the other defendants live outside of Egypt.

Just last week, a federal judge in Michigan issued a summary judgment in favor of Jones and his organization, Stand Up America Now, against the city of Dearborn for requiring Jones and his organization to sign a city-issued agreement in order to speak on public property in front of a Dearborn mosque in 2012.

Earlier Wednesday, about 75 people gathered In Mulberry for an interfaith prayer service to counter Jones’ actions.

Mike Ghouse, who has organized a 9/11 prayer service in his home state of Texas for nine years, brought his event to Mulberry because of Jones’ planned Quran burning. He initially had planned to hold the service in Texas but teamed with a group of Mulberry residents who had organized an anti-Jones Facebook page.

“Everyone has a right to believe what they believe,” said Ghouse, adding that it was Jones’ right as an American to express himself. Others said that while Jones was free to say or do whatever he wanted, the people of Mulberry didn’t want the world to think that the residents condone or agree with Jones’ views.

“We don’t buy what Jones is selling,” said Polk County resident Butch Rahman.

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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 6:52 AM
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what a dumb ass

momtoscott
by Gold Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Just what he's looking for.  I'm sure he laughed all the way to his jail cell.  

Della529
by Matlock on Sep. 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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 I'm wondering if this is about operating a vehicle with a flammable load.

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Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 34, on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene.


 

katy_kay08
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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When on a mission of spreading hate, one should probably take the time to make sure he isn't in violation of any other laws that may waylay his goal.  

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MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Polk County sheriff's deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they travelled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff's officials said that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer.

http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Florida-pastor-arrested-before-he-could-burn-Qurans-223392521.html

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Aww, so sad that he couldn't have his hateful little BBQ. ;)
Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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An "operating a vehicle with a flammable load" charge could be pressed whenever he travels, fuel or not :)

Quoting Della529:

 I'm wondering if this is about operating a vehicle with a flammable load.


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Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 34, on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene.



 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

 While I disagree with what he was doing, I think the charges are flimsy.  Grills usually have fuel. 

This isn't any different than someone using a milk jug for lawnmower gas.  They aren't arresting people for that.

This looks more like anything they could think of to keep him from exercising his freedom of speech.

Tragic that the books were ruined anyway.  I don't approve of the willful destruction of holy items.  It is extremely disrespectful.

 

Della529
by Matlock on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

 Buuuut, laws like that restrict his Freedom of Speech and expression.  It's not fair!

/o.o

Quoting katy_kay08:

When on a mission of spreading hate, one should probably take the time to make sure he isn't in violation of any other laws that may waylay his goal.  

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MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Polk County sheriff's deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they travelled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff's officials said that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer.

http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Florida-pastor-arrested-before-he-could-burn-Qurans-223392521.html

 

Della529
by Matlock on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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 And there it is!

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 While I disagree with what he was doing, I think the charges are flimsy.  Grills usually have fuel. 

This isn't any different than someone using a milk jug for lawnmower gas.  They aren't arresting people for that.

This looks more like anything they could think of to keep him from exercising his freedom of speech.

Tragic that the books were ruined anyway.  I don't approve of the willful destruction of holy items.  It is extremely disrespectful.

 

 

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM
It's probably a question of quantity. The amount of fuel needed to burn 3000 books is probably a teench more than a gallon.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 While I disagree with what he was doing, I think the charges are flimsy.  Grills usually have fuel. 


This isn't any different than someone using a milk jug for lawnmower gas.  They aren't arresting people for that.


This looks more like anything they could think of to keep him from exercising his freedom of speech.


Tragic that the books were ruined anyway.  I don't approve of the willful destruction of holy items.  It is extremely disrespectful.


 

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