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NY Imam: No Plans To Meet Terry Jones

Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he doesn't have meeting with Terry Jones on his calendar, not even in pencil. Hasan Jamali/AP hide caption

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Looks like Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who said he wouldn't burn Qurans on Saturday so long as he got a meeting with the Muslim cleric who wants to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, may not have his Saturday meeting after all.

The Associated Press reports:

NEW YORK (AP) - The imam leading an effort to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site says he has no plans to meet with a Florida pastor who had threatened to burn copies of the Quran.

But Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says in the statement Friday that he is open to seeing anyone "seriously committed to pursuing peace."

Rauf's statement furthers the carnival funhouse feel of this story.

The Florida imam who has been negotiating with Jones, Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, has clearly left the impression publicly that he had  arranged a Saturday meeting with Rauf and Jones.

Reuters reported:

Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, told ABC he had not promised that the proposed Islamic center in New York would be moved. Musri said he had only agreed to make contact with the New York organizers, setup a meeting and make the case for shifting the site.

"The meeting will happen," Musri told ABC. But he added that Jones "stretched and exaggerated my statements ... I told him I'm willing to make contact as an imam to the imam in New York, Muslim to Muslim, and ask on his behalf to schedule a meeting."

It would be very hard to blame anyone at this point who might say "wake me when it's over."

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