President Barack Obama is urging a Florida minister to abandon plans to burn Qurans to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America, Obama appealed to Pastor Terry Jones' 'better angels', saying the U.S. was founded on ideas of freedom and religious tolerance and the 'stunt' is contrary to American values. He added it might incite terrorists to attack American military personnel.
Maybe that's not enough. Maybe Jones is holding out for more than passing attention from Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rev. Franklin Graham, several foreign countries and the Vatican. In an interview with USA Today, he says nobody from the White House, Pentagon or State Department has contacted him:
If he were, (Jones) said, 'that would cause us to definitely think it over. That's what we're doing now. I don't think a call from them is something we would ignore.'
Perhaps the earlier warning from Gen. David Petraeus that the event could increase threats to U.S troops fighting overseas isn't plausible:
'We don't believe it,' Wayne Sapp, 41, a 17-year member of the small church, tells USA TODAY's Larry Copeland. 'The troops knew the dangers before they went over there. They knew the radical element of Islam is there. This is nothing new.'
BTW: Jones apparently has not read the Quran.