Quran Burning Decision May Come Down To The Wire The pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Fla., has been planning to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday which is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pressure has been mounting for him not to follow through on the plan.
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The pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Fla., has been planning to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday which is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pressure has been mounting for him not to follow through on the plan.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:

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What complicates that decision is that it involves another controversial item in the news - an Islamic Center planned near Ground Zero in New York. From Gainesville, Florida, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

GREG ALLEN: Jones says he talked to Musri about plans by New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to build an Islamic Center near the former site of the World Trade Center.

TERRY JONES: That if they were willing to, either cancel the mosque at the Ground Zero location, or if they were willing to move that location, we would consider that a sign from God.

ALLEN: After two meetings with Florida Muslim leader, Mohammad Musri, Jones said he was convinced they had a deal.

JONES: The Imam has agreed to move the mosque. We have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday. And on Saturday, I will be flying up there to meet with him.

ALLEN: The man in the middle, Florida Imam Mohammad Musri, says he never suggested to Jones there was a deal to move the New York Islamic Center. But Musri said Imam Rauf's office agreed to hear Jones's concerns.

MOHAMMAD MUSRI: And I had a commitment from them, that I and the pastor would be welcome to have a meeting. And that, yes, that very subject - the moving of the mosque would be discussed and that he would consider it.

ALLEN: Greg Allen, NPR news, Gainesville, Florida.

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