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Defiant Florida pastor still plans to burn Korans



Koran_burning_139004g GAINESVILLE — Pastor Terry Jones stayed holed up in his Dove World Outreach Center most of Tuesday. His center is a large prefab warehouse on a treeless field in a rural neighborhood. It has a large neon cross over the entrance that someone shattered with a rock.

The field outside looked like an RV park, TV news trucks parked everywhere. They parked in front of a sign with red letters that read: "International Burn a Koran Day."

Cameramen waited for Jones to come out and talk about burning Korans this Saturday, but he wouldn't leave his office. His wife, Sylvia, chased a trespassing newswoman out of the building and threw her off the property.

Other than his wife, Jones seemed to be alone. Two associate pastors, husband and wife Wayne and Stephanie Sapp, roamed the lawn, talking to media. They wore .40-cal. semiautomatic pistols in holsters on their hips. They said they'd had hundreds of threats. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:27am]


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