Residents Express Concern With Dr. Terry Jones’ Plan To Burn Qurans In Mulberry, Florida

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Dr. Terry Jones has a new plan to burn Qurans in a Florida town and some local residents are making it clear they want no part of it.

10 News in Tampa Bay, Fla., reports that Bill McKinney, a Mulberry, Fla., resident, has been supporting Jones for a few years and knew he would need a location on Sept. 11 to burn 2,998 Koran books as part of his annual demonstration that Dr. Jones says he does.

"I called him to ask if he had found a place, and then it popped out of mouth to invite him to have it right here," McKinney said.

When 10 News asked Jones why he chose Mulberry, Jones said, "We did not choose Mulberry, Mulberry chose us."

Upon hearing the news, Suzanne Carter-Moore quickly organized a group and created a Facebook page called, "Not in Mulberry," which has more than 265 likes as of Wednesday morning.

"Why would you come to little Mulberry that is peaceful and diverse?" Carter-Moore said. "We like it that way.  Why come to our town and stir up the pot of hate and division?"

Jones said the public gets confused about the purpose of his demonstration.

"We by no means, and never in any of the protests we have ever done, demonstrated any type of hate.  And we definitely do not hate Muslims," Jones stated. "We respect their right here in America to be here, to practice their religion under the first amendment. It's not about Muslims; it is about that violent core message that Islam has."

10 News spoke with Mulberry’s mayor, who said he doesn’t support Jones, but also said McKinney's home is on the outskirts of town in Willow Oak, even though every map and address brings up McKinney's home in Mulberry. He said it is just outside, in the rural area that does not give him jurisdiction. 

The "Not in Mulberry" group realized this and said on its Facebook page, "We are representing our city and our township and we are proud to be that voice."

The Huffington Post recounts how Jones became famous a few years back when called for “International Quran Burning Day” in Gainesville, Fla.

Sources: 10 News, Huffington Post