A controversial anti-Muslim pastor who was arrested on his way to burn almost 3,000 Korans last year showed up to court wearing a “Nuke ISIS” t-shirt this week.
Pastor Terry Jones was arrested near Tampa in 2013 and charged with illegally transporting fuel and openly carrying a firearm. News of his plans to burn 2,998 Korans on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks made international news and shocked the world.
Although a judge dropped the original charge of illegally transporting fuel, Jones returned to court on Tuesday after the state of Florida asked for new charges to be approved.
“I’m definitely surprised, they have absolutely no evidence,” Jones said. “The judge reviewed it; the judge threw it out. They knew they didn’t have any kind of chance from the very beginning. And they are just continuing to drag it out.”
Jones added that his biggest concern was that a felony conviction would strip him of his right to carry a gun, and that he felt his life would constantly be in danger.
Jones’ misdemeanor weapon charge is still pending.