Residents of a Florida town are growing wary of a radical pastor’s plan to burn 2,998 Korans on September 11 - one book for every victim of the 2001 Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. Terry Jones, the head of the “Stand Up America Now with Dr. Terry Jones” organization, carried out a similar stunt in 2010. Jones plans on burning the Korans in Mulberry, Fla.
"The radical hand of Islam shows itself with violence against anyone who dares to stand up and speak the truth," according to a statement from Jones’ group. "We at Stand Up America Now will not back down. We will not be silent.”
Bill McKinney, a resident of Mulberry, suggested that Jones use his property for the Koran burnings.
Some of his neighbors are not too happy about it. “Why would you come to little Mulberry, that is peaceful and diverse?" said Suzanne Carter-Moore. "We like it that way, and why come to our town and stir up the pot of hate and division?"
The community has launched a group called “Not in Mulberry.” A Facebook page, “Not in Mulberry Dr. Jones,” has also been created.
“We by no means, and never in any of the protests we have ever done, demonstrated any type of hate,” Jones said. “And we definitely do not hate Muslims. 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."
Jones and McKinney plan on having the event despite the protests of the town, RT.com reported.
"The fact they don't want us there, that of course doesn't bother us because we feel there is a higher calling in our message and a higher purpose," said Jones. "And there are probably people who do want us there and who do believe in the message."