GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he's still praying about whether go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, which the White House, religious leaders and others are pressuring him to call off.
The Rev. Terry Jones says he's received more than 100 death threats and has started wearing a .40-caliber pistol strapped to his hip, but still has not back off his plan to burn the book Muslims consider the word of God and insist be treated with the utmost respect. The 58-year-old minister says the death threats started not long after he proclaimed in July that he would stage "International Burn-a-Quran Day."
But supporters have been mailing copies of the holy text to his church of about 50 followers to be incinerated in a bonfire on Saturday.