Koran burning called off, but no, there is no plan to move the Ground Zero Mosque

Posted by: ST on September 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Looks like the WH will no longer have to consider whether or not to place a call to Jones, urging him not to go through with the Koran burning. Via Fox40:

GAINESVILLE, Florida — The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy says he is canceling plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Pastor Terry Jones said Thursday that he decided to cancel his protest because the leader of a planned Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its controversial location. The agreement couldn’t be immediately confirmed.

And it doesn’t sound like it will be. According to Reuters:

He said at the same time that an agreement had been reached with Muslim leaders to move the location of an Islamic cultural center and mosque planned close to the site of the September 11 attacks in New York.

But sources close to New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said there was no agreement to move the site of the proposed Muslim cultural center.

What IS confirmed, however, is that Donald Trump has said he will make an offer to buy the Ground Zero mosque building:

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — Donald J. Trump offered to purchase the site of the proposed Islamic community center near New York City’s Ground Zero for the price paid plus 25 percent.

As part of the bid, any community center built would be located at least five blocks farther from the World Trade Center site, Trump said. The offer was made in a letter dated today and included in a statement received by e-mail.

“I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation,” Trump wrote in the letter to Hisham Elzanaty, a businessman who’s said he provided the majority of the financing for the two buildings where the center would be built.

Elzanaty didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message for comment.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, the center’s sponsor, didn’t respond immediately to an e-mail seeking comment.

Trump’s offer appears to be in response to a declaration made yesterday by Elzanaty:

A major investor in the mosque near Ground Zero said yesterday he is ready to pull the plug and sell some or all of the site if the price is right.

Hisham Elzanaty, an Egyptian-born businessman who says he provided a majority of the financing to gain control over the two buildings where an Islamic community center and mosque would be built, said he already has received offers for three times the $4.8 million price of the site.

“Develop it, raze it, sell it,” Elzanaty, who lives on Long Island, told the Associated Press.

“If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it’s all theirs.”

The AP is reporting that Trump’s offer has been declined.

I’m ready for Pastor Jones to go back to being an unknown preacher of a small church in Florida, for the GZ imam, Elzanaty, and anyone else who normally speaks on behalf of the GZM to, frankly, STF*U. Most importantly, I’m ready to commemorate 9-11 properly – and free from all this nonsense.


Update – 6:00 PM: Via the AP:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Florida imam says that no deal has been reached to move the site of a mosque at the site of ground zero in exchange for a Florida minister to call off plans to burn Qurans.

Imam Muhammad Musri tells The Associated Press that what he offered was a meeting among the Rev. Terry Jones, the New York imam planning the Islamic center and himself to talk about the mosque location.

Musri is president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida. He says he told Jones that he does not believe the mosque should not be there and would do everything in his power to make sure it is moved.

Jones says he believes a deal was reached to move the mosque and would fly to New York Saturday to discuss it.


Related: There’s a Westboro Baptist Church connection to Pastor Terry Jones? I think I’m gonna throw up.

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11 Responses to “Koran burning called off, but no, there is no plan to move the Ground Zero Mosque”


  1. Carlos says:

    Be this as it all may be, I still haven’t heard of Jones’ church sending out suicide murderers or beheading anyone. I haven’t even heard of Westboro doing that, and they’re probably as obnoxious and un-Christ-like as any “Christian” church in this country.

    Go figure. According to the Lamestream Media, Hollyweird and all statists/leftists, I thought all conservative Christians were just as bad as the radical islamists.

  2. Richard says:

    It is getting annoying listening or reading about this Koran burning and Mosque building.

    And it is ridiculous that leaders are getting involved in this circus being reported by the media.

    Oh well, I guess getting 15 minutes of fame is nowadays the name of the game.

    What does STF*U mean?? Just curious.

  3. Bill says:

    I personally do not feel sorry for the residents of New York. They have voted Democrat time and time again, a party that has proved itself to be hypocrites over and over. If it is Islam, its freedom of religion, if it is Christianity it is a symbol of hate. The people of New York vote to empty the coffers to help the “downtrodden”, without realizing that eventually you chase off the people talented enough to make the money. You know what New York, enjoy your mosque. I hope they loudly play that call to prayer as it echos through your WTC area. Elections have consequences, idiots. If you do not learn that, the next argument will be Sharia Courts next to the WTC. Have fun!! There are some pretty colors for the burqas, most fat a&&ed New York women should probably be in one anyways. Cheers!!

  4. Carlos says:

    Well, Bill, what makes you think New Yorkers give a rat’s patootie about “elections have consequences?” All they know is that if the government (state or fed) can tax someone, they should, and if they can make anyone’s life miserable, they will.

    What they haven’t figured out yet and probably never will is that each one is the “someone” and “anyone.”

    Same with the maroons in MA and CA.

  5. Kate says:

    This is an example of a purely MEDIA driven event. How many of us would even have known about this pastor and his hairbrained scheme without them? How in the world would Radical Islamists know about it unless they are MONITORING the internet looking for examples of “Christian” atrocities? To me those are the questions we should be asking. Ask that cartoonist if he thought his depiction of Mohammed as a dog would have been viewed by more than the readers of the publications he had a syndication deal with in Europe. If anything this sorry little excuse for a Christian has pointed out that it doesn’t take much to inflame the hatred of these islamists…that in itself is the ticklish situation we are in when we deal with any islamist in the MIddle east.

  6. Pam says:

    I am tired of the threats from Muslims; we should turn it around on them. I think we should take out an ad in the New York Times (if they would take the ad which I doubt) saying the next time a Muslim kills any American in the name of Islam we WILL burn one Koran, the next time 10 Korans then 100. When they kill the 5th American we put up a billboard of Muhammad in drag explaining that he was a pedophile. But on the other hand we promise NOT to do these things if they do not kill another American. IF they do it will be on their heads.

  7. Paul says:

    And they won’t move the Ground Zero Mosque. Imam Rauf is supposed to be a “moderate” Muslim. Where is his respect for 3,000 murdered Americans? Pastor Pastor Jones is being demonized in the media. Why not demaonize those Islamo fascists who murdered our people and the ones who are still trying to do us serious bobily harm ? The media are. in large part, hypocrites.

  8. Zippy says:

    It’s my understanding that this Pastor has quite a following. What is it..30 people? I really like the painted ‘International Koran burning’ sign on the side of what looks like a horse trailer. Hardly a big threat to humanity. He is perhaps more of a threat to the 30 congregants of his church. Chalk it up as one looney and the media makes it mayhem. What a shock.

    *blank stare*

  9. Anny says:


    STF*U= shut the f*** up.

    Just answering your question, tho, and not implying that you should.

  10. Anny says:

    My thought about all of this is that:

    1. the building of the mosque (or community center) close to ground zero is basically a slap in the face to all Americans.

    2. the burning of the Koran is a slap in the face as well.

    Two wrongs do not make a right, and both are insensitive.

  11. Carlos says:

    I would love it if a Christian sect headed up a movement to build a megachurch in Mecca. Or helped raise money to retake the spot of the Temple Mount and start rebuilding it, which means a mosque would have to come tumbling down.

    After all, are’t they always pointing out that, once muslim, always muslim? Well, that can work both ways: once Christian territory, always Christian territory.

    And Christians would be just as justified as the muslims who reconquered the middle east toward the end of the Crusades, and certainly more justified than the murderous muslims who ransacked the Christian and Jewish portions of the middle east to begin with, bravely murdering women and children and forcing many more into (gasp!) SLAVERY.

    And, of course, the slavery continues to this day (both real slavery and the slavery of sharia law), as opposed to the western world which pretty much eliminated it in the 19th century.