US pastor arrested before he could burn Quran copies.
|Pastor Terry Jones (L) is handcuffed by Polk County|
Sheriff's Deputies as he is arrested after being pulled
over while travelling on State Road 37 in Mulberry,
Florida September 11, 2013. — Photo by Reuters
MULBERRY | 13 Sep 2013 :: Law enforcement officers arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 copies of the Quran on fire to protest the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr, 44, each on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel as they travelled in a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with the copies of the Quran soaked in kerosene.
Jones had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn the 2,998 copies, one for every victim of the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday night that Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor, and that Sapp faces a charge of having no valid registration for the trailer.
Both were being booked Wednesday night into the Polk County jail, according to Sheriff Grady Judd. Mulberry's mayor, along with area elected officials, a sheriff's deputy and several Polk County residents have talked about the need to express love and tolerance for all faiths on Sept. 11.
Jones is the pastor of a small evangelical Christian church. He first gained attention in 2010 when he planned to burn a copy of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11, although he eventually called it off.(Courtesy:Dawn)Read More>>>