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Pastor to burn The Holy Qur'an on 9/11

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – People all over the world are waiting to see what happens at a tiny north Florida church Saturday.

A pastor plans to burn hundreds of copies of the Qur'an on the 9/11 anniversary.

Muslims take serious offense to any desecration of their holy book, and there have already been protests and threats of retribution around the world.

We got reaction from Albany religious leaders about what the Florida pastor plans to do on 9/11. Both disapprove and say it would only cause more problems.

"We're already dealing with some of the most major race issues in America and of course this adds and perpetuates ignorance, racism, hatred, and violence amongst those who're trying to get along," said Bishop Victor Powell, Rhema Word Ministries.

"To have a visual image of Americans burning the Muslim holy book is obviously propaganda for the opponents of liberty and freedom," said Dana Evan Kaplan, PhD, Rabbi.

The White House, the top U.S. Military commander in Afghanistan, and the state department have asked the church to call off the Saturday's Koran burning, but so far the pastor says he's not backing down.

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