Jones: Qurans won't burn if he meets with NYC imam

Pastor Terry Jones, of the evangelical Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., says he won't follow through on a plan to burn copies of

EDISON - Pastor Terry Jones, of the evangelical Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., says he won't follow through on a plan to burn copies of Islam's holy text if he's able to meet tomorrow with the organizers behind a mosque planned near Ground Zero.

Speaking to NBC's "Today" show this morning, Jones said if he meets with the imam in New York, he won't burn the Qurans. It wasn't clear if he meant the burning would be halted indefinitely or just for Saturday.

U.S. political leaders, celebrities and Muslims around the world have been outraged by news of Jones' plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In the Garden State, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Clifton put up a sign in front of the church wishing Muslims a blessed Ramadan. The church's rector says his church has always made it a point to build relationships with other faiths and that reaching out in support is important for his congregation.

News 12 New Jersey's Karla Bardinas will visit a mosque in Toms River that is urging organizers in New York City choose another location for the proposed mosque.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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