Florida pastor who planned Quran burn out of jail

Tools

NBC News
Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor who said he intended to burn 2,998 Muslim holy books has posted bail after being arrested.
   
Terry Jones and Marvin Sapp - an associate pastor in Jones' church - were arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel. Jones was also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm, a misdemeanor.
   
The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that Jones and Sapp drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where they had intended to burn them - one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
   
Jones applied for and didn't receive a permit.
   
The two men paid a $1,250 bail and were released from jail Thursday morning. It is unclear whether they have retained an attorney.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Earlier story (from NBC News):

The controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Fla., before he could burn almost 3,000 Qurans.

The county's Board of County Commissioners had denied on Tuesday Jones's request for a permit to burn 3,000 Qurans — the holy book of Islam — in a local park to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Jones was arrested on felony charges after a traffic stop, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

According to NBC Miami, Jones was riding in a pickup truck with kerosene-soaked Qurans inside the truck bed. Additional bottles of kerosene were found in the truck bed. 

He faces charges of unlawfully transporting fuel and openly carrying a firearm, NBC Miami reported. 

Jones's website said he wanted to burn 2,998 Qurans at 5 p.m. "in memory of the 2,998 victims of Islamic jihad who were murdered on September 11th, 2001."

Jones, 61, is a pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville. He was arrested along with another pastor, Marvin Wayne Sapp, Jr.

His church has famously staged Quran burnings in the past, the move at one point earning Jones the condemnation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Advertisement