Florida pastor who planned Quran burn out of jail
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor who said he intended to burn 2,998 Muslim holy books has posted bail after being arrested.
Earlier story (from NBC News):
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.