Terry Jones timeline: It all started with a tweet
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Florida pastor Terry Jones has issued a blizzard of statements since he first announced (via Twitter) that he would burn Korans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The resulting back-and-forth, involving both he and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is chronicled here. The takeaways: There are no plans to move the Park51 mosque and community center, and, as Jones said Saturday in an interview with NBC's "Today" show, his church will never burn a Koran.
The following is a timeline of the on-again-off-again announcements from Jones and some of the key events surrounding his plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of Sept. 11. All times are date stamps of AP reports:
July 12 - Fla. pastor Terry Jones tweets: "9/11/2010 Int Burn a Koran Day." He then starts an associated "International Burn a Koran Day" Facebook group. (source: Washington Post: Pastor Terry Jones's Koran-burning threat started with a tweet)
July 14 - The Web site EuroIslam.Info posted Jones's announcement under the "Islamaphobia Observatory" section of its site.
July 21 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for Koran education sessions to refute the burning.
July 23 - Jones tweets that he has more than 700 members in his Facebook group and later does an interview with CNN.
July 30 - The National Association of Evangelicals, one of the largest collections of such churches, denounces the event and urged Jones to call it off.
Aug. 26, The New York Times reports that Jones planned a bonfire of Korans because, he said, it is "full of lies." (via Media Notes)
Sept. 4 - First major protest occurs in Indonesia. Thousands take to the streets with signs that read: "You burn a Qur'an, You Burned in Hell!!"
Sept. 6 - An Afghan imam in Kabul convenes a demonstration in which protesters burn an effigy of Jones and chant "Death to America."
Sept. 7 (2:44 p.m.) - Jones says he "understands the government's concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning." He leaves "the door open to change his mind, however, saying that he is still praying about his decision."
Sept. 8 (3:32 p.m.) - Jones remains steadfast, claiming he has received more than 100 death threats and that he has begun carrying a pistol. (AP)
Sept. 8 (7:09 p.m.) - Imam Muhammad Musri emerges from a meeting with Jones, saying he is hopeful Jones will change his mind. (AP)
Sept. 9 (1:24 p.m.) - Jones says, "As of right now, we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing." (AP)
Sept. 9 (11:16 p.m. - President Obama calls Koran burning a "stunt," and urges Jones not to go through with his plans. (AP)
Sept. 9 (5:11 p.m.) - In a press conference with Musri, Jones says he will cancel the Koran burning event. During the conference Jones claims an agreement has been reached with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to move the mosque near Ground Zero and that a meeting has been planned with Jones and Imam Rauf on Sept. 11. Later reports quote Jones as saying, "We felt that that would be a sign that God would want us to do it...The American people do not want the mosque there and, of course, Muslims do not want us to burn the Quran." Jones also states he is against any other groups burning Korans. (AP)
Sept. 9 (5:52 p.m.) - AP reports that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says no agreement has been reached to move the mosque and the plans to build the mosque near Ground Zero would go forward as planned. Musri also says there was no agreement to move the mosque and that the only agreement reached was for Jones to meet with the imam overseeing the mosque on Sept. 11. (AP)
Sept. 9 (6:35 p.m.) - Jones insists Musri promised him the mosque would be moved and that he would be "very, very disappointed" if it was not. (AP)
Sept. 9 (8:43 p.m.) - Jones says the Koran burning is suspended, not canceled, and that he might reconsider, claiming Musri "clearly, clearly lied to us." (AP)
Sept. 9 (9:41 p.m.) - Musri says Jones "stretched my words" during the press conference earlier that day.
Sept. 10 (7:18 a.m.) - Negotiations between Musri and Jones continue. (AP)
Sept. 10 (7:53 a.m.) - Jones tells NBC's "Today" show that he will cancel Koran burning if he can meet with Rauf. (AP)
Sept. 10 (12:44 p.m.) - Rauf insists no meeting has been planned with Jones and that he is committed to meeting with anyone "seriously committed to pursuing peace." (AP)
Sept. 10 (1:09 p.m.) - It is still unclear whether Jones can meet with Rauf, whether he would cancel the Koran burning indefinitely or just on the anniversary of 9/11. Jones and evangelist Kilari Anand Paul establish a two-hour deadline to hear from Rauf. (AP)
Sept. 10 (4:26 p.m.) - The 3:20 p.m. deadline comes and goes, but Paul tells the AP that the Sept. 11 Koran burning is called off. "I can tell you 100 percent Pastor Jones will not burn the Quran tomorrow," evangelist Kilari Anand Paul tells The Orlando Sentinel. Asked whether Jones would burn Korans in the future, Paul says "I cannot speak for the future." (AP)
Sept. 10 (4:35 p.m.) - Luke Jones, Terry Jones's son, insists that his father will not burn Korans on Sept. 11, but would not guarantee that his father would refrain from burning Korans in the future. (AP)
Sept. 11 (7:56 a.m.) - Jones tells NBC's "Today" show that he will not burn Korans on the Sept. 11 anniversary or at any point in the future. (AP)
September 11, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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