Terry Jones Finally Got That Koran-Burning Out of His System

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones stands at a small protest at the site of the Park 51 proposed mosque and community center November 16, 2010 in New York City. Jones threatened to burn a Koran on September 11 to protest the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" but eventually reconsidered. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2010 Getty Images

A domestic and international brouhaha erupted in September when Florida pastor Terry Jones declared his intentions to burn a copy of the Koran. As protesters demonstrated in Muslim countries around the world, American officials became so concerned that Defense Secretary Robert Gates personally reached out to Jones. And it worked. Jones said he and the church had "accomplished our goal" — further tainting the Fu Manchu? — and promised that "not today, not ever" would he burn a Koran. That promise lasted about six whole months, and then Jones just couldn't take it anymore.

A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book "guilty" of crimes.

The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.

Sunday's event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found "guilty" and "executed."

The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.

Notably, nobody really cared this time. Only 30 people were in attendance, and the media didn't even notice until today, mostly because it is too busy focusing on wars and nuclear disasters to give a slow summer's dose of attention to a random publicity-seeking bigot in Florida. Not this blog, personally, but the media in general.

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