Bronx leaders ask Fla. pastor to call off Quran burning

State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. wrote a letter to the pastor of a small Florida church asking him to call off his plan to burn

THE BRONX - State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. wrote a letter to the pastor of a small Florida church asking him to call off his plan to burn copies of the Quan on Sep. 11.

Diaz joins Secretary of State Hillary RodhamClinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and other religious leaders who have asked the pastor to call off his plans.

But Pastor Terry Jones says he's not convinced. Jones toldreporters outside his tiny Florida church that he will go ahead withplans to burn copies of the Quran this Saturday, to mark the ninthanniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He says he's not convinced that"backing down is the right thing."

His protest has also drawn the objection of the top U.S. andNATO commander, Gen. David Petraeus, who says images of burningQurans will be used by extremists, inflame public opinion andincite world wide violence. And at least two dozen Christianchurches, Jewish temples and Muslim organizations in theGainesville have mobilized to plan inclusive events Saturday.

The State Department has ordered U.S. embassies around the worldto convene "emergency action committees" to assess their securityahead of the planned weekend burning.

To view state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.'s letter click here

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