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Pastor Terry Jones inspires fear, sadness among local Muslims
by Jeff Kunerth
For Imam Muhammad Musri, watching the mobs in Afghanistan incited to violence last Friday by the burning of a Quran by Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones was like a nightmare come true. He feared it, he foresaw it, he felt helpless to prevent it.
This is what Musri thought he had prevented last fall when he persuaded Jones to drop his plans to burn the holy book of Islam on the anniversary of 9/11. Instead, it was just a delayed reaction when angered Afghans overran U.N. offices and killed seven civilians.
"Muslims are outraged, but there is nothing we can do. We fully understand who Terry Jones is. This guy is a nut job," said Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida.
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