Florida pastor Terry Jones has announced he will hold a Koran burning event on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks next weekend. To counter the increasingly negative image of Islam and Muslims in America — which some experts say contributes to initiatives such as the one spearheaded by Jones — one organization has unveiled a public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
Fox News reported that the controversial pastor — who heads Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville — also cited the Fort Hood massacre as well as honor killings to further motivate his decision to hold the event.
"These are things that, if we don’t stand up now, they can increase," he said, quoted by the news source.
However, the planned burning has been condemned by many political and religious leaders in Florida and across the country. For example, The Christian Pastors’ Association of North Central Florida (CPA) denounced the event and stressed its support for religious freedom for all Americans, according to Gainesville.com.
Moreover, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to present its new national PSA. The campaign’s videos show Muslims who worked or volunteered as first responders following the attacks of 9/11.
The overarching theme will be "9/11 happened to us all."