Outright religious, international condemnation force Pastor Jones to cancel plans for his destructive escapade

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A Christian pastor canceled his controversial plan to burn copies of the Quran, saying he had received a "sign from God" when a Muslim cleric agreed to move an Islamic center planned for a site near ground zero in New York. But the cleric said there was no such deal, and the preacher later said he was having second thoughts.

Terry Jones said tonight he had been "clearly, clearly lied to" about what he said was a promise to change the location of the New York mosque.

Jones, head of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., sparked an international uproar when he announced his church would burn copies of the Muslim holy book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

President Barack Obama condemned the plan and Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, warned it could endanger American troops. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates telephoned Jones and urged him to reconsider.

Jones announced this afternoon he had decided to call off the Quran burning and would instead fly to New York on Saturday to meet with the Muslim cleric who wants to build an Islamic center a few blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center.

"Our thought was the American people do not as a whole want the mosque at ground zero. If they were willing to cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, we would consider that a sign from God," Jones told reporters.

"We have been in contact with the imam in New York City. I will be flying up on Saturday to meet with the imam at the ground zero mosque. He has agreed to move the location," Jones said.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said in a statement that there had been no such agreement and that he had not been involved in any negotiations with the Florida preacher.

"I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qurans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones," he said, adding that he was "surprised" by the announcement.

"We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we here to barter. We are here to extend our hand to build peace and harmony," he said.

The property developer also denied any deal had been reached.

"The Muslim community center called Park51 in lower Manhattan is not being moved," said a statement issued by SoHo Properties that was obtained by ABC News. "The project will proceed as planned."

Imam Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, appeared with Jones at his news conference but later hastened to say he had never given any guarantee that the Park51 Islamic center would be moved. Jones, however, stuck to his assertion that the New York imam had promised to move the mosque.

"I was told exactly the imam would move the mosque from ground zero," Jones said. "I have his word he will move the mosque to a different location."

Later in the evening, Jones said he was reconsidering the move to call off the Quran-burning event. He did not say when he would announce a final decision.

Jones, the author of a book called "Islam Is of the Devil," had never previously cited the New York Islamic center as a reason for Quran burning.

Meanwhile, real estate mogul Donald Trump said he had offered $6 million to buy out a major investor in the planned Park51 Islamic center -- 25 percent over the $4.8 million purchase price of the location, the New York Daily News said.

"I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse," Trump told the investor in a letter released by his publicist.

The investor, Hisham Elzanaty, rejected the offer. "This is just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight," said his attorney, Wolodymyr Starosolsky, according to The Associated Press.

Opponents of the Islamic center say it is unfair to families whose loved ones died on 9/11 to locate a mosque so close to the World Trade Center, where Muslim extremists flew hijacked planes into the twin towers. Others, including President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, say it would be un-American to try to stop any religious group from building a house of worship.

US President Barack Obama, marking the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks at a time of bitter religious tensions, pledged Saturday the United States will "never" be at war with Islam.

In the wake of tense controversy surrounding a renegade Florida pastor's threat to publicly burn hundreds of copies of the Koran to mark 9/11 and debate over plans to a Muslim community center and place of worship near Ground Zero, Obama urged his compatriots to be "tolerant."

"As Americans, we will not and never will be at war with Islam," he said at a memorial service at the Pentagon to remember the 184 people who were killed after a hijacked plane slammed into the Defense Department headquarters.

"It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was Al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men, which perverts religion."

The extremists who ordered and carried out the attacks that ultimately brought down the World Trade Center in New York, slammed into the Pentagon and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania "may wish to drive us apart but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice" the president added.

The extremists who ordered and carried out the attacks that ultimately brought down the World Trade Center in New York, slammed into the Pentagon and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania "may wish to drive us apart but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice" the president added.

"The perpetrators of this evil act didn't simply attack America, they attacked the very idea of America itself."

Earlier, Pastor Terry Jones said his small Florida church, which has just some 50 followers, had dropped plans to burn Korans indefinitely.

"Not today, not ever," he told NBC television's "Today" show after global condemnation and pleas from Obama and other top US officials warning of a backlash against US troops.

However, tensions remained high and Jones's stunt ensured that the controversy over the proposed cultural center took center stage.

Rival rallies by groups supporting and opposing the disputed project were to take place nearby soon after the official ceremonies at Ground Zero, breaking an unwritten taboo on open politicization of the anniversary.

Police said they would ensure the two groups were kept apart.

The still un-built community center, which organizers say would include dedicated prayer rooms for Muslims -- but also for Jews and Christians as well -- was originally proposed by New York's Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as a chance to heal post-9/11 wounds just two blocks from Ground Zero.

However opponents -- led by rightwing radio talkshow hosts and politicians campaigning on patriotic tickets ahead of November 2 congressional midterm elections -- accuse the imam of seeking to honor the radical Islamic extremists responsible for the attacks.

Jones's plans remained unclear. The obscure pastor insisted his truce depended on being at least able to meet with Abdul Rauf.

The pastor traveled to New York for what he has said was a planned meeting with Abdul Rauf, but he told NBC that no such meeting had been set up.

The daughter of controversial U.S. pastor Terry Jones has begged him to abandon his "awful" Koran-burning protest, Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Jones provoked condemnation from world leaders and Muslim groups after announcing plans to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by hosting "International Burn-a-Koran Day" at his church in Gainesville, Fla.

The pastor has put his controversial plans on hold after supposedly securing an agreement with the imam behind a proposed mosque near New York City's Ground Zero that it would be moved to another site.

However, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, in charge of the lower Manhattan project, denies that a deal has been struck.

Amid the confusion, Jones' adult daughter hit out at his plans Friday, telling Der Spiegel she had begged him not to pursue his provocative protest.

"I am shocked and condemn it," Emma Jones told the German news magazine. "When I hear what he is currently saying in interviews about his motivations, he seems like a stranger to me."

Emma Jones, who still lives in Germany, where Jones was previously head of a church in the western city of Cologne, went on: "I sent him an email. I wrote: Papa, don't do it. I actually haven't had any contact with him since he left Cologne in 2008."

She continued: "But because I think his plan is so awful, I implored him to consider the consequences -- not just for him but for the whole world."

Emma Jones said her father had not responded to her message. She said his opposition to Islam was "relatively new."

"Just before he left Cologne in 2008 and returned to the U.S., he began saying that Islam is getting the upper hand and that we can't allow it." she added.

Emma Jones went on describe her strict, religious upbringing.

She said she left his church at the age of 17, when Jones remarried, following the death of her mother in 1996. Elements of his religious devotion had troubled her, she said.

And, ominously, she warned that her father is not one to give up easily.

"I don't know what's going through his head," she added. "I think he has gone crazy. But I am convinced that he thinks his plan is both correct and good."