On Sunday Sapp, a member of the Dove World Outreach Center, torched a copy of Qur’an claiming that the holy book had been found “guilty” of crimes in the course of an eight-month trial and was therefore “executed.”
Terry Jones, the head of Dove World Outreach Center who had planned to burn Qur’an last year on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks, was also present during the event in which, despite being open to public, fewer than 30 people attended.
Jones’ plan had been criticized worldwide and ignited many protests all around the world before it was finally cancelled at the last minute when US President Barack Obama and senior Pentagon officials warned him of the possible consequences.
Many Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran and Indonesia held massive demonstrations against the US church’s plans.
The Vatican council blasted the Florida church’s scheme as an “outrageous and grave gesture.”