The Rev. Terry Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, said he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, even after speaking by phone to Pope Benedict.
MMA has obtained a transcript of a telephone conversation between Pope Benedict and the Rev. Terry Jones. The Pope was concerned about his plans.
Pope Benedict – Is this the heretic Terry Jones, this is His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Terry Jones – Really, the real Pope, I haven’t talked to a dirty Catholic for 30 years, what the hell do you want?
Pope Benedict – Political pressure has been put on me to speak to you about the public bonfire party you are having on September 11, would you consider making it a private party, and why a bonfire? Isn’t it hot enough in Florida already?
Terry Jones – I was visited by an Angel of the Lord, you of all people should understand that, I shall be doing God’s will.
Pope Benedict – An Angel of the Lord, that’s wonderful, what did he say?
Terry Jones – He told me to go down to the 7-11 and buy 5 gallons of the highest octane gasoline I could, and burn the holy book that is causing all the trouble in the world.
Pope Benedict – The Angel didn’t mention the Quran by name did he?
Terry Jones – No he didn’t, but it couldn’t be any other book could it?
Pope Benedict – I suppose not, well if an Angel told you to do it, I’m good with it. Enjoy your party.
Terry Jones – Look, in the interests of Christian unity, will you come?
Pope Benedict – Politically, I’m supposed to be against that sort of thing, but I’ll light a candle for you.
Terry Jones – Don’t bother.
Meanwhile President Barack Obama told Good Morning America:
Terry Jones should “listen to those better angels” and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend.