Rev. Terry Jones plans to burn Korans in Gainesville, Fla.
Rev. Bob Old of Springfield, Tennessee, has announced that he too plans to set fire to a Koran at his home on Saturday, and the post a video of the holy Muslim book burning online.
"If they want to have their religion, they can have it somewhere else. I believe that other religions are a threat to our faith and our beliefs. People may say that I am crazy, but I am not.""
Old currently leads an evangelical ministry called Disciples of Christ, but was once the pastor of two Baptist congregations in Tennessee.
Other Tennessee religious leaders have already come forth denouncing his plans. Rev. Larry Herbert of Faith Covenant Church in Springfield said:
Amir Arain, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Nashville, about 30 miles from Springfield, said that he hopes Old will change his mind:
"We will pray that God gives him wisdom,"
Old, however, is not the first evangelical minister to announce plans to burn the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Rev. Terry Jones is planning to publicly burn Korans in Gainesville, Florida and has attracted international attention and the condemnation of his actions by President Obama and other top figures in the US government, military and religious institutions.