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Tennessee Minister Also Planning Quran Burning

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Rev. Terry Jones's now globally maligned idea to burn Qurans on the 9th anniversary of September 11th is receiving praise from one Tennessee minister who now says that he's going to incinerate the sacred Islamic text on Saturday and post the video online.

According to a report from Nashville's Tennessean, Rev. Bob Old of Springfield, Tennessee recently gave his support to Rev. Jones of the Dove World Center Outreach in Gainesville, Fla., and said that his idea to set fire to Qurans was good.

The Tennessean reports that Old believes the United States would be better without Muslims altogether:

"If they want to have their religion, they can have it somewhere else," said Old, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Joelton and Academy Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, which merged with another church. He no longer has a congregation and instead runs an evangelical ministry called Disciples of Christ.

"I believe that other religions are a threat to our faith and our beliefs," Old also told the Tennessean. "People may say that I am crazy, but I am not."

The list of people opposing Quran-burning has grown rapidly over the past few days. President Obama added his name to the list Thursday, a roster that includes Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus, among others.

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