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Local group calls Quran burning a "manufactured controversy"

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Tampa, Florida - Members of the Council on Islamic-American Relations are calling a Gainesville church's plans to burn a Quran a "manufactured controversy" and "misinformation campaign."

The leader of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville plans to burn a Quran on Saturday, which is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Wednesday on the CBS Early Show, Rev. Terry Jones insisted the Quran burning will happen, despite more than 100 death threats and concerns that the event poses a threat to U.S. military members serving in Afghanistan.

The Council on Islamic-American Relations, or CAIR, described the event as an attempt at publicity by a bankrupt church.

This weekend, CAIR plans to have national leadership in Gainesville to offer support, and possibly protection, to local Muslims.

The group will be at a local mosque, but will not be at the scheduled Quran burning in order to avoid giving any more publicity to the Dove World Outreach Center.

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Janie Porter, 10 News

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