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Orlando Sentinel: Pastor Terry Jones to host George Zimmerman rally in Sanford

-By Jeff Weiner

April 17, 2012- Controversial Gainesville pastor Terry Jones plans to hold a rally in Sanford on Saturday in support of George Zimmerman, the man charged in the death of Trayvon Martin.

The rally is planned by Jones's "Stand Up America!" organization, which announced the event on its website under the heading "JUSTICE FOR ZIMMERMAN vs RACIST LYNCH MOB."

Jones' Dove World Outreach Center confirmed that he will come to Sanford this weekend to speak "in support of the Constitutional Rights for George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin."

Jones had previously announced his support for Zimmerman, who remains jailed in Seminole County on a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin in Sanford.

The rally is expected to begin at 1 p.m. outside the Criminal Justice Center on Bush Boulevard.

Jones drew international attention in 2010 when he announced plans to would burn 1,000 copies of the Quran, the central text of Islam, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

He later staged the burning of Islam's holy book last year. That event was blamed for subsequent riots and the killings of at least seven United Nations workers in the Middle East.

Zimmerman has not acknowledged Jones' support. However, a photo on Zimmerman's website of a "JUSTICE FOR ZIMMERMAN" sign appears to be an image from a previous Jones rally.



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