Although, Jones says he has "no experience with it [the Quran]," and only knows "the Bible," he is nonetheless convinced that Islam is "full of lies," and a religion "of the devil." The pastor's actions have drawn attention worldwide. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) calls the planned burning an outrage. Watch video of some of CAIR's response here. Dr. Saeed Khan, a professor at the University of Florida, told The Times that Jones is "hijacking Christianity," much like "Al Qaeda hijacked Islam."
As noted here, First Amendment scholar Charles C. Haynes has maintained that the rise of anti-Islam rhetoric is not only a danger to religious liberty in the country but also plays into the hands of extremists. "Such ill-informed statements must be music to al-Qaida's ears. After all, al-Qaida has worked hard to convince the Muslim world that its political and violent ideology is the true face of Islam - and America's ‘war on terrorism' is actually a ‘war on Islam,' Haynes wrote.