Inflammatory Florida Pastor Leads NYC Protest

Pastor Terry Jones, left, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, Fla., is surrounded by supporters during a news conference across the street from the proposed Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 in New York.
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The Florida pastor who backed down from a threat to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 has led a few dozen protesters to the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero.

Terry Jones expressed sympathy on Tuesday for families of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. He also spoke out against the radical Islam he said was the cause of their deaths.

Jones says he doesn't know whether those planning the mosque and Islamic cultural centre are radicals.

He says he hopes they choose not to build the mosque there, just as he decided not to burn the Islamic holy book.

Jones says he has nothing against peaceful Muslims.

Some of Jones' supporters identified themselves as Coptic Christians from Egypt, saying they had fled persecution because of their religion.