Expert Says Quran Controversy Is Media Phenomenon

09/10/10 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb
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Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Gainesville, Florida.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, most people probably would have identified Terry Jones as one of the founding members of the British Monty Python comedy troupe.

But today a different Terry Jones is gaining international fame-or more accurately infamy-as the minister of a small Church in Gainesville, Florida, whose on, then off, now possibly on-again plans to burn copies of the Muslim holy book The Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has sparked an international outcry.

We're getting some perspective this morning from Gregory Gause, Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont who specializes in the politics of the Middle East.

Gause tells VPR's Mitch Wertlieb Terry Jones is very much a 21st Century media phenomenon.

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