Local Reaction To Pastor Calling Off Koran Burning

September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 6:51 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 6:51 AM EDT

Pastor Terry Jones said he has called off his Koran burning demonstration protesting the building of a Mosque just two blocks from ground zero. Jones is claiming that he has come up with an agreement with the Imam who represents the Islamic Community Center.

" He has agreed to move the location. This cannot happen overnight," Jones said.

But the Imam claims no deal has been struck.

And this controversy has brought criticism not only from the Islam community but also by President Obama. The president said this early in the day on Thursday.

"What he's proposing to do is completely contrary to what we believe as Americans," President Obama said.

There was also a fear that the demonstration could endanger American troops abroad and even cause terrorist attacks here at home.

Union East Elementary School in Cheektowaga came together for a multi-cultural event Thursday night. Many of the people including Melissa Cassick had an opinion about the issue.

"The idea of burning another person's holy book is repugnant to me. I can't imagine what statement that truly is making and what are kids are learning from that."

Parent Audrey Reed said no one should bring more negativity to the tragedy of 9-11.

"We need to think about how it effects everyone in the community and all over the world," Reed said.

They said multi cultural events like the one at the elementary school are meant to bring people together, diminishing the controversy at hand.

"What we need to learn form the tragedy that happened nine years ago is that we need to be tolerant or one another not focus more on intolerance," Cassick said.

Now, real estate mogul Donald Trump has also gotten involved with the controversy. He has offered to buy the Mosque property for what the owner paid plus 25 percent. He said that this could help restore peace and dissolve the issue.