FOREST CITY, N.C. (few hours ago) A North Carolina pastor is apologizing to Muslims for a sign in front of his church that said, "The Koran needs to be flushed."
A now-retracted Newsweek story -- alleging that U-S interrogators flushed Islam's holy book down a toilet -- triggered demonstrations in several countries and violent unrest in Afghanistan.
But the Reverend Creighton Lovelace (LUV'-lus) of Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City says he meant to affirm and exalt the Bible rather than insult Muslims.
In a statement, Lovelace says that after prayer and reflection, he now realizes that Muslims revere their holy book more than many Americans revere the Bible.
He says the church sign's message has been replaced with a new one that reads: "Jesus said, 'I am the way."