I got the following from an interview Jones did with ABC News' Terry Moran last year:
Considering what we're seeing in Europe with Sharia, I think an "in your face" protest like this ("Don't try to tell me what I can do in my own country") is perfectly legitimate, whether one believes Jones is being disingenuous or not. If anyone thinks he has another motive, feel free to offer up some evidence beyond inference and/or opinion. And trying to hold someone accountable for exercising a basic right because of what terrorists in a foreign country might do is bull****. I mean, don't you think when you hit people with missiles and bombs you're inciting them? Weren't they already incited with 150,000 foreign troops? Does anyone seriously think foreigners would be safe from the Taliban in Afghanistan under any circumstance?(L)ast September 11th, we... did a demonstration in remembrance of the men and women that were murdered and also a demonstration against Islam and Sharia law. So we did this last year so this year we thought what can we do and we came up with the idea of the International Burn a Koran Day. Actually for two reasons, the same as last year, to remember those who were killed, murdered on September the 11th and then this year through the whole year we have, we have become more and more aware of the dangers of sharia law and the dangers of radical Islam and that's what this message is geared towards. It is not geared towards the so-called moderate Moslem but its geared towards that radical element to really send a clear message to them that radical Islam, sharia law, sharia courts, what they seem to try to institute after a period of time is not wished in America....
(W)e feel we feel that a radical message is necessary. We also want to send a message to the moderate Moslem to stay peaceful and moderate. We live in America, we have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, they are more than welcome to be here, worship, build mosques, but we do not want as it appears to be in parts of the world after they gain in numbers in population they begin to push sharia law, that type of government. We expect the Moslems that are here in America to respect honor, obey submit to our constitution.
Transcript: ABC News' Terry Moran Interviews Pastor Terry Jones - ABC News