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Terry Jones, the Florida pastor threatening to burn a Koran tomorrow on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.

The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website has the perhaps unsurprising coincidence front and center, noting:
"Rush Limbaugh USED to be Cape Girardeau's most prominent export. One of his classmates from the Central High School Class of 1969 is dominating the news right now: Terry Jones, the Gainesville, FL, preacher who is threatening to hold an 'International Burn a Koran Day' on September 11."

Gregg Hopkins, a Cape Central alum, recalled Jones in a comment on the site:

"I knew him the early 70s. He graduated from Central (I think) in 69. He was a funny, friendly guy back then, when he was dating my friend, Lisa. My how the years change some people. Every picture I've seen of him, he's wearing an intense scowl."

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight: " 'Rev.' Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of '69). Coincidence?"

Jones has been the flaming center of controversy this week as he first held fast to his plan to burn a Koran at his 50-member Dove World Outreach Center, despite calls from President Obama, Gen. David Petraeus and even Sarah Palin that he abandon the idea.

Petraeus said such action would put U.S. troops overseas in harm's way: "Images of the burning of a [Koran] would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan -- and around the world -- to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

On Thursday, Jones said he was canceling plans for his protest against Islam, then back-pedaled and said he was just putting them "on hold." On Friday he told NBC's "Today" show his plan is still up in the air and contingent on an expected meeting Saturday with the man behind the so-called Ground Zero mosque in New York.

On Thursday, Jones claimed he had been promised that the planned Islamic center would be moved from a site near Ground Zero, but Thursday night he said he'd been given false information. He told reporters that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf had assured him he would move the mosque, and Jones said he would fly to New York on Saturday for the ninth anniversary of 9/11 and meet with Rauf.

Shortly after Jones spoke, Rauf released a statement insisting there was no deal to move the Islamic center, known as the Cordoba House, or Park51.
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Why does this surprise anyone?

September 11 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure what to think of this. To help me decide, I need to see a list of Mr. Kavanagh's high school graduating class (preferable with background checks already done). I'm also curious as to how far this "guilt by association" meme extends. We know that Barack Obama identifying Rev. Wright as a "mentor" supposedly means nothing... is this significant just because Limbaugh is allegedly connected?

September 10 2010 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Interesting fact but nothing more can be drawn from it. Every school has its good and bad graduates. Both Rush & TJones are hateful people but they are probably not typical of the better behaving graduates of Cape Central. At least I hope they are not.

September 10 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

They were at the SAME SCHOOL!! Wow --- Reverend Wright, SAME CHURCH and William Ayers, neighbors AND same school as Barack Obama! I can see why you are concerned about who your associates are!

September 10 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

While this is not surprising, it is amazing. Amazing that I didn't see the similarity in opinions and call this ahead of time. But, if you have ever been to Cape Girardeau you would understand. This was and is part of the South, I think it is further south on a GPS than Lexington, KY.

September 10 2010 at 12:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I don't get the purpose of this headline. "So what?" if Limbaugh and Jones attended same high school? Here in the 'present' each man is simply true to himself and personal beliefs. An entire class of students attended this same school, each adheres to his own belief, and beliefs grow with a person as they mature through life. Point is, should ANYone burn a copy of the Kuran? Burning really serves no purpose but to further the already volatile situation. There is no legal crime involved here, only an act that provides more purpose to those groups of Muslims who want to destroy us. In short, we are at war, and it IS a religous war. They intend to overwhelm and destroy us in the name of their Allah. If we aggravate, we better be prepared for the retaliation. Same should hold true other way around, but is it????? I am afraid NOT, and I leave it to each of you to decide why.

September 10 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I find this to be very amusing for one simple reason. Why do some people like Olbermann try to make a connection between Limbaugh and Jones but make a disconnect between Obama and Reverend Wright?

September 10 2010 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to joe's comment

Mr. Jones doesn't realize how portraying himself as a Christian by lowering himself to burn the Koran makes him look no better than an extremist. I remember the Muslim/Islamic countries celebrating when the 9/11 tragedy happened.This is exactly why I am appauled by the idea of building a Mosque anywhere near Ground Zero. Yes, we have "freedom of religion" here in the U.S. but we do not have "freedom of retaliation" and I believe building the Mosque is exactly what may be happening.

September 10 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

This church has a Christian-ish name and ignores Christ's instructions to "love your enemy" and "do good to those who hate you." Looks like Satan has gotten to them and twisted their thoughts and actions. Readers, please don't judge all Christians, by the actions of the extremist fringe.

September 10 2010 at 8:10 AM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply

Why does the press give an international soapbox to every little person who wants to do any ill-conceived thing? If, when he made his first announcement, they'd have said, "this is 'silly,' and we're not gonna report it," that would have been the end of it. He could have burned his Koran "privately," and no one would have cared.

September 10 2010 at 8:04 AM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JohnR's comment

There is no such thing as privacy anymore with the internet. Someone would have filmed it with their camera, and it would be around the world within minutes. News coverage or not.

September 10 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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