Florida pastor on al-Qaida hit list to speak in St. Pete against Charlie Hebdo attacks

Local Florida pastors who were arrested in 2013 prior to a planned Quran burning, one of whom is on an al-Qaida hit list, are planning to make a statement in St. Petersburg on Saturday in solidarity with attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp of Dove World Outreach Center, a church on Waterline Road in East Manatee, said they will appear in front of the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. with images of Muhammad to stand for Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech rights.

The two said they are also appearing as "an apology to the French people for Obama's decision not to send a representative to the Paris solidarity march against terrorism."

Jones is No. 2 on an al-Qaidi hit list poster that says he is wanted dead or alive.

"We will not be intimidated by Islam," Jones said in a release.

Charlie Hebdo was the target of a terrorist attack on Jan. 7, when two Islamist gunmen killed 12 employees for their depiction of the prophet Muhammad in the satirical magazine.