The Constitution won't let you yell "fire" in a crowded theater if there isn't one. It won't let you utter "fighting words" with impunity. But scholars agree it will let a pistol-packing minister of a tiny fundamentalist church outrage countless Muslims by burning the Quran, a book he says he hasn't read.

Florida preacher Terry Jones prepared for a bonfire of the Qurans on Saturday — the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks— despite protests from the White House, the Vatican, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, fellow Christian evangelicals and veterans' groups.

"As of right now," Jones said Wednesday, "we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing."

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