Pastor Terry Jones’ estranged daughter, living in Germany, speaks to Spiegel online. Pastor Jones had a church in Cologne, Germany; he was ousted over tiny matters of doctrine and finances, and some of his flock even followed him all the way to Florida. Without the cover of religion, people like this would be in mental institutions. A few clips (emphasis added):
Jones: My mother, Lisa Jones, died in 1996 of a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, my father remarried and I left the church at age 17. In 2005, he offered me a job as a bookkeeper in a company belonging to the church, which sold donated furniture on eBay. I gained a new insight, and realized that my father preached things and did things that I didn’t find to be in accordance with the Bible at all. He demanded that people completely obey him and his second wife, Sylvia. Both are extremely obsessed with power. I saw genuine religious delusion. A typical indication of a sect. Both of them wanted to control everything.
Jones: I didn’t agree with those things which I saw as exploitation and psychological abuse. I repeatedly brought those things up. In the end, he called me into his office and said he received a message from God for me: God would take my children and then kill me. I stood up and left. Then I contacted members of the church and tried to open their eyes. And I was successful.
click to HEAR Megan Phelps
Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted that they are gonna burn Korans and American flags, motherfuckers, and teach those candy-ass christians at Dove World a thing or two about crazy. Megan Phelps said she knew that pussy-Pastors Jones and Wayne Sapp would cave to the pressure. The Lord told her that, I guess — it’s really cruel of (G)od to fuck with the mentally ill this way, pitting them against each other and endangering the rest of the world. What an asshole.
Read the story and updates over at JMG: “BREAKING: Pastor Terry Jones Agrees To Cancel Burning Of Korans” and “Westboro: We’ll Burn Korans Anyway“.
[this story has updated since this post — Jones has agreed to cancel the book burning]
Religion really fucks up this world. Whack-job Pastor Jones ain’t “backing down” and whack-job Islamists promise that Americans will be killed. From a Comcast news story today:
Petraeus spoke Wednesday with Afghan President Karzai about the matter, according to a military spokesman Col. Erik Gunhus. “They both agreed that burning of a Quran would undermine our effort in Afghanistan, jeopardize the safety of coalition troopers and civilians,” Gunhus said, and would “create problems for our Afghan partners … as it likely would be Afghan police and soldiers who would have to deal with any large demonstrations.”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the pastor’s plans were outrageous, and along with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, urged Jones to cancel the event.
“It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distrustful, disgraceful plan and get the world’s attention, but that’s the world we live in right now,” Clinton said in remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Hilarious. A monster-truck-rally/WWF style parody promo video for Terry Jones’ Dove World Outreach Centers’ International Burn A Koran Day.
The Dove World Outreach Center is really, really pissed that their YouTube video was pulled. How DARE YouTube remove their video, and silence their free speach (sic) right to make death pronouncements on gay people. This guy says in one sentence that gays should be put to death, and later, in another sentence, says that christianity is all about love, and doesn’t want to put gays to death like that nasty muslim religion.
They have another video defending the use of the word “nigger”. They really, really love to use that word. Their involvement in a campaign attacking a Gainesville mayoral candidate is being brought before the IRS in a complaint by Americans United, questioning their tax-exempt status while engaging in politics.