Terry Jones is the pastor at Dove World Outreach Center (DWOC) in Gainesville, Florida. He has been in the news before when he burned a pile of Korans. Now he has pushed the envelope to the far extreme and has hung an effigy of President Obama holding a baby doll, representing abortion, in the yard in front of his church.
In addition to the dummy of Obama and doll, there is a gay pride rainbow striped flag in Obama’s left hand and an Uncle Sam holding the American flag. Nearby the words “Obama is Killing America” are printed on a trailer.
In a telephone interview with The Huffington Post, Jones said the flag was meant to call attention to Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage and that the baby doll is there because the president is “favorable toward abortion.”
We may be in the land of free speech, but this is going too far in my opinion. Jones is hanging the man that allows him the freedom to speak his mind and run his cultish church. It does not matter to me if that was Bush, Reagan, or Nixon hanging there. Jones is displaying nothing more than pure hatred. I thought church was about preaching love and acceptance. I know most do, but obviously not this one.
This “church” has a history of cult-like behavior which includes their Academy Rulebook, written by Jone’s wife and published in 2007, prospective ministers are directed to cut off most contact with family members. “Family occasions like wedding, funerals or Birthdays are no exception to this rule,” the rulebook notes. “No phone calls. Exceptions can be made under certain circumstances but only after receiving permission.”
The Joneses also barred “Singles” from having “romantic relationships to the opposite sex…Except work things, there is no need to talk at all, or even flirt!” Students were barred from “eating out in restaurants” and warned that they would be weighed “once a week to follow the tendency,” an apparent reference to a weight goal established by the Joneses.
Insane. Hateful. Crazy. I shake my head but just keep reminding myself that we do live in a country which allows a nutcase like this his freedom of speech. Although I think hanging an effigy of the POTUS is too going too far. I am sure he is being watch heavily now.
Many preach their hatred for Islam and Muslims, especially when some people of Islam attack Christianity. Well, how is Jones burning the Koran any different from what some Muslims are doing? The hypocricy is so thick.
Huffington Post: Terry Jones, Quran-Burning Pastor, Hangs Barack Obama Effigy Outside Florida Church
The Smoking Gun: DWOC Academy Rulebook
Huffington Post: Koran-Hating Pastor Hangs Barack Obama In Effigy In Florida Church’s Front Yard