US koran-burner Jones accused of financial fraud


This 6 September video from the USA says about itself:

BURN A KORAN DAY (DC Douglas Bitch-Slaps Terry Jones & Fred Phelps)

Another video from the USA says about itself:

A commercial for “Dr.” Terry Jones and his asinine Dove World Outreach Center (as well as a nipple tweak of Fred Phelps and his WBC family cult.) Pass this on to those who need to laugh at the darkness.

From German weekly Der Spiegel:

GERMAN JEWS CONDEMN PLANS TO BURN KORAN

Germany’s leading Jewish group, the Central Council of Jews, has condemned Terry Jones’ plans to burn the Koran. In a statement issued Wednesday, the organization’s president, Charlotte Knobloch, said the idea was “terrible and repulsive” and that it reminded her of the Nazis’ infamous book-burning in 1933. “Where they burn books, they will end up burning people,” she said, quoting the 19th-century German author Heinrich Heine.

From the same Spiegel web page:

09/08/2010

Islamophobe‘s Past in Germany

Terry Jones Accused of ‘Spiritual Abuse’ at Cologne Church

By Yassin Musharbash and Dominik Peters

US fundamentalist pastor Terry Jones, who wants to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11, ran a church in the western German city of Cologne until last year when members of the congregation expelled him. Former members have spoken of his hate-filled sermons and insistence on “blind obedience.”

The world is holding its breath — and it’s all down to a tiny Christian fundamentalist church in Florida.

Next Saturday, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Rev. Terry Jones and his colleagues plan to burn hundreds of copies of the Koran on the church’s property in Gainesville, Florida.

The White House has condemned the plan, and Muslim organizations around the world have warned of the consequences should the Koran-burning go ahead. But the church is sticking to its plans.

Naturally the radical Islamophobes know very well that their deliberate provocation could trigger potentially violent protests and riots. But they have washed their hands of any responsibility. “Let’s just make one thing clear,” the wannabe Koran-burners write on their blog. “A small church, in a small town, down a back road, burning copies of its own books, on its own property, is not responsible for the violent actions anyone may take in retaliation to our protest.”

Terry Jones, the man behind the action, is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, a church that manages to attract a Sunday congregation of just 50 people, members of the radical fringe of the evangelical movement. Jones, a 58-year-old former hotel manager with a distinctive mustache, is also the author of a polemic book titled “Islam Is of the Devil.”

‘Climate of Fear and Control’

In the United States, Jones has already attracted attention on several occasions as an Islamophobic provocateur. What is less well known is that the pastor led a charismatic evangelical church, the Christian Community of Cologne, in the western German city up until 2009. Last year, however, the members of the congregation kicked founder Jones out, because of his radicalism. One of the church’s current leaders, Stephan Baar, also told the German news agency DPA that there had been suspicions of financial irregularities in the church surrounding Jones.

A “climate of fear and control” had previously prevailed in the congregation, says one former member of the church who does not want to be named. Instead of free expression, “blind obedience” was demanded, he says.

Various witnesses gave SPIEGEL ONLINE consistent accounts of the Jones’ behavior. The pastor and his wife apparently regarded themselves as having been appointed by God, meaning opposition was a crime against the Lord. Terry and Sylvia Jones allegedly used these methods to ask for money in an increasingly insistent manner, as well as making members of the congregation carry out work.

Andrew Schäfer, a Protestant Church official responsible for monitoring sects in the region where Cologne is located, confirmed the accounts. “Terry Jones is a fundamentalist,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Both major churches in Germany have “sect commissioners” who monitor the activities of religious groups, sects and cults. Although they are obviously not totally impartial, the officials’ findings are usually considered to be trustworthy.

‘Delusional Personality’

Former church members are still undergoing therapy as a result of “spiritual abuse,” Schäfer said. According to Schäfer, Jones urged church members to beat their children with a rod and also taught “a distinctive demonology” and conducted brainwashing.

“Terry Jones appears to have a delusional personality,” speculates Schäfer. When he came to Germany in the 1980s, Jones apparently considered Cologne “a city of Hell that was founded by Nero’s mother,” while he thought Germany was “a key country for the supposed Christian revival of Europe,” Schäfer says.

Terry Jones used his powers of persuasion to expand the congregation. By the end, Schäfer estimates, it numbered between 800 and 1,000 people. They had to work in the so-called “Lisa Jones Houses,” charitable institutions named after his first wife who has since died, under very poor conditions.

Increasingly Radical

Jones became increasingly radical as the years went by, former associates say. At one point he wanted to help a homosexual member to “pray away his sins.” Later he began to increasingly target Islam in his sermons. A congregation member reported that some members were afraid to attend services because they expected to be attacked by Muslims. “Terry Jones has a talent for finding topical social issues and seizing on them for his own cause,” says Schäfer.

By the end of 2007, the community had had enough. Members confronted him and tried to change the direction of the church. But Terry Jones refused to make changes, they say. In the end, Jones, his wife and their fellow preachers were expelled from the church and he moved back to the US. “The community imploded,” says Schäfer. It only has some 80 active members today.

Now the whole world is condemning Jones for his planned burning of copies of the Koran. Schäfer, for his part, sees Jones as a fanatic who is courting global media attention because he couldn’t cope with the “immense loss of power and significance.”

A Christian cult’s plan to mark September 11 by burning the Koran has triggered official condemnations reflecting Washington’s fear that it will fuel the growing opposition to the US occupation of Afghanistan: here.

US lobbyists behind the rabidly right-wing Tea Party group crossed the pond to London on Wednesday on the invitation of Taxpayers’ Alliance: here.

A short time ago, US right-wing pundit Glenn Beck started out as a none-too-successful morning DJ with a bare education who hadn’t a thought about politics. He loved to party and was a mean-tempered, self-centred cocaine addict: here.

Glenn Beck May Be a Clown — But the Shady Right-Wingers Who Pull His Strings Are Dangerous: here.

For someone like Glenn Beck, who tries (and fails) to walk the line between conspiracy theorism and legitimate history, encountering anti-Semitic cranks is unavoidable. This puts him in the somewhat comic situation of having to carefully weed out the bigoted aspects of already disreputable theories, and then trying to convince everyone that he’s a historian, and not a lunatic: here.

Mediated Racism: Orientalism, Birtherism, and the Muslim Community Center: here.

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  1. http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/911-manhattan-time-confront-racists

    This 9/11 in Manhattan: A Time to Confront the Racists
    Wed, 09/08/2010 – 10:49 — Glen Ford

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    “Saturday, September 11, lower Manhattan is the right time and place to respond, not just to mounting provocations from the white nationalists of the Tea Party, but to those “mainstream” politicians, including Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who have made disastrous concessions to the forces of racism.”
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    Not since the massive Klu Klux Klan marches of the 1920s have white nationalists strutted their stuff so proudly. The “media-validated” Tea Partyers are on a roll, and are even getting physical with Black folks in lower Manhattan, where they plan a national rally on 9/11. The anti-racist opposition will also be out in strength, in solidarity with Muslims and, hopefully, to strongly encourage white supremacists to find someplace else to gather.

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Most days, there are lots of better things for progressives to do than follow the Tea Party around. The largely media-made “movement” already gets outsized attention, drawing cameras, as author Paul Street says, any time one hundred white guys gather at a car dealership in suburban Chicago. The NAACP and Al Sharpton seek to circle Black wagons around Barack Obama’s corporate White House by pointing to the Tea Party, rather than Wall Street’s death spiral economy, Black mass incarceration and Obama’s wars, as the gravest danger to Black America. The Tea Party can be a huge diversion, an excuse to avoid confronting real power.

    But Saturday, September 11, lower Manhattan is the right time and place to respond, not just to mounting provocations from the white nationalists of the Tea Party, but to those “mainstream” politicians, including Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who have made disastrous concessions to the forces of racism.

    Every utterance that urges organizers of the Cordoba House, a proposed community center with room for prayer, to respect the “sensitivities” (or, sometimes, “sensibilities”) of Muslim-haters, represents a great leap backward in U.S. history, to a time when the typical white American believed Blacks should not attempt to integrate neighborhoods and schools that did not want them. Such intrusions on white turf and hearth, although conceded as possibly within Black people’s legal rights, were deemed grossly “insensitive” to the feelings of whites. The onus was on the Black intruder, whose legal rights were morally trumped by white people’s right to be unmolested by the repugnant and scary presence of Negroes.

    “‘Mainstream’ politicians, including Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have made disastrous concessions to the forces of racism.”

    There is not an iota of difference between such Thirties-, Forties- and Fifties-era attitudes, and Sen. Reid’s judgment that Cordoba House “should be built some place else.” Reid, of Nevada, fits right in with the 67 percent of New Yorkers surveyed in a recent New York Times poll who said the “mosque” planners should find “a less controversial location” — that is, someplace that, theoretically, wouldn’t upset the Muslim-haters.

    Cleverer politicians question the “wisdom” of being Muslim in certain places. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” said President Obama, back-peddling from earlier declarations of Muslim’s absolute right to worship two blocks from the former World Trade Center. The onus remains on the Muslim, whose judgment and “wisdom” are in doubt, rather than the racist, who comes in for no such critique (Obama doesn’t believe in racists or ghosts of Mississippi).

    Anti-Muslim hysteria — which is really anti-people of color hysteria — seems to have acted as a time machine, transporting the nation back two, three or more generations. But of course, there are no time machines, and we are forced us to recognize that much of the vaunted racial “progress” (in white attitudinal changes) of the past half-century never actually occurred, or simply sloughed off like old skin.

    “We are forced us to recognize that much of the vaunted racial ‘progress’ (in white attitudinal changes) of the past half-century never actually occurred.”

    September 11, 2001, marked the end of an era that had seemed to have been marked by great progress in fighting racial profiling — or, at least, in making the practice disrespectable. Even Republican politicians denounced racial profiling as unacceptable and “un-American.” Morally and legally, Blacks and Latinos had won significant victories against the profilers — rare good news in the criminal justice arena. Then the Twin Towers came down, and profiling was instantaneously back with a vengeance, as if decades of work had never happened. Clearly, whatever changes occurred in most white people’s minds during the pre-9/11 era must have been ephemeral. Now, the other racist shoe is dropping, as the media-validated Tea Party white nationalists plant their racist flag in downtown Manhattan, with a national rally scheduled to prevent the “Islamicization of America.”

    The term that is actually on their minds is “Niggerization,” since the home-grown model of white American racism remains relentlessly operative and is the only kind these crackers can actually navigate. That’s why a thirtyish Black man was surrounded a few weeks ago by white thugs at the Tea Party’s lower Manhattan outpost, presumably because his hat and shirt appeared. . . Muslimish. It turned out the non-Muslim, African American passerby was a construction worker at Ground Zero.

    To be frank about it, the Tea Party, and racists in general, need to be put back in their place — at least in Manhattan, where that can theoretically be accomplished.

    The Emergency Mobilization Against Racism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry rally begins at 1:pm Saturday, September 11, at City Hall, and then marches to the Muslim community center site a few blocks away. Over a hundred organizations and individuals have endorsed the event, including lots of Black ones. Bring energy and anger.

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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  2. Group to counter Koran burning

    United States: A Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group announced plans yesterday to distribute 200,000 Koran to replace what it says are 200 copies an obscure Florida church plans to burn in a protest against “radical Islam.”

    Despite criticism from US top brass that the vile stunt will serve to endanger the lives of troops in Afghanistan, Dove World Outreach Centre pastor Terry Jones said he will make a bonfire of the books on the anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks.

    At a press conference in Washington The Council on American-Islamic Relations unveiled a Learn, Don’t Burn initiative including educational activities planned for the weekend.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/95036

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