We all know that the deranged “Pastor” Terry Jones of the ironically named Dove Outreach Ministries of Gainesville, FL wants to burn the Koran on September 11th , and we remember that the church put a “No Homo Mayor” sign in front of their church earlier this year to protest the election of Mayor Craig Lowe. But Jones, has a record of scandal in the nation of Germany that got him ousted from practicing there. Jones 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.”
“At one point he wanted to help a homosexual member to pray away his sins,” report the former members. This may not sound shocking or even strange to Americans because we have become accustomed to such religious schemes. In Germany however, civil unions have been the law of the land since 2001 and gays are allowed to openly serve in the military. Even the mayor of Berlin is openly gay. It is in this context that congregants found Jones behavior to be “radical” and that he suffered from a “delusional personality”.
Jones also began his crusade against Islam in Germany. It was his actions in this regard which lead to a severe loss of congregants, forcing the preacher to try his luck in the United States instead. (Lucky us.)
In a statement issued last Wednesday, Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Germany’s Central Council of Jews, said Jones’ recent stunt planned for 9/11 was “a terrible and repulsive” idea 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.
Jones is a repulsive dangerous megalomaniac and needs to be treated with and dealt with as such.