Les Carpenter III
The Reverend of The Gainesville Florida church that was going to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, 2010 may be eccentric and over the top. To say he is "mad" as his daughter claims is also over the top.
Here, the complete write up from REUTERS, another bastion of progressive liberal thought.
The estranged daughter of a U.S. pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media interview conducted on Friday.
Emma Jones, who lives in Germany, told Spiegel Online she had e-mailed her father urging him to drop his plan to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, writing: "Dad, leave it be!"
He did not reply, she said.
Facing an outpouring of concern from U.S. leaders and anger from Muslims worldwide, Pastor Terry Jones, of Gainesville, Florida, said on Friday he no longer planned to burn the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
But Jones appeared to leave open the possibility he could change his mind if a proposed meeting fails to take place on Saturday in New York with Muslim leaders planning to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of the September 11 attacks.
"My father is not one to give up," said Emma Jones, 30. "As a daughter, I see the good-natured core inside him. But I think he needs help."
"I think he has gone mad," she added.
She described how a Christian community her father spent years building in Cologne, Germany was at first Bible-orientated but later changed. After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become sect-like.
"I saw that my father preached and did things that I didn't find biblical at all. He demanded total allegiance to himself and his second wife," she said. His first wife, her mother, died in 1996.
"That was real religious delusion I saw," she added. "Typical evidence of a sect."
Emma Jones said the community kicked out her father in 2008, when he returned to the United States.
"I really hope he comes to his senses," she said.
When will America, the nation that without question is one of the most tolerant of nations begin to understand the very values of our Republic are under attack? Attack not only from the outside, but from internal sources as well?
The Reverend Jones was wrong with his plan to burn the Koran. However, Every American, as well as all liberty loving individual throughout the world ought to be asking themselves what it is that drives the hate of the Arabic Islamic world toward the west.
If ever the west takes the time to do so it may find the answer,and in doing so may wake up to the realities that freedom and liberty are an anathema to the Islamic doctrine.
Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel.