Interred knightPastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida — the childish moron who wants to celebrate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by burning copies of the Qur’an, as I’ve blogged a couple times already — turns out to have had some trouble back when he was living in Germany. (Surprised? I’m not. Childish cretins like him usually leave a trail of problems behind as they go through their pitiful, sorry lives.) Germany’s Der Spiegel reports on what they’ve found about his time there (WebCite cached version):

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.” …

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.

One of the persons interviewed by Der Spiegel was Andrew Shäfer, a Protestant church official who was responsible for monitoring religious activity in the Cologne region. He had quite a bit to say about the juvenile Pastor Jones:

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. …

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.

What Germany wouldn’t deal with any more, the people of the US, especially Gainesville, must now accept. What a wonderful creature this guy is.

Photo credit: Sarcasticalious.

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