The page cannot be found - Dove World Outreach Center's former Web siteNeocrusading Pastor Terry Jones and his Dove World Outreach Center has been taken off the World Wide Web by their hosting provider. Reuters reports on their “going off the grid” (WebCite cached article):

The obscure Christian pastor who plans to mark the ninth anniversary of September 11 attacks by burning copies of the Koran has had his website pulled from the Internet, the hosting company said on Thursday.

Dan Goodgame, a spokesman for popular web host Rackspace Hosting, said two websites operated by the Dove World Outreach Center, the tiny Gainesville, Florida church run by pastor Terry Jones, were shut down late on Wednesday. …

Goodgame said Dove World Outreach Center had violated “hate speech” provisions of its contract with Rackspace.

“What we did was to terminate them as a Rackspace customer because they had violated the contract,” Goodgame said.

Before anyone complains that Jones and his outfit had their First Amendment rights violated … Rackspace is a private company with which Jones and his group had a contract. The First Amendment applies to government censorship of free speech; it has nothing to do with individuals or businesses. Moreover, Jones and Dove World had a contract with Rackspace, which they entered into voluntarily, but which they violated nonetheless. Such contract provisions aren’t unusual for Web hosting providers; most do not want to carry the venom of “hate sites,” and since they’re private companies entitled to do business as they wish, this is their right.

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