Qur'an-Burning Pastor Under FBI Investigation for Hanging an Obama Dummy (VIDEO)
By Grace Oshiro - Crossmap On June 12, 2012
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Terry Jones is at it again with a controversial move that has now involved the FBI and President Obama. The controversial pastor, who is famous for burning Qur'ans in protest of "radical Islam," hung a dummy of Obama, Uncle Sam, and a baby doll in a gallows-style construction.
"The Secret Service is aware of this incident and will conduct appropriate follow-up," FBI spokesman Brian Leary said to the New Times' blog, The Pulp.
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According to reports, the hangings are part of a press release entitled: "Terry Jones on Obama: Hang 'Em High." The release included a YouTube video that was publicized on June 6. The video featured each dummy, a rainbow flag, and a banner on a trailer that read: "Obama is Killing America," outside of the Dove Outreach Center. [See Video Below]
"President Obama is killing our nation. We have hung Uncle Sam to represent that. President Obama is lying to our nation," Jones states in the video.
"That is why we have now chosen the hanging of Hussein Obama to represent how the American people must, in a peaceful way, stand up and reject President Obama, reject his anti-American policies. It is time for us to stand up," he continued.
"Along with accusing President Obama of increasing the national deficit and not bringing the troops home, Jones also said one reason for hanging the effigy was due to President Obama's recent support of same-sex marriage as well as his views on abortion, represented by the baby doll," The Christian Post reported.
This whole fiasco is said to be apart of Jones' campaign called, "Stand Up America Now!" in which he hopes to restore the country's moral and ethical perspectives.
Jones is known for his drastic measures. He has caused great controversy with his burnings of the Qur'an as a form of protest, even inciting attention in the Middle East.
In 2010, Jones initiated "International Burn a Koran Day," in which he threatened to burn 200 copies of the Islamic holy book on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
In 2011, Jones conducted "trail of the Quran" at his church, Dove Outreach Center. Ministers participated in burning Qur'ans. Great riots erupted in Afghanistan where objectors to the event even attacked the United Nations Assistance Mission, reportedly killing 10 US staff members.
And even more recently, Jones burned a Qur'an as a protest to the imprisonment of Christian evangelical pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been held by the Iranian government since October 2009. However, Nadarkhani did not find the action helpful or pleasing. He even called it "insulting."
Christians have not found Jones' radical behaviors commendable in Christian-Muslim relations. The American Center for Law and Justice also condemned his action of burning the Qur'an.
"We do not support tactics that desecrate or destroy any religious objects. Such a move is not only ill-advised, but reflects a troubling tactic that will do nothing to secure the release of the pastor (Nadarkhani)," the ACLJ stated, as they have been working on Nadarkhani's case.
Jones is reportedly running for President in the 2012 elections as a "fill in candidate" in the "Stand Up For America Now!" platform.
[Watch Terry Jones' Video Below]