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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-08-10 06:59 PM
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46. More on this guy that I posted at another thread
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,716409...



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."

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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.

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Former church members are still undergoing therapy as a result of "spiritual abuse," Schfer said. According to Schfer, Jones urged church members to beat their children with a rod and also taught "a distinctive demonology" and conducted brainwashing.

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