Quran Burning Pastor Learned Everything He Knows About Muslims from YouTube

CBS News has quotes from a deposition in which Pastor Terry Jones of the loony Dove World Outreach Center unapologetically states that he learned everything he needs to know about sharia law from YouTube videos.

A deposition obtained by CBS News from a court case last month raises question about how much Pastor Jones even knows about his controversial cause.

According to the deposition, Jones and his wife learned much of what they know about Sharia Law - the sacred law of the Muslim religion - by watching videos on YouTube.

“Do you know where Sharia law came from?” Jones is asked.

“Not really, no,” he replies, “I think there’s experts that say it came from the old Mosaic law. But no.”

Attorneys also asked Jones how many Muslims he knows personally.

“I don’t think I know any personally,” he says, “I haven’t interviewed any.” Jones also says he has not attended any interfaith discussions and that he believes that such discussions are part of “our problem.”

UPDATE at 9/8/10 2:57:03 pm:

Spiegel Online has some information on Terry Jones’s evangelical church in Cologne, Germany, from which he was expelled in 2009: Terry Jones Accused of ‘Spiritual Abuse’ at Cologne Church.

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.

Andrew Schäfer, a Protestant Church official responsible for monitoring sects in the region where Cologne is located, confirmed the accounts. “Terry Jones is a fundamentalist,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Both major churches in Germany have “sect commissioners” who monitor the activities of religious groups, sects and cults. Although they are obviously not totally impartial, the officials’ findings are usually considered to be trustworthy.

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.

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