'Papa, Don't Do It'

Terry Jones' daughter says her father needs help
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2010 3:09 PM CDT
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks to the media Friday.   (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
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(Newser) – Add Terry Jones' daughter to the list of those asking him not to burn Korans tomorrow. She wrote him an email saying, "Papa, don't do it," she tells Der Spiegel in Germany. (Recall he used to live and preach there.) He hasn't responded, as she expected. At other points in the interview, she refers to him as "delusioned"—he claimed a direct line to God and compared himself to Moses—and says he "needs help."

As for his Islamaphobia: "It is relatively new," she says. "For years he led a church in Cologne that was, at first, merely Bible oriented, but later it began to have sect-like elements. Just before he left Cologne in 2008 and returned to the US, he began saying that Islam is getting the upper hand and that we can't allow it. But I didn't grow up with this radicalism." The Politics Daily blog of AOL also notes this in play today: Jones was a high school classmate of Rush Limbaugh.

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