Secret Service Investigating Terry Jones for Hanging Effigy of Obama Outside Gainesville Church

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UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: We just finished an exclusive interview with Jones.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: The Secret Service is investigating  Pastor Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center for hanging a dummy of President Barack Obama outside of its church.

"The Secret Service is aware of this incident and will conduct appropriate follow-up," said spokesman Brian Leary.

A spokeswoman for the church confirmed the effigy is real and passed on numerous news releases for Jones' newest movement, "Stand Up America," including one that bore the headline "Terry Jones on Obama -- Hang 'Em High."
It says Jones will be holding a news conference today to announce his candidacy for president and an included YouTube video includes Jones saying, "We have chosen to hang President Obama as a symbol of what America needs to do. We must remove him; we must vote him out of office."

A photograph sent to the Pulp shows the gallows in front of the church, though an Uncle Sam effigy is hanging, with the Obama dummy holding a gay pride flag next to it. A photograph from the Smoking Gun shows Obama hanging in a noose with Uncle Sam standing by.
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courtesy Stand Up Now America
"President Obama is killing our nation. We have hung Uncle Sam to represent that," Jones said, in a YouTube video posted Wednesday:
President Obama's policies on same-sex marriage, his policies on abortion, President Obama has no problem killing babies. He has no problem supporting radical Islam, he has no problem supporting and giving financial support to the Muslim Brotherhood...

It is time for the United States to stand up. It is why we have chosen the hanging of Uncle Sam to represent how Hussein Obama is destroying our nation. And 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's time for us to stand up.

It is time again for America to become America, for us to hold our government accountable, for us to resist, for us to send a very clear message to Washington, D.C. and President Obama... That is why we have chosen to hang President Obama as a symbol of what America needs to do. We must remove him, we must vote him out of office.
Original post, 1:25 p.m.:
Everybody's favorite Qur'an-burning Florida pastor has found a new way to bolster his hard-fought title of Biggest Asshole in the State: He's gone and hanged the president.

Apparently getting antsy from a lack of publicity about its crushing ignorance and stupidity, Pastor Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center now features a gallows with a Barack Obama dummy hanging above American and gay pride flags, according to the Smoking Gun.

Jones, along with his mustache and followers, was last in the news last March, when they set a kerosene-soaked Qur'an on fire during a church service after threatening to have a whole Qur'an-burning event in late 2010 that was canceled after the State Department asked Jones to please not cause an international incident by being such a monster idiot.

"At no time did we say we were anti-Muslim," Jones told the Pulp. "We tried to make it very clear that we were not against Muslims. We were aiming that action, which we said many times, towards the radical element of Islam... In that sense, we are not against Muslims."

(It must be in another sense, then, that Jones is hocking "Islam is of the devil" sportswear on his website.)

In any case, that ingenious message of moderation didn't make it to Afghanistan, where, after Jones' burning, a mob killed ten people.

And now he's directed his Jackass Diplomacy Tour a little closer to home.

The Secret Service is aware of the report; waiting for a call back.


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AmericanMorning
AmericanMorning


If burning an effigy of the President (no matter who that President is at the time) is illegal by virtue of being a threat of violence; how is burning an American flag not illegal as a threat of insurrection?

This Secret Service action is more about intimidation than protecting the President.

The SS (odd that the agency shares that that initial with Hitlers Schutzstaffel) should be summarilly sued for violation of Rev. Terrys' First Amendment right, and investigated for not investigating those who burn the American flag.

The inconsistency exposes their actions as attacks on the Fundamental Rights (Legal term for an absolute right that supersedes law without changing the Constitution) of Americans.

David Myers
David Myers

I notice that many are upset with this story. Would you be upset if he was bashing republicans for not standing up for gay people or abortions for everyone. I really doubt it. But since he is standing upon the Bible, he can expect to be hated. Oh it is not hate this time. Its only when you disagree with abortion or gays that hate is brought up.

Seven
Seven

In the end, the point is obama... OUT! . . .  If the effigy fits wear it, at least something will fulfill the inner dwellings of nothingness..GO.. please just go. We have no chance otherwise.

Poetslane
Poetslane

Very Christian of this ignorant bigot

Jhc38401
Jhc38401

Wasn't there a law which removed a tax exempt status from churches making political statements?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

That's why it's best to believe in Satan...  Much easier of me... I cut out the middle man (god), his PR guy (Jesus), and his sales people (priests).

David Hyland
David Hyland

Anyone who lives in a diverse environment, had a good civics teacher or reads good, political non-fiction understands the symoblism and the message this horrible person is sending: that lynching is a legitimate way of getting rid of black men who might end up more powerful than white men.  Take away his church's tax exemption.  It's not a church.  It's a think tank on how best to kill a president.  I don't care if Muslims burn bibles and have no control over methods of killing (including stoning) in the Middle East.  If we justify our racism by pointing the finger at less developed nations, we lose our humanity and any claim to being a civilized society.

David Hyland
David Hyland

Anyone who lives in a diverse environment, had a good civics teacher or reads good, political non-fiction understands the symoblism and the message this horrible person is sending: that lynching is a legitimate way of getting rid of black men who might end up more powerful than white men.  Take away his church's tax exemption.  It's not a church.  It's a think tank on how best to kill a president.  I don't care if Muslims burn bibles and have no control over methods of killing (including stoning) in the Middle East.  If we justify our racism by pointing the finger at less developed nations, we lose our humanity and any claim to being a civilized society.

TallTanBarbie
TallTanBarbie

Between 1882 and 1930 there were twenty-one recorded lynchings in Alachua County, Florida and eighteen in nearby Colombia County to the north of Gainesville and twenty-two in Marion County to the south (source: http://www.anthroyeti.com/api/fl_lynch.html). The Rosewood Massacre -- one of the worst racial pogroms in American history -- took place in adjoining Levy County to the west. The sick and twisted legacy of man-made "strange fruit" hanging from trees born of hate and racism is well known in central Florida. We have freedom of speech in this country. We have a tradition of lively and raucous political discourse. Hanging an effigy of a mixed-race black man who is the first African-American President of the United States is not just playing with fire -- it's disgusting. This isn't funny.

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