Florida Pastor Terry Jones' Latest Stunt Tied To Attacks In Egypt and Libya, Where U.S. Ambassador Killed

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Violent outbursts against the U.S. tore through Libya and Egypt last night, with protestors in Cairo scaling the embassy walls and tearing down an American flag and armed militiamen in Benghazi attacking a consultate and killing the U.S. ambassador and three other diplomats.

Florida's hate-mongering pastor Terry Jones, of course, played a role in sparking the violence.

Update: Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, called Jones this afternoon to withdraw his support for the video that sparked the violence

Initially, the New York Times and other outlets reported that the violence was set off by Jones' latest stunt: proclaiming Sept. 11 as "International Judge Muhammad Day."

But the latest reports this morning say Jones was only a peripheral player in sparking the riots, which appear to have been primarily fueled by an amateurish anti-Islamic film produced by a California real estate developer.

That film, called "The Innocence of Muslims," depicts the Prophet Muhammad having sex and jokes about his ignorance. The film was made by Sam Bacile, a virulently anti-Islamic activist who made the piece after collecting $5 million.

There is a tie to Jones, the central-Florida pastor who sparked his own bloody riots in Afghanistan after promoting a "Burn a Koran Day" at his church and has more recently hung Obama in effigy.

The video's trailer only came to light in Egypt and then Libya, the New York Times reports, because a Coptic Egyptian-American activist included the video in a post and a newsletter promoting Jones' latest publicity stunt.

Jones initially seemed unaware of the film, the Times writes, but then quickly sent an email praising it for "reveal(ing) in a satirical light the life of Muhammad."

The attacks in Libya have devastated the American diplomatic core. The State Department confirmed this morning that among the four diplomats killed was Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to the nation.

"Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi," President Obama said in a statement this morning that also condemned the "cowardly" attacks.

Update 1: New Times caught up with Jones at his Gainesville church this morning; he refused to apologize supporting the video.

Update 2: The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has called Jones to ask him to withdraw his support for the video. Gen. Martin Dempsey told the pastor could lead to more violence, the AP reports

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32 comments
Jenny Sanchez
Jenny Sanchez

So a video comes out that the mudslimes don't like so what big deal, these people are nothing more than a bunch of backward living savages they deserve everything that they get and I am glad the world is getting better educated about these individuals

Chef Gustavo
Chef Gustavo

Why does the media give this fucking guy attention!!?!!?!?!?!?!?! FUCK THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!

sdholmes2000
sdholmes2000

I think throwing stones is useless, in this case.  It is the climate of hate that is to blame, in general and the ignorance of those who equate all muslims with muslim terrorists (who are evil) There are offensive and violent acts depicted and approved of in the bible (many in Leviticus) and anyone could use that to say that Christianity is a violent religion, just as the people who are against muslims quote the Koran.  We need to call for tolerance from all sides.  I think "free speech" that incites violence should not be allowed.  There are limits to "free speech" in a civilized society with so many impressionable imbalanced people who might be swept up in the hate.  We saw this in Germany in WW2 and we see elements of this in the current right wing in the US today.

tweetbysweet
tweetbysweet

@carrieinco Terry Jones has blood on his hands and should be held accountable.

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

Talk about extreme.... What even happened to "love They Neighbor"?

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

Talk about extreme.... What even happened to "love They Neighbor"?

yoyobaba
yoyobaba

@NJedwina Perhaps time to get serious about Terry Jones' hate speak.

IronFalcon77
IronFalcon77

@MiamiNewTimes Fighting Islam and criticizing it for murder is not irresponsible, but the duty of all Americans offended by Islam itself.

b_joseph01
b_joseph01

@MiamiNewTimes RT, like islamic countries do not produce blasphemous things about America all the time. We call it freedom of speech!!

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Maybe it's because we have a President that inherited a war on terror so he really didn't do anything about that ? So why expect anything in Libya ?

Sharon Wilson Dass
Sharon Wilson Dass

People have gone to jail for less. How is it this dude is not doing time?

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

I don't really see a direct correlation between the two events, unless we have rioters on camera saying "this is because of that stupid American video!"

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

I think there's enough blame to go around to everyone involved

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

You are right.

 

When we will wake up to the fact that it is the freedom of speech that is the greatest threat to our security.

 

There is a term for people like the New Times.........."Useful Idiots"

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

Worst thing ever created is religion....ijs

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

Worst thing ever created is religion....ijs

Sam Wright
Sam Wright

New Times, your post is misleading

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

I get you don't like the guy, but I think it's kind of stupid to try to justify the deeds, don't you think?

Allie Lopez-Cuadra
Allie Lopez-Cuadra

Why do you make it sound like if he sparked everything? People have a choice over their actions. Many people insult Christianity and God and you don't see people burning down buildings and killing innocent people. Stop giving people excuses!!! If people want to act uncivilized and violent then that is their own ignorance.

Adrian Rivera
Adrian Rivera

We need ninjas again. Ninjas to take care of all the problems that are OBVIOUSLY a detriment to humanity.

Raul Rln
Raul Rln

Can anybody give Al Qaeda this assholes address!?

Raul Rln
Raul Rln

Can anybody give Al Qaeda this assholes address!?

Bebep
Bebep

Bin Laden maybe? You know he's dead right?

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

 @BebepReally, when did he die again ? What do you base that on ? The best seller that took a year to wirte and release ? Maybe he was dead long before and since nobody had heard from him since Bush, guess it was time to find and kill him finally ? I mean we have more evidence released for the Kennedy assassination than we do Bin Laden's death. I mean every other noteworthy terrorist gets a gallery to view ? I love it, hearing that "it's not what we're about ?", we only went to war to get him, made him public enemy #1, we put a $ 25 million bounty on his head. All those hundreds of billions/trillions on a war on terror and we can't even get a polaroid, errr an iPhone picture ?

 

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