Terry Jones Unapologetic After Libyan Violence, Calls Muhammad "Mentally Ill"

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photo by Mark Taylor, via Wikimedia Commons

Hours after four American diplomats died in an attack sparked by an anti-Islamic video he has promoted, Florida pastor Terry Jones was in no mood to apologize. 

In an interview with New Times inside his Gainesville-area church this morning, Jones railed against Obama and Islam, even calling Muhummad "mentally ill."

Jones greeted us at his Gainesville compound -- which still has an effigy of Obama hanging out front, yet is located in a bizarrely residential neighborhood across from some tennis courts -- clad in a Harley T-shirt and jean shorts. A large handgun hung in a holster on his hip.

If Jones felt any strong emotions about the death last night of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi, Libya along with three other diplomats in an attack on the consulate, he didn't show it during the interview.

Instead, he criticized Obama and kept beating his usual drum of anti-Islam messages. Around the same time extremists were attacking the consulate, Jones and his followers were putting Muhammad on "trial" in his church last night.

"We found that Muhammad was mentally ill," Jones says. "His mental condition did, of course, influence his writing of the Koran."

Midway through the interview, Jones' aide told him that Obama might send Marines to Libya after the violence.

(Unlike the deadly riots in Afghanistan last year that were a direct result of Jones' threat to burn Korans, last night's attacks were more tangentially related to the pastor. The video that sparked the latest violence was sent around Egypt in an email about Jones "trial" of Muhammad last night.)

That news unleashed an attack on the president, whom Jones only refers to as "Hussein Obama.

"The guy's just a disaster. He's barely a lawyer, he didn't win any big cases," Jones says. "He's a good talker and a good liar. Let's be honest here. He won the presidential campaign only because he is black."

Jones soon ended our talk. After all, with the horrific violence in Libya and Egypt, he had a long day of media interviews ahead.

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24 comments
jamiemedley
jamiemedley

@nyc_atheists Where have you been? We are at war over this! This world has always been at war over religion.

kickbackattack
kickbackattack

@MiamiNewTimes Does the Miami New Times realize that the movie Muslims are using as an excuse to riot & murder was made by an Egyptian???

Ean Smith
Ean Smith

This is what kills me about the hypocritical American media. On one hand they're saying Terry Jones played a hand in the violence in Libya and Egypt and if such is the case then why continue to give him anymore publicity? Various news media outlets thrive on this type of chaos and madness because negativity and violence sells. It's got nothing to do with free speech. It's all about the Benjamins baby!!!

Myrantz
Myrantz

The world will be more peacefully without gods and their ignorant followers

NJ Gilbert
NJ Gilbert

Religion with self righteousness causes this type of DISASTER!!!

José Manuel
José Manuel

well he is right on that, but he forgets he is just as crazy himself... Say no to religion.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

screw this guy but those people in Libya & Cairo started riots over a Youtube clip. A YouTube clip!!!! The people you should be pointing the finger at is Cairo & Libyan television stations that replayed the video and made it seem like this film that no one in the world knew existed or cared about was the next Avengers blockbuster. Their stupidity trumps Terry's stupidity that trumps the original film makers stupidity.

DemsHateGod
DemsHateGod

@ArabVoicesSpeak @miaminewtimes Those poor peaceful Muslims would've never done this if not for that preacher!

acarvin
acarvin

@ZULU4O1 They just screwed up. Everyone knows what Jones looks like.

windmichael21
windmichael21 topcommenter

tax all religious buildings and all those that make money from this....

acarvin
acarvin

@ZULU4O1 but the caption in the first pic IDs it as jones.

Brian Ringo
Brian Ringo

The man has a right to speak his mind. It is the Libyans that have no right to kill American citizens

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

Well said Anthony. Lets also take all blame off of our foreign policy and the fact we have been all up in the middle east's business for the last 50 years.

Felix L Ricardo
Felix L Ricardo

Extremists of all religions should be launched into the sun whilst the onboard computer repeats "Where is your god now?"

Anthony Cuesta
Anthony Cuesta

Why Should he apologize? Who's in the wrong, Terry Jones, an American practicing his right to free speech in HIS OWN country (Not that I personally agree with him), or the militant extremists that MURDERED our ambassador and American diplomats? Unbelievable that we point finger at this guy. No more Political Correctness, how about we prosecute idiot violent extremists, not AMERICANS. Miami New Times, you are seriously putting the spotlight on this idiot, instead of focusing on the BIGGER problem at hand? You guys SUCK and are extremely bigoted, biased and retarded.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

While this guy is a moron, lets not blame him for the violence caused by some extremists followers of the religion of "peace."

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Let's stop paying attention to this retard.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

I don't agree with most he has to say but I defend his right to say it and those who blame him for the violence are just as guilty as those doing the death and destruction..   Especially those who claim anything Mr Jones has done directly resulted in any violence.

ZULU4O1
ZULU4O1

@acarvin and here http://t.co/wm0d2xMN came up in google image search, a few in there that are same man. My first perhaps not a good choice

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