Hate Religion Rears Its Ugly Head Again as Obama Hung in Effigy

Just when you thought it was safe to go to church, this pops up:

I am an atheist and a person of color and I find this photo extremely offensive. Blacks used to be hanged for being black and Pastor Terry Jones of Florida Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida, dredged up a past that is shameful and violent. Still, is this part and parcel of a religion of the past and is Jones fulfilling the Judeo-Christian belief?

Kill those who are not Christian or Jewish:

You must kill those who worship another god.  Exodus 22:20

Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own.  Deuteronomy 13:6-10

Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you.  Deuteronomy 13:12-16

Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own.  Deuteronomy 17:2-7

Kill anyone who refuses to listen to a priest. Deuteronomy 17:12-13

Kill any false prophets. Deuteronomy 18:20

Any city that doesn’t receive the followers of Jesus will be destroyed in a manner even more savage than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Mark 6:11

Jude reminds us that God destroys those who don’t believe in him.  Jude 5


Apparently, Jones is following the will of god.

Kill People Who Don't Listen to Priests

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)


Kill Witches
    You should not let a sorceress live.  (Exodus 22:17 NAB)


Kill Homosexuals
    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives."  (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)


Kill Fortunetellers
    A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)


Death for Hitting Dad
    Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.  (Exodus 21:15 NAB)


Death for Cursing Parents
    1) If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness.  (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)

    2) All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense.  (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)


Death for Adultery
    If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.  (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)


Death for Fornication
    A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.  (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)


Death to Followers of Other Religions
    Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed.  (Exodus 22:19 NAB)


Kill Nonbelievers
    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)


Kill False Prophets
    If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord."  When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through.  (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)


Jones is following his god to a tee. Just like the God hates F-gs folks, he is following the commands of a god that promotes hatred, violence, rape, murder, and other form of disdain to please a jealous god that would not tolerate free-thinking. Yet through his religious facade, Jones is allowed to speak his trash, all the while not having to pay taxes. No, not Jones, but his tax write off: Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida.

We are picking up his facade's corporate tab so he could spread his sickness. According http://hushmoney.org, LBJ gave churches non-profit staus so long as they are not political. 501c3 churches are prohibited from addressing, in any tangible way, the vital issues of the day.  For a 501c3 church to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to, anything that the government declares "legal," even if it is immoral (e.g. abortion, homosexuality, etc.), that church will jeopardize its tax exempt status.

Titus 3:1

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work

So Jones know that by preaching politics at the pulpit would only lead to losing his 501(c)(3) status and if you're willing to end Jones' tax-free terror, contact Congress:

Contacting Congress

Here is the main number for Congress – the Senate and House – in Washington, DC:

202 225-3121

Toll-free numbers, sponsored by a variety of sources, come and go, so this list may not be current (although we try to update it often).

If you find dead numbers here, or know of numbers we could/should add, drop an email to thom at thomhartmann.com.


Pressure your member of Congress to end Jones' law breaking and silence the political hatred. No, it's not a right to promote political hate speech under the guise of a religious organization and not paying corporate tax. It's a priviledge to have these tax breaks, and Jones must be submissive of the authority that his god command him and all the christians to follow…unless he knows that religion is a scam and couldn't care less?

Photo courtesy of Loonwatch.com

26 Replies to “Hate Religion Rears Its Ugly Head Again as Obama Hung in Effigy”

  1. At this moment, I don’t recall if it is the Florida or the Federal statutes that call this kind of noosing a crime, but the Rev. Terror Jones has committed one. Furthermore, this represents an assassination threat against a sitting President and a symbolic advocacy for others to do the same. Sarah Palin and her crosshairs, Ted Nugent and his statement, skirted the forbidden territory. Terror Jones has crossed it. It’s time to throw the book at him.

  2. The old testament is exactly that-old. Our Lord Jesus started a whole new testament of love and acceptance-which ruled out all the old books. But the Catholic church decided one fine day what to include in the bible so they could keep in power.
    Jesus,I don’t think,would go for any of this negativity.
    Love thy neighbor as thyself-period.

  3. Southern baptist convention uses it(old testament) as well. Its just as relevant in most religions as the new is.

  4. What you say is true but you neglected to add that Jesus was born a Jew, lived his life as a Jew and died as a Jew.
    He never preached killing anyone. His message was love and brotherhood.

  5. The Extremist HATERS use "religion" to hide behind.   It's the gathering of the worst scourge of rabid, insane beings so they can all ooze their toxic venom on our Planet Earth.
    There should be a law for such suggestion of violence to our President.  I didn't even like it when that was done to ol bush.

  6. I'm not going to verify all of those quotes but if that citation of Mark 6:11 is from the version of Bible Mr. Jones uses I'd like to know what translation as it is nowhere near the two translations I have.The quotations I have are in agreement and say;and if the people of some placewill not welcome you,and they refuse to hearyou,then,as you leave,shake the dust from your feet as a warning to them.

  7. I would add that he also taught justice and mercy, and non-violent resistance.
    He was, admittedly, not too friendly or kind to the rich (who like today's 1%, were driven by greed and caused the misery of the poor).
    I'd also add that he echoed a good portion of the OT, which has a suprisingly large amount of economic justice in it (especially the prophets).

  8. The only good thing I can say about this is it suggests that Jones isn't moving into our area (maybe within a couple of miles of us) like I'd heard he might.
    Maybe also people at the top will start taking the dominionists seriously.  This sort of stuff is very familiar… he's a bit more brazen than most, but the language is the same.  He did go too far this time, and I'm not sure what he did could be defended  by the first amendment.
    I will rejoice if he ends up in prison.  Maybe he'll learn something that will make him reject the evil path he's on, but I won't hold my breath.

  9. Actually, that sounds rather dominionist in itself – they HATE the RC church and I've also heard claims about negating the OT.  The situation was far more complex than the Roman Catholic hierarchy making such a decision… it involved the Emperor of Rome, and LOTS of politics.  Considering the time and place it might be better to say that the Trinitarian Christians won, and all other religions (including other forms of Christianity) lost.
    You could even say that a narrow range of Trinitarian Bishops won.
    There is a good video about that time put out by National Geographic, I recommend it (their standards of scholarship are about as good as you'll find in videos).  http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/full-episodes/mysteries-of-the-bible-1/ngc-rivals-of-jesus/
    It's pretty good.

  10. Mr. Woodbury — The passage beginning with "Truly I say to you" is omitted from several versions of Mark.  The American King James version has this:
    Mark 6:11 – And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart there, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

  11. Very nice artilce. It is also a subject I have written about from several angles. All this hate is destroying the political process and the spirit of neighborliness which was once hailed in the US and was a major part of the Christian faith. 
    I recently looked into the possible violations to the 501(c) tax status by other so called charity organizations and by religious groups. It's really time to put a stop this travesty because there is, by my reckoning 1% religion and 99% fascist/racist politics with most of those groups.
    I have tried to give as much information as I could find/understand. The most surprising thing is that it only takes one clear violation to the IRS rules for a group to lose its status. But it take the public to call attention to the violations too. 
    Loophole: Questions about the 501(c) Tax Exemption  http://bit.ly/MujbrE

  12. I just want to know how to send this article and picture to the Secret Service. This supposed minister of G-d is threatening the sitting President with lynching. This can't be tolerated. This can't be winked at. This can't be forgotten when the news cycle rolls over. This is heinous and it is treason. 

  13. I strongly suggest that there be a series of investigative articles on the subject of incitement to stochastic terrorism. This incident strengthens my conviction that there is an overarching plan to incite pre-election, election day, and post-election violence. I further believe that if the results are not to the right wing’s liking, we are going to see a consurgency movement. I hope I’m wrong.

  14. What I want to know is this; why can't these people get over the fact that Jesue "dropped" them when he died?
    This is whole "he's coming back!" is a sick version of "my ex will come back someday and I'm in permanent ritual preperation/never change a thing mode 'cuz ya' never know…." It's sick!! He ain't comin' back…he's moved on, people, get a life…and if he did come back, we'll make a nice brisket, inviting him over for a nosh and do some catching up, but, until then, move on already…it's over…he ain't coming back and people who believe this fairy tale need a lot of professional counseling.

  15. Actually, during the 2008 election, a guy in West Hollywood had an effigy of Sarah Palin hanged. Of course the lefties in WeHo (LGBTQs) were laughing, but outside of the neighborhood, there were complaints…even as far as Japan: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/rc20081102a3.html. There was an arrest in Kentucky when two men hanged an effigy of Senator Obama. The difference? Tey were charged with disorderly conduct. When Palin was running for the POTUS. she had every protection much like the POTUS. Yet the effigy was a Halloween prank and there were no intent of doing harm to Palin

  16. Actually, belonging to one of those churches CAN hurt.
    You're expected to be in church when the doors are open.  They also seem to delight in forcing people to be miserable… pushing people who aren't interested in marriage together and "encouraging" (coercing them) to marry, while preventing a lonely single person from finding dates, for instance.
    Often you are exhausted, from the round of church… work… bible reading… "good deeds", etc.  The more tired you are, the more they seem to push things at you.  If things go wrong, they blame you (your sins have found you out!), and they expect a slap on the forehead to cure anything and if it doesn't, you're holding onto secret sins or your disability/illness/problem.  If you express grief at the things you're under, they demand to know if you want a "Pity Party" and get insulting.
    That's pretty painful.

  17. Actually, the effigy started when the racists hanged Asians, blacks, Irish…so yeah, it started and didn't seem to end

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