Some facts about the church and the pastor:
- Dove World Outreach lost its tax-exemption for a time due to the fact that the pastor ran a furniture business out of its location.
- “Its property has served as a sometime storage site for Jones’ furniture business, a violation of Dove’s tax-exempt status that was punished with a county fine and partial loss of nonprofit standing, The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported. Jones previously founded a small church in Germany, the Christian Community of Cologne, and was accused by his daughter and a former church elder of using donations to enrich himself, the Sun reported.”
- “[Jones] says he was given the diploma by the California Graduate School of Theology, an obscure school that boasts on its Web site that it’s so independent, it has never been accredited. In 2002, Jones was convicted by a Cologne administrative court of falsely using the title and was fined $3,800, German media reported.”
- “During Academy you are not allowed to visit family members or friends or receive visitors…family occasions like weddings, funerals, and Birthdays are no exception to this rule.”
In other words, a church that has (a) lost its tax-exempt status for selling furniture (b) has a pastor ordained over the internet and (c) does not practice grace or forgiveness with rigid isolationism…this location represents Christianity and America to the international Muslim world? Ugh.
The Qur’an burners no more represent Christianity than the 9/11 terrorists represent Islam.