Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who’s drawn criticism and death threats for his highly-publicized public burnings of the Quran, has erected a gallows on the lawn of his church with a hanged effigy of President Barack Obama. Jones claims the display is a response to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage, his stance on abortion, and his “appeasing of radical Islam.”
When asked if he had any concerns about the message he was sending in “lynching” a black President, Jones told The Pulp:
“We are not looking at him as a black man. He is not black; he is not white; he is the president of the United States,” he said. “And the noose, of course, was to represent the death of his presidency and political career. Not at all to represent his race… His race has absolutely nothing to do with it.”
He also insists the display is not a death threat, but says he understands why the FBI has contacted him twice regarding the effigy.
Apparently, the stunt is part of Jones’ strategy to run for President. (They’ve even included photos of the display as part of their official campaign press releases!) In a recent YouTube video discussing his candidacy, Jones says:
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.
Is anyone actually buying Jones’ explanation that there’s no racial component to the message he’s sending (especially when he refuses to use the President’s first name)? Or that this could be reasonably construed as anything other than a death threat?
Photo credit: Stand Up America Now Press Release