Pastor Terry Jones Gets the Death Penalty (In Absentia)

American pastor Terry Jones and seven Coptic Christians have been given the death penalty by an Egyptian court over their part in the anti-Islam film released on the Internet in September which prompted violent protests in a number of Muslim countries.

The Egyptian high court found the defendants guilty of insulting and publicly ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, harming national unity and spreading false information. These so-called offenses are, according to Egyptian law, deserving of capital punishment – except in this case the defendants were all tried in absentia.

Jones, of course, famously lives and preaches in Gainesville, Florida, while the seven Coptic Christians who were also tried by the court, including Egyptian-American Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, who is currently serving a one-year-jail term in Los Angeles, were similarly tried in their absence.

The 13-minute low-budget video they were convicted for, which was produced privately in California, denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. Protests over the video brought several deaths and numerous casualties.

“The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet,” Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman is quoted as saying.

Jones has wasted no time in commenting in typical, derisive fashion. Reports ABC:

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Jones said the ruling “shows the true face of Islam” – one that he views as intolerant of dissent and opposed to basic freedoms of speech and religion.

“We can speak out here in America,” Jones said. “That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism.”

Jones, whose media-hungry antics include his burning of a Koran, footage of which featured in the trial, will in December release another anti-Islam film entitled The Innocent Prophet which claims to shed light on the “dangers” of Islam from an ex-Muslim’s point of view.

Jones also plans to hold a “Burn Obama Day.” Under the title “He doesn’t get a free pass because he’s black: BURN OBAMA DAY, January 19th, 2013 4pm” Jones says the reason for the protest is:

[We protest] in disgust, in civil disobedience, in anger, in hope, in prayer, that the Untied States of America will wake up. We protest in proclamation: I did not vote for him. He must be impeached, removed, because he is a liar, a deceiver, a murderer, he is anti-American, anti-Christ. … America is in dire straights. We are facing economic collapse. We murder, through abortion, thousands of children a day. We promote the perverted LGBT agenda. We appease and support the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam.

While Pastor Jones continues his one man burning crusade, he might consider that while America affirms his right to freedom of speech, Egypt’s 10% who are Christian do not live in a country that gives its people an unfettered right to protest, criticize, ridicule and demean a religion. The Christian minority already faces mistreatment and discrimination, and through his incitement, Pastor Jones may be about to make life for them even harder.

It is also worth pointing out that, with the growing fear of Islamists being put in positions of high authority in Egypt being realized, the potential for suffering will not be symbolic, and Christian citizens’ persecution as a result of Jones’ new film, and the potential international incident this may cause, will not be “in absentia.” Unlike Jones, they will not have America to hide behind.


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Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider6 years ago

Against death penalty!!!!

William R.
William R.6 years ago

Let's tell him he has won a trip to see the Pyramids.

Elizabeth Koenig
Elizabeth Koenig6 years ago

I'm stunned that so many people here are calling for the imprisonment, silencing, and even death of a a person for exercising his First Amendment rights.

I have to add that I am no fan of pastor Terry Jones, who is a yahoo and a homophobe.

But he has never been personally violent, nor has he called for his followers to be violent. Instead, he has noted that extremist Muslims are violent--and then they prove his point by being violent.

He didn't make the film trailer in question, incidentally. That was created by a Coptic-American film maker, and it condemns Islamic violence against the Copts in Egypt, on the model of Muhammed. While this film is very poorly made, there is nothing in the film that is actually incorrect--all incidents come from the texts of Islam--the Qur'an, the Hadith, and the Sira.

The only difference is that he is critical of Muhammed's reported actions, rather than lauding them.

For pointing out violence, the film maker, his colleagues, and a supported were *sentenced to death*.

How can anyone here support that?

Do you really want the most violent people in the world delineating the acceptable limits of freedom of speech? That puts the bullies in charge of what we may and may not say, lest we "incite" his violence. And one of the biggest incitements of his violence is to dare to say that he is violent...

And for those make the point that they do not like or support Terry Jones, do not assume that would mean that the same sort of pe

Cheryl F.
Cheryl F6 years ago

Can you really give someone the death penalty for being an idiot? Well, that would sure be a cure for over-population! I hope they included in their sentencing the bozos who spread the video, since if they hadn't done that it's doubtful more than a handful of Jones equally stupid followers would have even seen it!

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone6 years ago

Yes, there are disgusting, stupid arrogant Americans who have no respect for anyone including God, claiming religion as their bases. These people are part of that group.

Karen Howard
Karen H6 years ago

I wonder how Jones would respond if someone produced a film depicting Jesus and Christianity the way he depicted Muhammad & Islam.
"Freedom of speech" would probably go right out the window...

Tahni W6 years ago

At least with him we know the enemy of all that is decent and good.

I'm still not going to be happy for him when he releases his new video. I'm not going to celebrate when people just as extreme react to it and it kills more people. I'm not going to have a little party in my head when those extremists decide to bring the killing to our soil and innocent Americans are murdered.

But you're right, Jacob R. I don't know what the F I'm talking about.

And it's not my place to pass judgment or frown upon the actions of my fellow Americans. How stupid and irresponsible would that be?

Forgot who I was for a minute because I let myself be led by the actions of a sick and twisted man. That's all. Nothing new there....

It's really none of my business what other people do because, as you say, Pastor Terry Jones is more American (and probably WAY more "Christian") than me.
Thanks Jacob R.!!!

Hopefully you don't feel all creepy now that you helped someone from the other side of the political spectrum see the error of their ways.

Tahni W6 years ago

OK, how about this. That person who asked...The real thing is this: To me, there is nothing on earth worse than an evil man using the Christian religion as a cloak for doing evil things.
I know nothing other than the idea that free speech used to incite violence or murder is free speech gone too far. Add those two things together, throw in some faithful followers and what you have is something most dangerous to the individuals soul, the soul of the community, the soul of someone who might be watching from the me.
Yeah, I was looking for good reason Pastor Terry Jones might have occasion to leave the public eye...maybe even leave the planet so that I might change my comfort level. I've found something I am intolerant about. I've found something I hate.
It erases logical thinking and replaces it with a passionate anger in me so deep I hardly have any memory of the peace-loving, live-and-let-live-freaking-hippie-Jesus-freak that I'm supposed to be.
Pastor Jones is a fraud as far as the Christian religion that he pretends to represent. He's a fraud and he somehow has the ability to lead people to hatred like his own. Just look! I let myself be led to hatred by his actions.
This is the most honest answer I can give.
I thought it might be nice if he could be stopped from leading people into spiritual danger...
But it really doesn't matter. Behind Terry Jones there are plenty of other false witnesses to take his place. At least with him we know the enemy o

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N6 years ago

Sharon R.: ... We in America do have freedom of speech and Jones is using this right to contrast with what Islam does to its people. With our President of the U.S. having ties to this religion, it is not a bad thing to remember what it stands for. Haven't noticed Obama making the best of choices at times....

I would like to point out that Limbaugh and the other corporate/Republican mouthpieces are not known for their accuracy, and that if Obama had been a Muslim, he would never have been able to smoke or to attend the Christian church he did for so many years.

Repeating tired and silly insinuations of this sort might get you laughs, but it's better to try to get people to laugh WITH you, if you're trying for an amusing post.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N6 years ago


The Islamic fundamentalists aren't in our faces, stealing our personal civil rights, 'just' those of others, half a world away, so that we don't feel it up close and as threatening us, and we don't make the mistake of thinking that all Muslims are like those, especially those we've met/known, who will be the people most likely to first pop into mind when such subjects arise.