Former Members Of Florida Hate Pastor’s Church Speak Out
Former members of Quran-burning Pastor Terry Jones’ church tell horror stories about his efforts to control their lives.
Congregants at the Dove World Outreach Center, who have dwindled to 30 or so in number, are required to vow allegiance to Jones — a pledge that places restrictions on their diets, their ability to hold jobs outside the church and their personal relationships.
For Chris Nassoiy, 25, and for most members, the last restriction is by far the most painful. He has seen his parents only once since they left the church in 2009, when he gathered his belongings from his childhood home.
“I had to tell them that we won’t be able to communicate until they apologize, until they accept the Gospel,” he said, his voice cracking. “It was a little bit wrenching.”
Two of Jones’ own daughters have left in disgust. “I don’t support him, and I don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Emma Jones said via Facebook. Most of those who hadn’t already left the church did so after Jones began threatening to burn the Quran last fall.Click here for reuse options!
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