BERLIN, Sept 10 The estranged daughter of a U.S.
pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes
he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media
interview conducted on Friday.
Emma Jones, who lives in Germany, told Spiegel Online she
had e-mailed her father urging him to drop his plan to burn
copies of the Islamic holy book, writing: "Dad, leave it be!"
He did not reply, she said.
Facing an outpouring of concern from U.S. leaders and anger
from Muslims worldwide, Pastor Terry Jones, of Gainesville,
Florida, said on Friday he no longer planned to burn the Koran
on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. [ID:nLDE6890JI]
But Jones appeared to leave open the possibility he could
change his mind if a proposed meeting fails to take place on
Saturday in New York with Muslim leaders planning to build an
Islamic centre and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"My father is not one to give up," said Emma Jones, 30. "As
a daughter, I see the good-natured core inside him. But I think
he needs help."
"I think he has gone mad," she added.
She described how a Christian community her father spent
years building in Cologne, Germany was at first Bible-orientated
but later changed. After leaving the community aged 17, Emma
Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become sect-like.
"I saw that my father preached and did things that I didn't
find biblical at all. He demanded total allegiance to himself
and his second wife," she said. His first wife, her mother, died
"That was real religious delusion I saw," she added.
"Typical evidence of a sect."
Emma Jones said the community kicked out her father in 2008,
when he returned to the United States.
"I really hope he comes to his senses," she said.
(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)