Sometimes, I look at that name and wonder just how off-putting their actions are.
A commentator on T.C.’s post left a link to this article. Could it be that Terry Jones is out to make some more money?
According to the 2006 tax return—the most recent tax return available on Guidestar.org—filed by Jones’ church, the Dove World Outreach Center, “program services” accounted for 30.5 percent of the church’s expenses, while “Administrative costs” accounted for 69.5 percent.
According to the article, he sells propaganda via his website ‘islamisofthedevil.com’ (100 years ago, it would have been Catholicismisofthedevil.com), including t-shirts, his own books, and mugs. Because, you know, there is nothing like getting up in the morning , drinking a cup of joe from this:
Oh, and for some reason, the church is for sale? (There should be a joke in there somewhere…)
And an online real estate listing may indicate Jones is looking for other ways to drum up some cash. According to the listing on real estate website AllisonAbles.com, the Dove World Church is for sale for 2.9 million. The listing says the property has been “reduced $1.1 million for a quick sale”.
He also operates an ‘apostolic academy’, presumably with the entry-level course, Firestarters 101. $500 for a student.
Though the church once enjoyed tax-exempt status, it lost part of that status this spring, according to the Alachua County Property Appraiser’s office. A representative from the appraiser’s office visited Dove World Outreach Center March 25th, and determined the church must pay taxes on the 1,700 square feet of its property that is being used for the Jones’ for-profit business. The church will pay $3,200 in property taxes this year.
Just one thing comes to mind, well one thing first, because there are a lot of things coming to mind (and light) about Jones,
In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” (Joh 2:14-16 NLT)