The estranged daughter of Terry Jones, the 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, Reuters reports.
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 in 1996.
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“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.