Terry Jones, The Man Behind "Burn A Quran Day"

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center, September 7, 2010.
Pastor Terry Jones was little known outside Gainesville, Florida until his Koran burning plan went international with groups from the VFW to the State Department protesting, and General David Petraeus warning that the images of burning the Quran could endanger U.S. troops.

But a deposition obtained by CBS News from a court case last month raises question about how much Pastor Jones even knows about his controversial cause.

According to the deposition, Jones and his wife learned much of what they know about Sharia Law - the sacred law of the Muslim religion - by watching videos on YouTube.

"Do you know where Sharia law came from?" Jones is asked.

"Not really, no," he replies, "I think there's experts that say it came from the old Mosaic law. But no."

Attorneys also asked Jones how many Muslims he knows personally.

"I don't think I know any personally," he says, "I haven't interviewed any." Jones also says he has not attended any interfaith discussions and that he believes that such discussions are part of "our problem."

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When asked if his church, Dove World Outreach Center has a mission statement, Jones said that it did but when questioned further, Jones told the attorney he did not know what the mission statement was.

Jones refers to himself as "Doctor," and says in the deposition he was awarded an honorary doctorate of theology degree from the California Graduate School of Theology in Rosemead, CA in 1983. The school, which is unaccredited, was unable to immediately confirm whether or not it awarded Jones the degree.

In his deposition, Jones acknowledged that his congregation has decreased in recent years, telling attorneys that he currently has a congregation of about 50 people - whereas he had 100 people when his congregation was at its largest.

"I think mainly just because the things we're involved in are just really way too hot for your normal Christian and your normal person."

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