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Koran-Burning Pastor Hangs Obama in Effigy in Church's Front Yard

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Image source: The Smoking Gun

Florida Pastor Terry Jones -- whose Koran-burning activities have gained worldwide attention -- is in the news again, this time for hanging President Barack Obama in effigy in front of his church.

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A photo posted on The Smoking Gun shows a dummy with Obama's likeness hanging from a yellow noose outside Jones' Dove World Outreach Center. The scene also features an American flag, a rainbow-striped gay pride flag, an Uncle Sam dummy and a child's doll in the Obama figure's hand. The words "Obama is Killing America" are posted on a trailer nearby.

A photo posted on the Broward-Palm Beach New Times' website shows a different set-up, this one with Uncle Sam hanging from the noose and the Obama dummy standing by.

According to the New Times, a church spokeswoman confirmed the effigy is real.

"We have chosen to hang President Obama as a symbol of what America needs to do. We must remove him, we must vote him out of office," Jones said in a video statement.

A Secret Service spokesman told the newspaper the agency is investigating the situation.

Jones told the Huffington Post the pride flag was meant to call attention to Obama's pro-same-sex marriage stance, and said the doll is because Obama is "favorable toward abortion."

He said the original display was meant to show Obama hanging Uncle Sam, but that it was changed Wednesday so Obama himself was hanging.

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