Web hosting firm boots out book-burning pastor

Posted by Emma Woollacott

With the bolting horse heading over the horizon, web hosting company Rackspace has locked the stable door and refused to host the website of the Dove World Outreach Center.

The center is run by Terry Jones, who can't seem to make up his mind whether he's in favor of burning copies of the Koran and Talmud or not. He told the BBC yesterday that he was canceling tomorrow's event, but later informed other reporters that his little bonfire was to go ahead after all.

Either way, Rackspace seems to have decided that it doesn't want to be tarred with the same brush as the libricidal minister, and has shut the site down.

The company has clear grounds for the move under its terms and conditions.

These ban content that "is excessively violent, incites violence, threatens violence, or contains harassing content or hate speech" - and, certainly, describing people as 'of the devil' isn't particularly affectionate.

Also banned is "any conduct that is likely to result in retaliation against the Rackspace network or website, or Rackspace's employees, officers or other agents, including engaging in behavior that results in any server being the target of a denial of service attack."

The book burning has caused demonstrations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia, and has been criticized by Sarah Palin, the Vatican and Hillary Clinton. It's also cost Jones half his congregation.

The Reverend Terry Jones is no relation to the Monty Python actor of the same name who directed Life of Brian and starred as Simon the  holy man.

The latter is the one who keeps quiet for eighteen years in order to show his love of  God.