From yesterday’s shenanigans in which Terry Jones was detained for a few hours after refusing to pay a $1 peace bond given after a trial by a jury of his peers, Jones is now stating that the verdict against him is proof that shari’ah is in Dearborn.
Wait one minute! Terry Jones stood trial in a court in Wayne County being judged by an ordinance within the state of Michigan by a Christian judge and by a jury which consisted of no Muslims, yet he’s crying that the verdict against him is due to shari’ah in Dearborn?!
As I stated on “Let It Rip” on FOX 2 last night (see the 1st video of the 3 segments), Jones wanted to get arrested. I forecasted weeks ago that his coming on “Good Friday” was a ploy to paint himself as being oppressed by the so-called “pro-shari’ah” Dearborn government as Jesus Christ was oppressed by the Roman occupational government in Palestine. It would have been better for his fundraising if he would have stay until Sunday in police custody then arose from jail as Christianity teaches Christ was resurrected.
As Jones is an ignoramus and a charlatan of a pastor, I still affirm that much of the hoopla could have been averted if Jones would have been allowed to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America. Having been defended via an ACLU brief, he’s now fashioned himself as a 1st Amendment martyr. Jones’ plan to come back to Dearborn to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America next week could have been averted.
I continue to say that Wayne County Prosecutor’s office raised Jones’ profile with the legal injunction against him. Furthermore, the Prosecutor’s argument that a riot would have broken out in Dearborn ala the Afghanistan United Nation office tragedy was a diss to Metro Detroit Muslims. The ACTS 17 group came to Dearborn without being harmed and the radical Westboro Baptist Church protested recently in front of the same mosque without incident. The Imams Council of this area, which I am a part of, intentionally coordinated interfaith activities with Christians to divert the chance of confrontation. The only persons who were extremely rowdy yet non-violent relating to Jones being in Dearborn were from BAMN (By Any Means Necessary), and they are not Muslims!
Also the argument that there could have been a dangerous situation and that he shouldn’t speak in front of the mosque because of a potential riot is bogus from another perspective. If anyone speaks and is not planning violence against persons or structures, he/she should not be blocked simply because of the potential that someone may harm them. His carrying a gun is a non-issue though the klutz discharged his firearm Thursday night at the FOX 2 parking lot in a car. The liability of potential violence is not upon the speaker if he is not telling people to be violent. Any violent acts would be the criminality of the perpetrators of violence. Most public figures, who take controversial stances including myself, have received death threats. Should other speakers be barred because they may say something politically incorrect in front of particular locations to reinforce their points? I don’t think so.
So though I despise the burning of the Torah, Psalms, Gospel and Qur’an and I believe that it is wrong to protest in front of houses of worship from a spiritual perspective, I also think that we can go down a dangerous path when we begin blocking persons from speaking on public property at any location. It’s Jones today, and it could be you and me tomorrow.
So now Jones will come back to Dearborn, he will probably take some sort of legal action against Wayne County and Dearborn. Instead of this mess going away, it’s going to continue to put him in the news, which is what he wants. Perhaps this all could have been behind us in Michigan regarding Jones, but this seems like it was only round 1.