- By Oralandar Brand-Williams
- The Detroit News
Dearborn— Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones says he is on the way back to Dearborn in October, according to a news release.
Jones, who has been to Metro Detroit several times to protest “radical Islam” in the past couple of years, says he’s returning to protest “bullying by gangs of Muslim youths.”
Jones said he has been contacted by Dearborn residents “who tell us that in the last two years there has been a rise of tensions in the area, in public places and in the schools because of aggressive bullying by gangs of Muslim youths.”
“It is clear from Terry Jones’ own experiences in Dearborn, Michigan, and from other contacts in the area, that the school officials, the local police and the local government are corrupt, favoring the Muslim population. Too often criminal acts are overlooked, and the Muslim community has become bolder in defying the law,” according to a release from Jones’ office.
Jones said he plans “to stand in protest with the parents of the victims of this bullying in the Dearborn area by Muslim youths. America must be made aware that the rule of law guaranteed under our great Constitution is not guaranteed for the many non-Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan.”
Local Muslim leaders say Jones is coming back to the area to further antagonize the local Muslim community and because he is an attention-seeker.
“We are ignoring Mr. Jones, who is simply coming to Metro Detroit to harass Muslims to keep his name in the media,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan. “We are thankful that the mainstream Christian community continues to proclaim that Jones’ message of division is un-Christlike.”