Judge clears way for Jones protest outside Dearborn mosque

April 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Judge clears way for Jones protest outside Dearborn mosque

  • By Oralandar Brand-Williams
  • The Detroit News

Detroit — Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones has been given the final green light to go ahead with a protest Saturday outside a Dearborn mosque.

U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood granted a motion for an emergency temporary restraining order against Dearborn, barring the city from requiring that Jones signs a “hold harmless” agreement before approving his permit to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America.

“This is clearly an unconstitutional clause which impedes plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to free speech and assembly,” said Hood in the order. “The ordinance requiring the indemnity agreement and the “Hold Harmless” presented to Plaintiffs are unconditional and violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as to Plaintiff and others who wish to exercise their rights to speak and assemble in the public fora.”

On Monday, Jones and his associate, Wayne Sapp, both founders of the Stand Up America organization, filed a two-count complaint against Dearborn and Police Chief Ronald Haddad in connection with the request for the permit.

Jones and Sapp filed a required special events application and request form with the city. Jones and Sapp are expecting 20-25 supporters to attend the event. They said they have not requested any services from the city in connection with their permit request.

As late as last week, the city was requiring the “hold harmless” provision, said Jones’ attorneys.

Last year, Jones and Sapp cited their free speech rights when they were denied a permit to protest outside the same mosque on Good Friday.

City officials said the two men would have to take out a “peace bond” if they wanted to protest outside the Islamic center. The pair refused and a two-day hearing was held and Jones and Sapp were jailed briefly for refusing to take out a peace bond.

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, which sought the restraining order on Jones’ behalf, said that minutes before Hood’s order was received, the city approved the application without the hold harmless agreement.

“Dearborn has a history of discriminating against Christians who want to speak out against the internal threat of Sharia law and Islam,” Thompson said.

“Every time the City attempts to curtail the Constitutional rights of Christians, we will confront them in a court of law,” he said in a news release Thursday. “There is no doubt in my mind that the City knew the Hold Harmless agreement they were trying to get Jones’s organization to sign was unconstitutional.”

Dearborn spokeswoman Mary Laundroche said city officials “thought the order was completely unnecessary because we had already agreed to accommodate Stand Up America Now without the requirement for the group to sign a hold harmless agreement.”

Local Muslim leaders say they will ignore Jones’ protest outside the mosque and encourage others to do the same. They say his visit is part of a continuing national trend of “Islamophobic” rhetoric.

“We respect the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and we also encourage community members not to meet his hateful speech with like speech,” said Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR-Michigan. “People in the community should simply ignore and allow him to say whatever he has to say all by his lonesome.”

bwilliams@detnews.com

 

Jones skips demonstration at Arab Fest

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Jones skips demonstration at Arab Fest

Posted by Times-Herald Newspapers on 6/18/11 • Categorized as Stories


The Rev. Terry Jones held a second anti-Islam rally since April on the steps in front of Dearborn City Hall Friday, calling for a five-point plan which includes halting Muslim immigration into the United States.

Photos by Daniel Heraty

California Rabbi Nachum Schifren speaks to a crowd of supporters and counter-protesters during a rally against Islam Friday hosted by Florida pastor the Rev. Terry Jones.

Pastor holds rally at city hall, passes on festival

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Following a rally against radical Islam in front of City Hall, 13615 Michigan Avenue, Florida Rev. Terry Jones, was detained from attending the Arab International Festival by a crowd of counter protesters.

According to published reports, Jones returned to City Hall, and then went back to his hotel room. Three counter-protersters were arrested.

Also speaking at the rally were Texas evangelist Jack Coe Jr., Jones’ associate pastor at Dove Outreach Center, the Rev. Wayne Sapp, and Anti-Islam Rabbi Nachum Shifren.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islam Relations, said Jones and his fellow speakers came to the rally with a message of hate. He added that the efforts of Jones and his supporters were all for nothing.

“Terry Jones and his supporters were miniscule,” he said.

He told a group of supporters before his speech that they were not to retaliate in any way against violence, but that they would not hold back what they want to say.

“We will target every area of large Muslim population to make sure our message is heard,” Jones said.

Jones, who is most famous for overseeing a Quran burning in March, returned in order to further his protest by speaking out again against Sharia law and radical Islam. Following the speech, Jones planned to speak at the Arab American Festival, held on Warren Ave.

About 100 supporters and protesters convened for Jones’ speech.

Eric Jones, from Hazel Park, said that he was there on his own agenda. Calling himself a “concerned Christian,” he said that he was against the United States standing with Israel. Also at the rally was Martin Prehn, from St. Clair Shores, who said that he was there to make sure that everyone’s right to free speech is upheld.

“Not having free speech is far worse than getting your curfew changed or having to stay home,” he said. “The terrorists are the problem, but the number-one problem I see is apathy.”

At City Hall, Jones outlined a five-point plan, which includes granting civil and human rights for Islamic countries or having them banned from the United Nations; halting muslim immigration; the monitoring of all mosques in the U.S.; ensuring that all persons of authority in embassies in Islamic countries be non-Muslim; and a nationwide banning of Sharia law.

Coe said that Islamic nations were responsible for the events of Sept. 11, and that Muslims practice violence against other faiths.

“As Terry Jones said, Islam is the only religion in the word that will kill other religions,” he said.

Sapp said that the speakers were there in order to “crush the fear” that they allege is prevalent in Islam and the Quran. He told the crowd that they did not know the meaning of many of the words that were being shouted at him and that the was angered that criticism of the Quran has become “hate speech.”

Schifren, from California, said the United States was heading down a destructive path and submitting to Islam.
“We are witnessing the greatest country in the world heading toward suicide,” he said.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)

On Terry Jones’ plan to protest Muslims in Dearborn

Controversial fringe pastor Terry Jones has announced that he’s coming to Dearborn, Michigan to protest Islam outside of the Islamic Center of America on April 22.

Jones, who recently oversaw the burning of the Qur’an at this church this past Sunday, shepherds a small congregation of approximately 50  persons.  May G-d guide those souls, who follow such a leader!

The reality is that Jones, who received international media coverage prior to aborting his “Burn the Koran Day” stunt on the anniversary of 9/11, is merely seeking attention.  Hence, this is why all major Muslim organizations in America and in Florida ignored his recent stunt in which the Qur’an was burned in his church.

The irony about Jones and the Qur’an burning is that it is customary for Muslims to burn the Qur’an as a way of discarding a copy that has page(s) missing or has typographical errors.  Jones is simply discarding the book the same way that Muslims do!

Anyone, who would attack Jones or place a bounty on his head is misguided.  There is no doubt about that.  Jones, however, is himself misguided if he thinks he’s going to eradicate the spirit or practice of Islam in Metro Detroit by pulling such a stunt.  In fact, he’s bringing attention to Islam that will attract more people to learn about it, which may cause some to change their religion.

If Jones wants to have a private conversation for a day in Metro Detroit about Islam and the Qur’an away from the cameras, I’m more than welcome to engage him in such.