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Quran-burning pastor, Terry Jones, still coming to mosque

16 April 2011 General 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Florida-based pastor Terry Jones, who is slated to come to Dearborn this week, with a copy of his book "Islam is of the Devil." (Photo courtesy Omar Vega/ZUMApress.com)

DEARBORN — Pastor Terry Jones preaches the Gospel for a living, but the second holiest day in Christianity just slipped his mind.

The Quran-burning provocateur, who is expected to protest in Dearborn next week, said he didn’t realize before he committed to coming here that the protest is planned for Good Friday.

“This might be hard to believe,” Jones said, “but honestly we didn’t realize (it was Good Friday) or that Sunday was Easter.”

Oversight now recognized, Jones said he still plans on coming and that he would be traveling with about five associates for the protest, which tentatively is planned for outside the Islamic Center of America. The location, he said, was chosen because of its symbolism as one of the largest mosques in North America.

The protest originally was organized by a Port Huron militia group known as “Order of the Dragon,” but has very much become the Terry Jones-show since he announced his intention to join.

Asked whether he thinks Dearborn’s Muslim community is jihadist or wants to institute Sharia – Islamic law similar to Christianity’s Canon law – Jones said he is uncertain.

“I don’t know Dearborn’s Muslims so I can’t say,” said Jones, who acknowledges never having read the Quran. “But when you see what’s happening in Europe in Muslim-dominated countries, it wouldn’t surprise (me).”

Jones has said in press statements about the protest that he has no problem with Muslims or Islam; rather the extremist interpretation terrorist groups have embraced. He does, however, say he disagrees with Sharia, saying, “it discriminates against women.”

Jones’ small Gainesville, Florida-based church, Dove World Outreach Center, gained notoriety last fall for widely condemned plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Facing pressure to cancel the event coming from as high up as President Barack Obama, the plan was scrapped. But in late March Jones put the Quran “on trial.”

With his congregants as jury, the holiest book in Islam was found guilty and the sentence was burning.

While the media largely ignored the event, Jones and others released videos of the burning online. The imagery sparked widespread violence against Western forces in Afghanistan and numerous death threats against Jones, including a $2.4 million bounty issued by the Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah, which is designated a terrorist organization by the United States government.

“We get the threats and we pass them along to the FBI,” he said.

As for the violence Jones’ stunt precipitated, he said he doesn’t bear responsibility.

“Yes, we were warned,” he said of the exhortations against burning the Quran for fear it might provoke violence.

“But there is no excuse for what happened in Afghanistan, and we do not believe we are responsible. People are responsible for their own actions. If anything this proves there is a radical element to Islam.”

Jones is aware his trip to Dearborn is being met mostly with opposition. Interfaith leaders from across Metropolitan Detroit have criticized his plans and at least six groups have formally requested permits for counterdemonstrations, Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.

“We know there will probably be a lot more people there against us than for us,” said Jones, who was unsure how many more people would join him aside from the group he is traveling with.

Also still unclear is whether the protest will even be granted the necessary permit. Haddad, who is responsible for determining whether a demonstration permit is granted or not, previously said he hoped to have a decision by Friday. But because of the numerous counter-protest permit requests and other new, undisclosed developments related to the event, Haddad said he now hopes to have his decision by early next week.

“There are some late developments that we need to take into consideration,” said Haddad. “My primary concern is security and making sure everyone is safe.”

Undoubtedly playing into Haddad’s decision is that Altar Road, where the Islamic Center is located, will be bustling with activity that day. In addition to the mosque, Altar Road is home to several Christian churches that will be holding Good Friday services.

J. Patrick Pepper covers public safety and politics in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights as well as Dearborn government affairs. He can be reached at (734) 246-2702 or at jpepper@heritage.com.

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  1. People like Terry Jones I feel are a stain on Christianity and the human race, the God I was raised to believe in and follow loves all. ” The same religion He has established for as that which He enjoined on Noah – that We have sent by inspiration to you – and that which We enjoined on Ibrahim, Moses, and Jesus; namely that you should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein” (42:13) Praise Be To You and Yours

  2. Ok…..

    Now…..we’re giving this dud a little bit too much publicity, even by informing the public of his planned hateful shenanigans.

    It is good, however, to know that this dud has weakened his basis for misjudging Islam by his admission of never reading the Holy Qur’an for himself.

    What a lying loser he is!

  3. Jones is always a fool, judging fellow Americans by what others do. Do you think illiterate Afghans are a good basis to judge American Muslims by? He foolishly thinks so.

  4. dueceprez, i’ve read the koran. i think you were calling me a liar when i quote 4:11? you asked me to post the reason for the verse and i did, yet i heard no response, maybe you where busy. anyways do you not see a problem with a religion that calls for flogging people and cutting of their hands???????

  5. For someone who calls himself a “Christian”, I find it hilarious that Terry Jones didn’t even know when Good Friday and Easter was. LOL!

  6. Dears Friends of all faiths,
    My heart can not express the sorrow for this lost souls horrific and insidious actions. I plan to buy a Quran and read it myself, not that I (with respect) will convert to Islam, but so I may better understand my brothers and sisters in love and faith who are Muslim. I mean believing in something or God (having a system value or a idea of what is right, wrong, evil and good, when taken not extremes except maybe loving each other and forgiving them, showing mercy and helping others)is better then not no matter what your religion.
    I believe that God, will judge me on my sins and vulture, not on and if I converted anyone to my faith or killed or burned books (Holy or not.
    I find myself feeling guilty for praying that God will call this (I use this term quite loosely) person up sooner then later. I do not wish this ignorant man harm by any one’s hands, simply that Our Father will call him into judgement before he is able to burns or spill more blood which IS on his head. The Fact that he didn’t know when Good Friday, Holy Week or that Easter was coming, speaks volumes, about his 1)ignorance 2) his suitability to be called either a pastor or a Christian, and that he is a “person” who enjoys fanning the flames of fire not of the Holy Quran, but where he will find himself for the rest of eternity!
    I hope I am not, nor have not offended anyone, well maybe just one “person”

  7. How many people know Pastor Jones before he aired his violent-provoking act?

    But now, he has gained notoriety [not Fame] through his violent-provoking act of burning the Qur’an.

    At the truest sense, Terry Jones is actually an agent of violence in which the US govt should have taken necessary steps to subdue his actions, else…., the society’s equilibrium may be distorted.

  8. lawan, you should start an “amend the first amendment” society with halima. so you wanted the government to “subdue” him? how? arrest him? imprison him? have you heard of skokie illinois? maybe you aren’t american? well than again halima says he is american born and doesn’t appearently understand the first amendment either. here in america we protect freedom of speech. especially stupid and hateful speech, because then again, why would you need to protect what is socially acceptable. here in america, we like to give the crazyies enough rope to hang themselves. hope you find these links so what informative on the american ideal of freedom of speech. it does differ from most (if not the rest) of the world’s.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/westboro-baptist-church-w_n_830209.html

    8-1 decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., was the latest in a line of court rulings that, as Chief Justice John Roberts said in his opinion for the court, protects “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”

    http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/page.aspx?pid=644

    Summary
    This month’s Landmark Supreme Court Cases and the Constitution focuses on two cases that tested the limits of the First Amendment, and that demonstrated the United States’ commitment to freedom of speech. In these cases, National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie (1977), and Brandenburg v. Ohio (1968), the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects individuals’ rights to express their views, even if those views are considered extremely offensive by most people.

    American writer Noam Chomsky said “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

  9. Kevin Synder,

    I’m a pastor (and not an ignorant one–8,000 books in my library, read the New Testament in ancient Greek, etc.). Have also read the Quran. All you read is about killing Jews and Christians. (by the way, am reading from the Hadith now).

    I am a BAPTIST, Kevin. If you were not so ignorant of American History, you would know it was the baptists and other CHRISTIANS WHO FOUNDED THIS NATION AND INSISTED UPON THE BILL OF RIGHTS.

    Show me ONE muslim nation that gives freedom of religion to anyone.

    By the way, while you attacking the burning of the Quran, What about the blasphemy that goes on everyday on TV, Hollywood, etc. toward Jesus Christ? No true Born again Christian is out there blowing up people.

    Terry Jones should be a wake up call to you ignoramuses. Islam, like Muhammad, is religious, political and militaristic!

  10. eric, “No true Born again Christian is out there blowing up people.” that’s exactly what the muslims claim “no true muslim”.

    you are “a true christian”? you are a pastor? do you claim to follow the example of christ? i don’t remember christ ever calling any one an ignoramus? but it’s been a while since i read the bible. i’m pretty sure there is something like, let he who is with out sin cast the first stone? turn the other cheek? if a man steals your coat give him your shirt as well? how about love one another as you love yourself? perhaps you’re self loathing?

  11. fuck terry jones

  12. yo what up terry jones you are fuckmother if i be here i kill shot in you head

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