Michigan Students Fight Florida Pastor’s Anti-Muslim Attacks
by Jamilah King
Florida pastor Terry Jones got the world’s attention back in 2010 when he set fire to the Quran, the Islamic holy book. His screeds gained national prominence during the whole debate over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” that year. Now, he’s back. Jones and his cronies will be protesting what they’re calling “Muslim gangs” at of Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan this morning.
Jones, 60, said he plans to meet with the school’s principal about what he says is a problem with Muslim teens beating up other students.
Dearborn schools spokesman David Mustonen has said Jones’ claims of bullying by Muslim students are unfounded.
Jones has been a frequent visitor to Dearborn, where he has criticized what he calls “radical elements of Islam.” Jones’ critics say his protests have been nothing but “hate speech.”
Administrators at the school say that classes will go on as normal today. But students at the school are fighting back against Jones’s attacks. Several of them have started the Intergroup Dialogue Student Leadership Team, which will begin student-led workshops and host guest speakers to help “facilitate dialogue to celebrate different cultures.” They outlined some of their goals in this video:
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