(Photo: Toledo Blade)

BY ERIC G. CZAJKA

Pastor Terry Jones, an anti-Islamic pastor from Florida, has confirmed that he will be holding another demonstration to protest Islam at a mosque in Dearborn.

In an interview with The Michigan Journal, Jones said that he will be holding the demonstration in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. The protest is scheduled for April 7.

In April 2011, Jones was denied a request to protest at the mosque and was arrested for breaching the peace. Dearborn Judge Mark Somers banned Jones from the Islamic Center and adjacent property, halting his protest against the religion. Jones and another protester, Pastor Wayne Sapp, were ordered to pay a peace bond of $1 each. When Jones and Sapp refused to meet the court’s orders, they were jailed.

Jones’ ban from the Islamic Center and nearby property in Dearborn resulted in a fight over freedom of religion and speech. Seven months after he was banned from protesting, a Wayne County Circuit Judge overruled the lower court’s ban. With nothing impeding his protests, Jones is once again free to hold demonstrations in Dearborn.

“We are coming back to Dearborn this time because we won that court case,” said Jones. “That is of course the motivating reason for – or one of them, for coming back.”

Jones’ protests have sparked outrage and debate throughout the world. He was banned from entering the U.K. in 2011 because of his radical views on Islam. Jones, who believes that 160-170 million Muslims are willing “to die, kill, and bomb” for their religion, plans to hold similar protests at other mosques throughout the country.

Jones’ protest drew national attention and outraged citizens throughout the country. Despite this, Jones plans for this year’s protest to be larger than the one in 2011.

“We are expecting a couple hundred people,” Jones said.

In 2010, Jones gained worldwide criticism by threatening to burn the Quran. He again threatened to burn the Quran in 2011, and executed his threat on March 20, 2011. The fallout from these two events led to protests in Afghanistan that resulted in at least 35 deaths and 73 injuries. Even though the protests were attributed to the burning, Jones does not feel responsible for them.

“I don’t think we caused it – we don’t feel responsible for it,” said Jones.

Jones said that he does not have any plans to burn the Quran during the April protest at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

  • amy

    Thank God for Dr. Terry Jones who has the guts to expose Islam and not back down to political correctness!

  • Fran Ingram

    What is it about Islam that it manages to demand and receive special privileges for Muslims ~ there is no ‘free speech zone’ outside a mosque; at Fordson Highschool the football team practices at night for the Muslims; Dearborn taxpayers must support extra expenses for Halal meat in school meals, boosting Muslims run businesses and halal slaughterhouses; cities must install footbaths for prayer needs in airports; ROTC uniforms can include hijabs; and the list goes on…. Sharia is an expectation that any community where Muslims live will be shaped by Islamic preferences (my definition). I for one will not submit.

    • Ferazberry

      We founded this country originally for religious freedom. It’s funny how most Americans forget this founding principle. If you hate Muslims rights to halal food then why don’t you hate Jews for always getting kosher on airplanes, hospitals, and schools? Should a nun not be allowed to wear her religious garb even though it is nearly identical to the Islamic hijab? There are plenty of Jews who wear a yamaka, especially in Oakland County, should they not be allowed to wear those if they participated in ROTC? Do people really think that there are 160 million Muslims are trying to kill everyone? Seriously, just do a Google search on Islam and slightly educate yourself.