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April 23, 2011

Dearborn-istan Michigan: Koran-burning Pastor Jones jailed over 'planned' mosque protest

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
The Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy, said fears that Mr. Jones could incite violent counterprotests led them to court. (NY Times)
You read that right. Jones was jailed over "planning a protest" and refusing to pay a "peace bond" ... not protesting or committing any act of violence. One would think that in America the responsibility for any disturbance would rest on the shoulders of those who decided to react to whatever Jones was doing by causing the disturbance, right? Not so in "Dearborn-istan," Michigan because, as Aaron Worthing aptly put it yesterday, Muslims can't be expected to control themselves.

Like Pamela Geller says:

"The city of Dearborn's position is that Muslims are so violent and irrational that they won't be able to control themselves if Jones holds a protest? And he has to pay for damages? Why wouldn't the marauding Muslim hordes pay the damages if they are doing the damage? And if they get violent, why aren't they in jail?"
And Geller also points out the inconsistency:
"Terry Jones was sent to jail in Michigan over a planned protest outside the largest Islamic Center in the U.S. I have seen the most vile displays of subversion, anti-Americanism, Jew-hatred and violence at anti-war rallies during the Bush years. No one said boo. It's free speech. The KKK marches, no one says boo, it's free speech. Monsters protest military funerals, it's free speech. Nazis in Skokie? A-OK. But Islamic jihadis launch the most brutal and bloody attack on America on September 11, 2001, and we haven't stopped apologizing. And now we have turned over our soul, the heart of our freedom."
The AP has the story. "Pastor Is Jailed in Michigan Over Planned March at Mosque":
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- A Florida pastor at the center of a Koran-burning controversy was jailed briefly for refusing to pay what the authorities called a "peace bond" for a planned demonstration outside a mosque.

The pastor, Terry Jones, whose remarks against Muslims have inflamed anti-Western sentiment in Afghanistan, said he refused to pay the $1 bond because doing so would violate his freedom of speech. He was released from jail hours later after paying the $1....

The bond also prohibited Mr. Jones from going to the mosque or the adjacent property for three years.

Robert Sedler, a constitutional law professor at Wayne State University, said the United States Supreme Court has ruled that it is the police's job to protect speakers at such events and said it is unconstitutional to require protesters to post a bond for police protection.

A Koran burning in March at Mr. Jones's church in Gainesville, Fla., caused protests in Afghanistan that killed more than a dozen people. The Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy, said fears that Mr. Jones could incite violent counterprotests led them to court.

Mr. Jones represented himself and told the jury that the mosque, one of the largest in the country, was chosen because his protest was against "a radical element of Islam."

"All we want to do is walk, demonstrate, protest on an area that already belongs to you, to the city," he said. "We are not accusing this mosque. We are not accusing the people of Dearborn. We are not accusing all Muslims."

Clearly, Dearborn has become "Dearborn-istan" ... and Islamic law has replaced the U.S. Constitution. I anxiously await what I hope is a lawsuit to come on behalf of Jones' right to free speech. After all, it matters for the rest of us, as well. You give Islamists a millimeter, they'll take a mile.

Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, Eugene Volokh, weighs-in: [UPDATED TITLE:] Terry Jones Jailed, Apparently for Refusing to Promise Not to Demonstrate in Front of a Mosque [STILL FURTHER UPDATE: Released From Jail, Ordered to Stay Away from Mosque]

Related:
Well Done, Dearborn
Qur'an-burning pastor ordered to stay away from Dearborn mosque for 3 years as planned protest is ruled "likely to provoke violence"

Hat tip - Robert Spencer

Posted by Richard at April 23, 2011 9:04 AM



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