Quran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones Announces Plans for September Visit to Michigan
Jones will be speaking on the Capitol steps in Lansing one day prior to his Circuit Court appearance concerning his April arrest in Dearborn.
Inflammatory Florida Pastor Terry Jones will be returning to Michigan in September, but not to Dearborn.
Jones, along with his associate Wayne Sapp, will be speaking on the Capitol steps in Lansing on Sept. 7. The following day, both men will appear at the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit for an appeal hearing to the April 22 Dearborn court ruling that sent Jones and Sapp to jail for about an hour.
The Dove World Outreach Center pastors and Stand Up America! activists—known for holding anti-Islamic demonstrations in cities across the U.S.—ended up in Dearborn's 19th District Court in April after stating their intent to ignore the city's refusal to let them protest in front of the Islamic Center of America.
A jury found Sapp and Jones likely to breach the peace, and Judge Mark Somers ordered that they each pay a $1 bond. They refused and were both briefly jailed before eventually paying the bond and being released.
On Sept. 7, Jones and Sapp said in a press statement that they will speak at 6 p.m. on the Capitol steps in Lansing on "The Moral, Economic and Spiritual Decay of America."
On Sept. 8, both men will appear in court at 2 p.m. Following their hearing, they have said they will host an open discussion on "The Destructive Force: Islam" at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.
Their plans for the weekend of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 include a trip back to New York City for a rally at Ground Zero.
Jones and Sapp are being represented by the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor—a Christian-focused firm notorious for fighting against Shariah law in Michigan courts.