Terry Jones Announces Planned Return to Dearborn
The Quran-burning Florida pastor is planning to hold a protest on April 7 in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America.
Nearly one year to the day since his plan to host a protest in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America was thwarted, anti-Islamic pastor and Florida politician Terry Jones said he is coming back.
Jones, who is most famously known for his public burning of the Muslim holy book the Quran, announced on Feb. 1 that he will hold a demonstration on April 7 in front of Dearborn's largest mosque.
Jones' two previous public demonstrations in Dearborn both led to arrests after counterprotesters stormed the streets.
The event prefaces his International Judge Muhammad Day, planned to take place on Sept. 11 in Gainesville, FL. The original day of anti-Islamic speech and action was the occasion for Jones' Quran-burning stunt; however, he has not said that he will repeat the act, either in Dearborn or Gainesville.
The first Quran burning in March of 2011–filmed and broadcasted online–sparked international protests against Jones' actions, including violent backlash in Afghanistan that led to the death of several people and injury of many others.
Shortly after the Quran-burning, Jones had planned to host a demonstration in Dearborn in front of the ICA on April 15 of 2011. The city, however, denied his permit request due to space and safety issues, especially because the event was set to take place during Good Friday services at nearby churches.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office then filed a complaint against Jones, asserting that they had reason to believe that Jones would breach the peace and incite a riot.
On April 22, Jones and Sapp were found "likely to breach the peace" by a jury in Dearborn after their planned protest brought them to the 19th District Court. In that decision, Dearborn Chief Judge Mark Somers ordered Jones and Sapp to pay a $1 peace bond each, and to stay away from the Islamic Center and adjacent area for three years. They refused, and were briefly jailed.
Jones and Sapp appealed the ruling, and a Detroit judge overturned the ban on Nov. 11.
Jones' planned protest this spring falls one day after Good Friday.