Pastor Jones Elicits Minimal Response at Dearborn City Hall

Jones and supporters gathered at City Hall just after noon Friday, but counter-protest turnout was relatively low.

UPDATE: Six were arrested after Jones marched toward the Arab International Festival and was met with a mob of protesters. Read more here: http://patch.com/A-j07l

Just before 1 p.m. at , Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" blasted on repeat over loudspeakers set up by Florida Pastor Terry Jones and supporters.

As promised, Quran-burning Jones and a handful of supporters from his organization, Stand Up America Now, had come to hold an anti-Sharia–or Islamic law–rally in Dearborn, meant to coincide with the start of the city's .

But the response from counter-protesters was not nearly what the group came up against when holding , when hundreds showed up to speak out against Jones.

Dearborn police officers and members of the media outnumbered counter-protesters, most of whom were representing the activist organization BAMN–By Any Means Necessary. Around 30-40 people with signs stood near City Hall and across Michigan Avenue, shouting "Dearborn has made it clear; racist bigots not welcome here."

Jones and his supporters addressed them.

"(Our opponents) said we would be so afraid (by the number of protesters), we would flee Dearborn," Jones said. "We are not fleeing."

"You're a bunch of young, hyped-up, overexcited young people," Pastor Wayne Sapp, who came with Jones, told their opponents from the steps of City Hall. "You don't know nothing."

Jones called his supporters up to the fence before the rally began, urging them to demonstrate peacefully.

Greg, a Dearborn resident and Detroit native who came out to support Jones, said he came out to the rally to voice him opinions against Arabic culture.

"I am against all Arabs around here–the Arab culture," he said, adding that he only lived in Dearborn because he "has no other place to live."

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AndreaVH June 17, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Pitiful are their comments. All I hear, or read here, is their hatred towards an ethnic group. Good Lord one Jones supporter from Dearborn...guess he's too poor to move out of Dearborn. Everything from his mouth is that he hates all Arabs. "You don't know nothing." I beg to differ, our younger age people are more knowledgeable than in past, since they want to know about their world around them.
Dan Seidel June 17, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I read that after his rally, Jones tried to march to the Arabfest but was blocked by an angry mob and had to be thrown into a police car for his safety? True?
Michele Babcock June 17, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Talk about inciting violence! Good for everyone that ignored him. Bullies should be ignored. And BTW: "You don't know nothing." Apparently you don't need to be educated to become a pastor in his church!
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey June 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM
It's true, Dan. http://dearborn.patch.com/articles/six-arrested-in-bamn-mobbing-of-pastor-jones
Jacob Richey June 18, 2011 at 04:49 AM
"You might say that I’m young You might say I’m unlearned But there’s one thing I know Though I’m younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do." -Bob Dylan I found it to be an appropriate response to Wayne Sapp's quote in the article.
Silvio Davis June 18, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Patch.com- We are better than that, please don't post a negative comments that one sorry individual states. Where are the comments that support our Arab community....I am a non-arab, but am a long term resident and I have never had anything against any arabs within this community, they are people just like us. When 9/11 went down I didnt blame any of the residents in Dearborb because of there religion, don't judge a whole race because of a few bad apples and we shouldn't support those who have negative thoughts, your making it sound like thats how all Dearborn residents feel which is FALSE! Thank you.
Lee Jacobsen June 19, 2011 at 05:56 AM
I agree with you Dearborn Resident, we are in the good ole USA, and the rules are different here than in the Middle East, where we all know that women are still treated like 'dirt' with respect to certain freedoms and rights that we take for granted. However, change is coming. Remember the Woman's Suffrage movement in the USA? It took until 1920 before all women in the USA had the right to vote. Other countries and woman's rights are shown at this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_women's_suffrage Eventually the internet and cell phones will 'educate' the world and bring equality. Anyone can become a reverend, Jones is nothing special. Look at this site which is legal and has been around for over 50 years. http://ulc.net/index.php?page=ordain I suspect the ULC makes its money via the sale of church 'trappings', but don't quote me. Rev Jones probably likes the church for the 14 pts rule, see this site that ULC outlines. http://www.ulccaselaw.com/irs-regulations.php That's why we all love the good ole USA, we can practice and believe anything. Can't say that in parts of the rest of the world. How many Christian churches are there in Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc compared to the mosques in just Dearborn? That is why we let all the Rev Jones of the country have their say, anyone has a right to voice their opinion. However, in other areas of the world, Jones might not have been so lucky to have Dearborn's finest nearby.


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