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Terry Jones's Dearborn Protest Takes Place Without Incident

Quran-burning Pastor Jones used the Islamic Center as a backdrop to discuss what he says are signs of Sharia Law in Dearborn.

For the first time in his several visits to Dearborn, Quran-burning Florida Pastor Terry Jones's demonstration Saturday in front of the city's was rather uneventful.

Jones and a handful of supporters gathered in front of Dearborn's largest mosque Saturday afternoon to speak out against what they say are signs of Sharia–or Islamic law–in Dearborn and other U.S. cities.

While several of Jones' supporters were heckled by counterprotesters on their way to the grassy area in front of the mosque, no arrests were made and things stayed relatively peaceful.

The majority of the anti-Jones crowd came as part of the southeast Michigan-based activist group By Any Means Necessary. Last June, when they mobbed Jones as he attempted to march from to the Arab International Festival.

This Saturday–almost one year to the day since Jones's first attempt to speak in front of the mosque –he and his supporters were nowhere near the counterprotesters.

Instead BAMN members and several local residents stood near Ford Road east of the mosque; some held signs and yelled chants against Jones, while others said they were just there to watch.

Last year, Jones and his associate Wayne Sapp were by a jury in Dearborn after their planned protest on Good Friday brought them to the . 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 .

On Monday, April 2, the Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jones and Sapp, alleging that the city of Dearborn violated the two men's free speech rights. The claim is based on the fact that the city has asked Jones to sign a "hold harmless" agreement releasing the city of any responsibility for damage to his property or personal injury during his protest.

A federal judge on Wednesday issued an order allowing Jones to proceed without the signed document, and asserting her belief that the city's hold harmless agreement is unconstitutional.

Jones's lawsuit will proceed to the courts, the Thomas More Law Center confirmed Thursday.

Jones spoke little about his pending lawsuit on Saturday. Instead, much of the demonstration was spent listing off what he said is evidence of Sharia Law at work in Dearborn and other U.S. cities.

Among his claims, Jones pointed at the installation of footbaths at the , the , and the late-night football practices of the football team held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Jones said they would welcome counterprotesters to come closer, but feared they would be unruly.

"They can stand right here, as long as they don't disturb anything," he said. "But they're not so peaceful."

AndreaVH April 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Good, now that its over, he needs to go home. I'm glad there wasn't a large group out, and if Bamn would have stayed home, there wouldn't be any notice to Terry Jones.
Youssef April 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
We can now resume going back to our normal lives. I kinda wish the patch wouldn't have reported this. Jones doesn't deserve all this attention.
Frank Jones April 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Pastor Terry Jones is a HERO! God bless him!
Cathy April 08, 2012 at 07:54 AM
There should be serious consequences for judges who take away American's rights of free speech. I feel that judges who take away American's right to free speech should be charged with multiple felonies! They are judges! And that jury! Where did they grow up? Did they grow up in Nazis Germany, or some backward radical Islamic hole in the Middle East where there is no free speech? This is America Dearborn. There is free speech here! This is not a third world country where free speech is not allowed.
Cathy April 08, 2012 at 07:55 AM
There should be serious consequences for judges who take away American's rights of free speech. I feel that judges who take away American's right to free speech should be charged with multiple felonies! They are judges! And that jury! Where did they grow up? Did they grow up in Nazis Germany, or some backward radical Islamic hole in the Middle East where there is no free speech? This is America Dearborn. There is free speech here! This is not a third world country where free speech is not allowed.
Peder Blohm April 08, 2012 at 11:30 AM
A big THANKS to our Arabic community for ignoring him and his little band of followers.. This is the way to do it.!!! IGNORE and dont let the media have a field day..
Lee Jacobsen April 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Darn!! Missed all the excitement of Terry Jones. Free speech in the USA is important to us all, and Jones got his say, but so is the freedom to do as we please with our day, and listening to his rabble was not on my 'top ten' list.
David Smith April 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Cathy, One person's right to free speech ends at the beginning of another person's right to worship and have access to their place of worship, both of which Jones was prepared to violate whenever and wherever possible. Freedom of speech is not absolute, especially when it conflicts with the rights of others. Jones may have a point about the halal meals in public schools though. I'd like to follow the money on that one. How much does it cost the taxpayers when the school district has to buy a relatively small amount of halal food and can not take advantage of bulk rates on "regular" food with government contracts? Also, who is the vendor who profits from the purchase of the halal food? Isn't this an example of the taxpayer being forced to subsidize a religious requirement? Does this have any place in our public schools?
Lee Jacobsen April 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
To avoid controversy , we should stick with foods invented in the USA , which include the corn dog, buffalo wings, perhaps the hamburger, and perhaps the hot dog. Of course , to really reduce costs and control the lunch situation, this site would allow custom lunches to suit everyone, plus take away the possibility of theft of any lunch money by the bullies, as each student can have an account set up. http://www.technewsdaily.com/3036-vending-machines-for-healthy-foods.html
RD April 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Maybe students should eat breakfast at home and bring their own food for lunch. That way they can eat all the halal, kosher and fish on Friday during Lent that they want and nobody will have any complaints.
marooned in Dbn April 09, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Tough to do that in all localities. At some schools in the country, gradeschoolers home packed lunches were confiscated by "authorities" because they deemed that the lunches were not up to Federal, (USDA) nutrientional standards. This has been in the natl. media last month or so. What did those schools do ? They forced the young students to eat the foods at the school cafeteria, discarded the bagged lunch from home, and billed the parents for the cost of the chicken nuggets, ect, that the school cafeteria offered on that day.
Lee Jacobsen April 09, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Marooned , the automated lunch vending machines would address most issues, even allow states to vary foods according to customs and locales. In Dearborn, one vending machine can be halal, another kosher, and another Christian. It can allow students to try different foods. Since each student would have an account, payment would be controlled by the parents regarding lunch money, and , if we really want 'big govt' in the picture, they can sign off on the vending machines regarding compliance on heath issues every few months or so, just like they do on the vending machines that feed our cars, the gas pumps. Here is the site again. http://www.technewsdaily.com/3036-vending-machines-for-healthy-foods.html Of course, this will reduce costs as food services run by the union school services will no longer be needed, but perhaps they can acquire the vending machine contract, and , still manage to feed our kids healthy food at lunch, for those parents who just can't find the time to make a lunch to govt standards. For those who have forgotten those standards, To meet USDA requirements the average school meal, analyzed weekly, must: contain no more than 30 percent of calories from fat; contain no more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; and provide one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for calories, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium. The full article is here .. http://www.healthyschoollunches.org/background/nutrition.cfm
marooned in Dbn April 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I can agree with your idea.
marooned in Dbn April 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Lee, I forgot to mention that there is really no difference between Halal and Kosher. They are one in the same, different name. You can save money even further by eliminating either the Kosher or Halal vending machines in your plan. All you need is one or the other, but for Dbn, I guess you should have a Halal sign on the machine. Simply because there are more practicing Muslims here than Jews.
Dan Seidel April 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Free speech and sanity prevailed - no violence. Go America!! Let's hear it for the US Constitution and Rule of Law!!!

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