Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Gainesville pastor plans to attend the Arab International Festival in Dearborn in June.
Officials at Dearborn Public Schools said there are no plans to meet with Pastor Terry Jones next month, when Jones returns to Dearborn for the Arab International Festival. Jones announced on his website on May 9 that he will meet with Scott Casebolt, principal of Edsel Ford High School, to discuss his concerns about Muslim students bullying non-Muslim students at the school. Jones traveled to Edsel Ford in October 2012 to protest what he calls “aggressive bullying by gangs of Muslim youths” in public places, including schools. Jones said in the press release that he contacted Casebolt’s office, and a school employee told him they were unsure which day Casebolt could meet with Jones. “In aftermath of the Boston Bombings it is now widely …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Dearborn Patch recaps the news from this past week.
Miss the latest local headlines? Dearborn Patch rounds up the top stories for this one-stop reading recap:
Friday, May 3, 2013
The controversial pro-Christian pastor will return to Dearborn on June 14.
Terry Jones, a Christian pastor from Gainesville, Fla., announced Friday that he and his group, Stand Up America! will be returning to Dearborn on June 14 to protest the annual Arab International Festival. The festival is scheduled for June 14 to 17 at the city-owned Ford Woods Park. According to Jones' website, Jones will be joined by Ruben Israel, a representative of the Bible Believers, Pastor David Grisham of Repent Amarillo, and Rabbi Nachum Shifren of the California Security Council. The controversial Qur'an-burning pastor gained notoriety in the city after staging an anti-Islam rally outside of Edsel Ford High School in October 2012. Speaking to Patch.com, Jones said his reason for attending the festival is to preach the message of …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Terry Jones' protest at a Dearborn high school ends quietly, according to police.
Dearborn police said there were no arrests Wednesday at a protest held by Terry Jones at Edsel Ford High School. Jones returned to Dearborn on Wednesday “to protest the bullying of non-Muslim students,” according to a press release from Stand Up America Now on behalf of Jones. But there were only a handful of Jones' supporters at the protest. A small group of counter-protesters, including some from the southeast Michigan-based activist group By Any Means Necessary, also were present. But there were no incidents near Edsel Ford, according to Dearborn police. NOTE: This article was updated on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 9:46 a.m. to correct the date to Wednesday.
Dearborn police issued a Nixle alert asking residents to stay away from Edsel Ford High School on Thursday between 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dearborn police are asking residents to avoid Edsel Ford High School on Thursday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. because of a planned protest by Terry Jones, according to a Nixle alert. Jones, a Florida pastor, is well known in Dearborn, having visited the city three times since April 2011 to protest what he said is the spread of Islamic law in the city. Jones is returning Thursday “to protest the bullying of non-Muslim students,” according to a press release from Stand Up America Now on behalf of Jones. Though some parents have expressed concerns about safety because of Jones’ protest, Dearborn Public Schools superintendent Brian Whiston said Edsel Ford is “probably going to be the safest place in America” on Thursday.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Brian Whiston said he expects Edsel Ford High School to be the "safest place in America" during Wednesday's protest by the anti-Islam pastor.
Dearborn Public Schools officials responded Monday night to concerns over an upcoming protest at Edsel Ford High School by anti-Islam Florida pastor Terry Jones. Supt. Brian Whiston shared that the district has made provisions with local and state law enforcement agencies and others concerned about the protest, including assembling 50 volunteers monitoring goings-on at the high school, to ensure schools takes place without interruption. “We have brought together law enforcement—we can’t outline the plans because that’s not what law enforcement does—to make sure students are safe,” said Whiston. “It’s probably going to be the safest place in America,” he added. Whiston on Monday attended a parent meeting at Edsel Ford aimed at quelling …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Dearborn Police Department released a message Friday concerning the Florida pastor's planned protest on Oct. 10.
Reponding to concerns of residents, the Dearborn Police Department released a message on Friday to the community regarding an upcoming planned protest by anti-Islam activist Terry Jones. The Florida pastor, known for his demonstrations against Dearborn's Muslim community, has announced that he will return on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to stage a protest against "Muslim youth bullying" in front of Edsel Ford High School. More: Dearborn Parent on Terry Jones Visit: ‘Is It Safe to Send My Kid to School?’ Here's Dearborn Chief of Police Ronald Haddad's message in full: In response to several inquiries from concerned parents, community leaders and the media, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad wants to reassure the community that his department is …
The Dearborn Public Schools district said they're planning for "just another day of school" when the anti-Islam Florida pastor protests in front of Edsel Ford High School on Oct. 10.
For Edsel Ford High School, Wednesday, Oct. 10 is “just a regular day of school,” said Dearborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen. But for some parents, an anti-Muslim protestor’s planned demonstration in front of the Dearborn school that afternoon is cause for concern. Florida Pastor Terry Jones is well known in Dearborn, having visited the city three times since April 2011 to protest what he said is the spread of Islamic law in the city. Jones’s visits have resulted in arrests, public disturbances, expenditure of city, county and state police resources, and extensive media coverage. On Oct. 10, he’ll return once more “to protest the bullying of non-Muslim students,” according to a press release from Stand Up America Now on behalf …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Quran-burning Pastor Jones used the Islamic Center as a backdrop to discuss what he says are signs of Sharia Law in Dearborn.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
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 Islamic Center of America 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, several members of BAMN were …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A federal judge has issued an order stating her belief that the city's hold harmless agreement is unconstitutional.
Terry Jones will demonstrate in Dearborn on Saturday, and his lawsuit against the city will move forward, the Thomas More Law Center confirmed Thursday. The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor on behalf of Jones and Associate Pastor Wayne Sapp, alleges that the city has 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 Saturday afternoon protest. The city agreed to waive the hold harmless agreement, with the stipulation that the lawsuit would be dropped. TMLC President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson said, however, that …