The Rev. Terry Jones, controversial Florida pastor whose church burned a Qur’an last month, has rescheduled a protest for 5 p.m. Friday in front of Dearborn City Hall, this time protesting “the denial of our First Amendment rights.”
A protest against “radical Islam, Sharia, and jihad” had been scheduled for last Friday outside the largest mosque in North America, but was postponed after Pastor Jones spent most of the day and part of the evening in Michigan’s 19th District Court. The city had denied him a permit to speak outside the Islamic Center of America and a jury on Friday evening determined that Mr. Jones was “likely to breach the peace.”
Judge Mark Somers then set bond of $1 each for Mr. Jones, pastor of Dove World Outreach Center, and his associate, the Rev. Wayne Sapp, and barred them from going near the Islamic Center. The two ministers were jailed after telling Judge Somers they would not post the $1 bond, but were released several hours later after posting bond.
Dearborn’s City Hall is one of the city’s four “free speech zones” where anyone can speak or protest without requiring a permit.
See also “Terry Jones says he’ll sue over his arrest”, Detroit News, 25 April 2011