terry jones http://michiganradio.org en Controversial Pastor Terry Jones wins appeal http://michiganradio.org/post/controversial-pastor-terry-jones-wins-appeal <p>A Judge has reversed a Dearborn jury&rsquo;s ruling that found a Christian pastor intended to breach the peace at a demonstration he planned outside the country&rsquo;s biggest mosque.<br /><br /> Terry Jones is the controversial Florida Pastor who once burned the Quran, and believes Muslim Sharia law is a major threat to the U.S.</p><p>He wanted to protest outside Dearborn&rsquo;s Islamic Center of America in April, but never got the chance. He was hauled to court, found guilty of intent to breach the peace, and ordered to stay away from the Islamic Center of America for three years.<br /><br /> Jones appealed his prosecution, saying it violated his right to free speech. A Wayne county Circuit Court Judge ruled it actually did not. But he still reversed the jury&rsquo;s decision on a due process technicality.<br /><br /> Jones said he plans to return to the mosque to protest &ldquo;jihad and sharia.&rdquo;<br /><br /> &ldquo;That was why we chose that particular location,&quot; Jones told reporters after the ruling. &quot;That particular location had a definite purpose. Because we were targeting [those] two aspects of radical Islam.&rdquo;<br /><br /> The Judge also overturned a three-year injunction keeping Jones away from the mosque.<br /><br /> Wayne County Prosecutors say they&rsquo;ll appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:30:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4944 at http://michiganradio.org Controversial Pastor Terry Jones wins appeal Terry Jones appeal argued in Michigan court http://michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-appeal-argued-michigan-court <p>The free speech case of a controversial Florida Pastor best known for burning the Quran <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/10/wayne_county_circuit_court_hol.html">has started in Wayne County</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>A jury found Terry Jones guilty of breaching the peace in April. Dearborn police arrested him before he could proceed with an anti-Islamic protest outside the country&rsquo;s largest mosque on Good Friday.</p><p>Jones wants that decision reversed. He also wants the court to lift an ongoing injunction that bars him from protesting in that spot.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 02:07:57 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4481 at http://michiganradio.org Terry Jones appeal argued in Michigan court Pastor Terry Jones returns to Michigan this week http://michiganradio.org/post/pastor-terry-jones-returns-michigan-week <p>&nbsp;Controversial Florida Pastor <a href="http://www.standupamericanow.org/">Terry Jones </a>is coming back to Michigan this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Terry Jones gained fame for burning a copy of the Qur&rsquo;an as a protest against what he calls &lsquo;radical&rsquo; Islam.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His attempt to hold a protest in Dearborn landed him in jail briefly this Spring.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He&rsquo;s due back in a Dearborn courtroom on Thursday.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4023 at http://michiganradio.org Pastor Terry Jones returns to Michigan this week Crowd storms barricades in protest against Florida pastor http://michiganradio.org/post/crowd-storms-barricades-protest-against-florida-pastor <p>A rally by Florida Pastor Terry Jones erupted briefly in Dearborn, as a crowd of counter-protestors rushed barricades, prompting riot police to force them back.</p><p>The confrontation broke out when Jones &ndash; who was delivering a speech condemning radical Islam &ndash; left the steps of city hall and approached the sidewalk. That provoked several people in the crowd of counter-demonstrators from the opposite side of the street to rush across Michigan Avenue. They spit, and hurled soda bottles and shoes at Jones.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:02:04 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2293 at http://michiganradio.org Crowd storms barricades in protest against Florida pastor Controversial Florida pastor will finally hold his rally in Dearborn this evening http://michiganradio.org/post/controversial-florida-pastor-will-finally-hold-his-rally-dearborn-evening <p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/list/term/2605">A controversial Florida pastor</a> is scheduled to begin a rally in downtown Dearborn at this hour. The rally will take place in front of <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/dearborns-mayor-sends-letter-controversial-pastor-coming-his-town">Dearborn </a>city hall.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:49:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 2290 at http://michiganradio.org Controversial Florida pastor will finally hold his rally in Dearborn this evening Qur'an burning Florida pastor returning to Michigan Thursday http://michiganradio.org/post/quran-burning-florida-pastor-returning-michigan-thursday <p>Controversial Florida <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastor_Terry_Jones#Pastor_Terry_Jones">pastor Terry Jones</a> returns to southeast Michigan Thursday.&nbsp; Jones tried to hold a rally outside a Dearborn mosque last week to protest radical Islam.&nbsp;&nbsp; But he ended up spending time in the city jail for defying a court order.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:36:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 2252 at http://michiganradio.org Qur'an burning Florida pastor returning to Michigan Thursday Muslim, Civil rights groups condemn Jones trial http://michiganradio.org/post/muslim-civil-rights-groups-condemn-jones-trial <p>Some Muslim and civil rights groups say Dearborn and Wayne County officials sent a bad message by prosecuting a controversial Florida pastor.</p><p>Terry Jones wanted to protest what he sees as encroaching &ldquo;Sharia law&rdquo; outside Dearborn&rsquo;s Mosque of America last week. &nbsp;But his plans were scuttled Friday, after a Wayne County jury found that his protest would &ldquo;breach the peace.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:47:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2216 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim, Civil rights groups condemn Jones trial Pastor briefly jailed, ordered to stay away from mosque for 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/pastor-briefly-jailed-ordered-stay-away-mosque-3-years <p>A controversial Florida pastor who planned to protest outside a Dearborn mosque Friday instead spent the day in court, and briefly went to jail.</p><p>Terry Jones last month burned a Quran in Florida, sparking deadly riots in Afghanistan. That prompted a jury to decide that his protest against Islam could lead to violence in Dearborn.</p><p>Jones refused to pay a symbolic $1 peace bond, leading to his arrest.</p><p>Susan Morgan of Dearborn attended an interfaith rally in a cold, hard rain outside the Henry Ford Centennial Library Friday afternoon, as the trial continued in the courthouse nearby.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;d really like our tax money to be spent someplace better, and not wasted on this,&quot; Morgan says. &quot;This has been going on for three or four weeks for us here in Dearborn.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Some participants in the rally said although they disagreed with Joneses&rsquo; message, they supported his right to free speech, including Ghada Saleh. She&#39;s originally from Lebanon, but has lived in Dearborn for 37 years.</p><p>&ldquo;He has the right to express his opinion about whatever he wants,&quot; Saleh says. &quot;But what he stands for is totally wrong. As a Christian person, he should know that burning the Quran is an insult to Jesus.&rdquo;</p><p>Jones has been ordered to stay away from the mosque and adjacent property for three years. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:13:20 +0000 Rina Miller 2194 at http://michiganradio.org Pastor briefly jailed, ordered to stay away from mosque for 3 years Florida pastor jailed, refused to pay court ordered 'Peace Bond' http://michiganradio.org/post/florida-pastor-jailed-refused-pay-court-ordered-peace-bond <p>A six person jury decided just after 6:30pm that Pastor Terry Jones should post a &#39;peace bond&#39; if he planned to go ahead with an anti-Islamic rally outside a&nbsp; Dearborn mosque. Jones refused to pay the one dollar bond required. Then Judge Mark Somer had the controversial Florida minister arrested and placed in jail.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:55:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 2193 at http://michiganradio.org Florida pastor jailed, refused to pay court ordered 'Peace Bond' Terry Jones plans to hold rally this afternoon, counter-rally planned in Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-plans-hold-rally-afternoon-counter-rally-planned-dearborn <p><strong>Update 5:37 p.m.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller is at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn and phoned in the above reports.</strong></em></p><p>On their live blog, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110422/NEWS02/110422013/Live-blog-Terry-Jones-fights-having-pay-hold-anti-Muslim-protest-Dearborn">Free Press</a> reports that &quot;several hundred people have gathered outside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn for a Terry Jones counterrally, listening to speakers who have pleaded for peace and understanding.<br /><br />Crowd members are carrying signs that say, &#39;We are Peace,&#39; &#39;We Are Islam,&quot; and &#39;Hope, not Hurt.&#39;&quot;</p><p><strong>Update: 4:32 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110422/NEWS02/110422028/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that members of assorted police departments have gathered at the site of the planned counter-protest outside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. The Freep reports they have riot gear &quot;on hand visible inside several vans, including helmets and sticks.&quot;</p><p>From the Freep:</p><blockquote><p>Emergency crews from more than a half-dozen agencies are gathered outside the Ford<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.</p><p>They are on guard for a scheduled 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. counter-rally organized by Detroit-area religious leaders in response to a Florida pastor&rsquo;s desire to hold his own rally outside Dearborn&rsquo;s Islamic Center of America, one of the nation&rsquo;s largest mosques.</p></blockquote><p><strong>2:40 p.m.</strong></p><p>Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who organized a Quran burning last month, plans to hold his anti-Muslim rally tonight at 5 p.m. at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn regardless of the outcome of <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-court-arguing-right-protest">this afternoon&#39;s trial</a>.</p><p>He said during the trial that he knows of 5 people from his church who will be there.</p><p>Prosecutors say more than 10,000 people could show up to counter protest his rally and they fear violence could erupt.</p><p>They liken Jones&#39; intent to hold an anti-Muslim rally outside one of the largest mosques in the United States&nbsp; to shouting &quot;fire&quot; in a crowded theater.</p><p>A counter-rally has been planned at the Ford Community &amp; Performing Arts Center in Dearborn 3 miles away from the mosque.</p><p>It&#39;s scheduled to start at 4 p.m.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Rina Miller will attend the rallies and file updates for us. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 21:37:46 +0000 Mark Brush 2188 at http://michiganradio.org Terry Jones plans to hold rally this afternoon, counter-rally planned in Dearborn Terry Jones in court, arguing for right to protest http://michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-court-arguing-right-protest <p><strong>Update 1:57</strong></p><p>Judge Mark Somers gave the jury instructions on how to evaluate the prosecutor&#39;s case against Terry Jones. The trial will decide whether Jones is allowed to hold an anti-Muslim rally outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.</p><p>The jurors are to evaluate whether Jones is likely to breach the peace or not.</p><p>The jury&#39;s decision must be unanimous.</p><p><strong>Update 11:52 a.m.</strong></p><p>The trial is on recess. The parties and the jury are to return at 1 p.m.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:57:29 +0000 Mark Brush 2181 at http://michiganradio.org Terry Jones in court, arguing for right to protest Clergy urge community to avoid confrontation with Florida pastor http://michiganradio.org/post/clergy-urge-community-avoid-confrontation-florida-pastor <p>Muslim and Christian clergy say people should not confront the controversial Florida pastor who plans to protest jihad and Sharia law in front of a Dearborn mosque today.</p><p>Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini leads the Islamic Center of America, where Pastor Terry Jones wants to stage his protest. He says Jones is looking for publicity, and that&rsquo;s his right:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;But when he calls himself a religious leader, a pastor, then he should hold himself to a higher standard, and that is our problem with him.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Reverend Charles Williams Junior says there will be no conflict in Dearborn if the protest goes forward tonight. And he says he hopes the reaction is the same elsewhere:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We want to call on our brothers and sisters across the world: please do not respond to this ignorant fellow. Please do not respond.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Violent protests erupted in Afghanistan after Jones burned a copy of the Qur&rsquo;an at his Florida church.</p><p>Jones is <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/terry-jones-court-arguing-right-protest">representing himself at a trial</a> to decide whether he should be required to pay a hefty security bond to stage his protest. Jones says he&rsquo;ll hold his rally as planned, whatever the jury decides.&nbsp; Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:51:32 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2185 at http://michiganradio.org Clergy urge community to avoid confrontation with Florida pastor Jury to decide if Florida pastor should be allowed to hold anti-Islam rally at Dearborn mosque http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-decide-if-florida-pastor-should-be-allowed-hold-anti-islam-rally-dearborn-mosque <p>A trial opening Friday&nbsp;morning&nbsp;will decide if a controversial Florida pastor will be allowed to hold an anti-Islamic rally outside a Dearborn mosque later in the day. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The pastor complains the trial itself is an attempt to deny him his constitutional rights.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:55:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 2180 at http://michiganradio.org Jury to decide if Florida pastor should be allowed to hold anti-Islam rally at Dearborn mosque Pastor asks for jury trial to allow anti-Islam rally http://michiganradio.org/post/pastor-asks-jury-trial-allow-anti-islam-rally <p>A Wayne County judge is impaneling a six-person jury to hear the county&#39;s case against a controversial Florida pastor.</p><p>Terry Jones wants to conduct an anti-Islamic rally Friday&nbsp; in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. County officials want to stop him.</p><p>The county is asking a judge to place restrictions on Jones, including having him&nbsp; pay for police protection&nbsp; for his rally, and to move the rally to a different part of Dearborn.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:55:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 2177 at http://michiganradio.org Pastor asks for jury trial to allow anti-Islam rally Qur'an burning Florida pastor will be in a Michigan courtroom this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/quran-burning-florida-pastor-will-be-michigan-courtroom-afternoon <p>A controversial Florida pastor says he will lead a rally against radical Islam <a href="http://www.standupamericanow.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&amp;id=10">outside a Dearborn mosque this Friday</a>, despite pleas for him to cancel or move his event to another location.&nbsp; Late Wednesday, the city of Dearborn denied the pastor&#39;s permit to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America, meaning he could be arrested if he goes through with his plans for a rally.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2162 at http://michiganradio.org Qur'an burning Florida pastor will be in a Michigan courtroom this afternoon Dearborn's mayor sends a letter to a controversial pastor coming to his town http://michiganradio.org/post/dearborns-mayor-sends-letter-controversial-pastor-coming-his-town <p>Dr. Terry Jones has gained notoriety in recent years for his attacks on Islam.&nbsp;&nbsp; His burning of a Qur&#39;an in his Florida church last fall led to deadly riots in Afghanistan.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, he&#39;s coming to Dearborn.&nbsp; Jones plans to hold a rally in front of the Islamic Center of America.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:29:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 2164 at http://michiganradio.org Dearborn's mayor sends a letter to a controversial pastor coming to his town