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Thursday, 28 April, 2011 3:47 PM

Pastor Terry Jones returns to metro Detroit for a second time; speech planned for tomorrow

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones arrives at Detroit Metro Airport on April 28, 2011.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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ROMULUS, Mich. -- Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones arrived at Detroit Metro Airport on Thursday at about 1:15 p.m. It was his second trip to the Motor City in two weeks. The news media was already there waiting to speak with him. Jones did not have a permit to hold a formal news conference at the airport so the media spoke to him as he was walking to his ride.

"I wasn't aware that we needed a permit to have a press conference," he said. "So we're going to have to go onto the car. We are going to meet right now with our attorneys. We are going to be on Fox 2 then tonight. We have a couple of other interviews. Tomorrow, we're going to be doing our protest. We checked with our lawyers to see if that's advisable. We're going to be talking about what happened last week, we're even going to be talking about President Obama's re-election. Actually, we're going to be dealing with several issues."

Jones will give a speech tomorrow at 5 p.m. in front of the Dearborn City Hall. He was originally going to speak in front of the Islamic Center of America. However, a judge ruled last Friday that Jones must stay away from the mosque for a period of three years.

When asked about being treated unfairly last week, the pastor answered: "Of course."

Many of Detroit's top attorneys told WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV that Jones' First Amendment rights were broken. The Florida Pastor was sentenced to jail last Friday after planning to give a speech. He never spoke one word up until the trial. Jones and his assistant, Rev. Wayne Sapp, were released after each paid a bond, set at $1.

"Not only fear, but gutless pandering," said artist/attorney Mike Wrathell on AmericaJR.com's message board. "The Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney wants all those Arab votes come 2012. Free speech sometimes provokes, but that is not grounds to throw the First Amendment into the Rouge River."

On March 20, Terry Jones burnt a Qur'an a live webcast from his church, the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. It led to a series of violent protests in Aghanistan that killed more than a dozen people.

SOUND OFF: Should Pastor Terry Jones Be Allowed To Rally in Front of a Mosque in Dearborn?

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The news media was waiting for Jones' arrival inside the McNamara Terminal.

 

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