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Saturday, 23 April, 2011 0:57 AM

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

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Terry Jones was denied his plan to hold a peaceful rally in front of the Islamic Center of America on April 22, 2011.

By AmericaJR.com Web Team

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Florida Pastor Terry Jones came to Michigan with the intentions of holding a peaceful rally in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich. However, he was first sent to court along with his associate Rev. Wayne Sapp. Keep in mind that Pastor Jones was denied a permit to hold the rally against radical Islam before he ever stepped foot on a plane.

Prosecutors argued that the pastor and his associate were free to speak at one of the city's four "free-speech zones," one of which included the Dearborn City Hall. However, the ministers denied that request on grounds that it barred their First Amendment rights.

A jury of six, who were mostly residents of Dearborn, reached a unanimous verdict that Jones and Sapp were a threat to public safety. Judge Mark Somers said the verdict required him to set a bond. Prosecutors thought it should be set at $45,000 although the judge set it at $1 for the Florida and $1 for his associate.

The two men refused to pay bond and were sent to jail. About an hour later, Jones and Sapp paid their bond and left jail.

The judge also said the Jones and Sapp were not allowed on the property of the Islamic Center of America for thee years. Pastor Jones said he would return to Dearborn, Mich. next week to hold his peaceful rally that was originally scheduled for Good Friday.

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