Rev. Jones, the hatemongering, Quran-burning 'Christian' minister who heads the tiny Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida came to Dearborn, Michigan, to protest Â‘radicalÂ’ Muslims in general (although he assured the press and later the jury that his group Â“Â…was not accusingÂ…Â” local Muslims of being radical).Â He had said in an earlier interview with a local paper that he had chosen Dearborn because of the alleged adoption of Sharia law in the city, an observation that provoked laughter from Dearborn Mayor John B. OÂ’Reilly, Jr. when asked about it on a local radio program.Â Jones, he noted, has been accused of causing the deaths of Americans in Afghanistan because of his insistence on burning the Quran.
Instead of protesting at a local Dearborn mosque, Rev. Jones accidentally shot his car, refused to post a Peace Bond, averred he would hold his protest outside the local mosque without it, was promptly charged with Contempt of CourtÂ… and went to jail.Â By the time he actually posted the bond, one dollar each for him and his assistant, it included the provision that he stay away from the mosque for three years.
The protest did not happen, and Jones left Detroit Metro Airport Saturday morning, vowing to return, and, invoking the name of the Thomas More Law Center, a well known conservative Christian law firm, threatened to sue the Wayne County ProsecutorÂ’s office for violation of his civil rights for demanding the bond.Â The ACLU and Robert Sedler, a constitutional law professor at Wayne State University said that the Supreme Court has ruled it is the duty of the police to protect protestors at events like the one Rev. Jones planned.Â Sedler called the events in court, Â“bizarre.Â”
Rev. Jones said as he left that he would return next Friday and protest outside DearbornÂ’s municipal offices at 5 p.m. Â He said the issue has now shifted from "radical Islam" to a battle to protest the CityÂ’s violation of his First Amendment rights.
There is a marvelous irony in the story of any man, and far less a minister, who would protest against Â“radical IslamÂ” fomenting violence by burning the holy book of that religion under great publicity and fanfare.Â That he would then head for the American city with arguably the highest concentration of Muslims of any community in America for the express purpose of Â“protesting radical IslamÂ” while pointedly assuring every Muslim in Dearborn that he wasnÂ’t targeting them is beyond ironic and borders on deliberate provocation.