Pastor Terry Jones rallies before America's largest mosque in Dearborn; Challenges Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from death row

A delayed court approval limited the ability of Pastor Terry Jones' Stand Up for America organization to organize more than about 2 dozen supporters, but Jones did manage a rally before America's largest mosque on April 7th. By Any Means Necessary mustered a larger opposition, though better kept a distance apart by volunteering policemen than at Jones last Dearborn appearance in June.

Pastor Jones announced his intentions to burn a Quran if Iran doesn’t release an imprisoned pastor sentenced to death sentence after converting from Islam to Christianity. (World Net Daily) Jones said in a radio interview that Iran has until April 28 to release Youcef Nadarkhani, currently facing death for preaching Christianity in Iran.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones Demonstrates in Dearborn (WJBK Fox Detroit) Controversial Pastor Terry Jones brought his message back to Dearborn on Saturday. Jones says it is a free speech issue, and a federal judge agreed. The Florida pastor rallied in front of America's largest mosque -- the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Only a small crowd turned out. Click on the video player to watch Ron Savage's report.


Florida pastor draws more critics than supporters at Dearborn rally

Speaking in front of the biggest mosque in Michigan, the Florida pastor known for burning the Quran blasted Islam and called upon Americans to take back their country. "Islam has one goal -- that is world domination," said Jones, wearing sunglasses, jeans and a faded black leather jacket. "It's time to stand up." Holding signs that read "I Will Not Submit," about 20 supporters cheered as Jones and his assistant spoke outside the Islamic Center of America, a Dearborn mosque that sits off Ford Road. Framed by the mosque's minarets, Jones said he is concerned that the growth of the Muslim population in metro Detroit and the U.S. will lead to the oppression of non-Muslims. "Muslims, no matter where they go around the world ... they push their agenda on the society," Jones said. "We must take back America."

The mosque was placed on lockdown Saturday afternoon, with about 30 police cars from Detroit, Dearborn, Wayne County and the State of Michigan surrounding the area, which also includes several churches. Traffic in and out was prevented, disappointing some worshipers who were not aware of Jones' rally and could not access the mosque. During the anti-Muslim rally, an electronic billboard at the Islamic Center read, "Happy Easter."

About 500 feet from Jones was a group of about 50 counter-protesters, some of whom were with By Any Means Necessary, a militant group rooted in Communism that uses confrontational tactics. Police prevented them from approaching the grassy area in front of the mosque where Jones spoke. Muslim leaders had urged people not to attend Saturday's counter-protest.

Unlike Jones' last two visits to Dearborn, this one was uneventful, with no arrests and no street clashes. In June, Dearborn police arrested six counter-protesters who confronted Jones as he walked toward the Arab festival in Dearborn after he held an anti-Islam rally at Dearborn City Hall.

And two months before that, in April 2011, police arrested some counter-protesters after they swarmed across Michigan Avenue to challenge Jones as he was speaking at City Hall.

Jones said during his talk Saturday that he also is concerned about the free-speech rights of Americans. He pointed to his own recent experiences in Dearborn as an example of Islamic law encroaching on American freedoms. Here's what African-American march participant, Phil Stargell, perceived of Dearborn Police's abandonment of Terry Jones' to the By Any Means Necessary mob.



In the past year, Jones has battled the City of Dearborn for the right to speak in front of the mosque. Last year, a Dearborn judge threw him briefly in jail and ordered him to stay away from the mosque for three years. That decision was later overturned by a Detroit judge. Last month, the city asked Jones to sign a legal agreement that would make him forfeit his legal rights stemming from any possible incident at the event, before protesting. Jones then filed a lawsuit, prompting a Detroit federal judge to rule Thursday in his favor. Jones was represented for free in his battles with the city by the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian group established by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan.

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