Breaking: Terry Jones Sent To Jail For Refusing To Pay $1 Bond

It’s Good Friday, the holiest day in the Christian calendar, and Terry Jones is at it again.

Judge Jails Terry Jones

From Detroit Free Press:

A judge late today sent two Florida pastors to jail for refusing to post a $1 bond.

Earlier, a Dearborn jury sided with prosecutors, ruling that Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp would breach the peace if they rallied at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

Jones sat quietly after the jury’s decision, his head tilted down a bit, staring at the table.

The development comes after the jury deliberated for several hours.

In closing arguments, Wayne County assistant prosecutor Robert Moran said
the pastors would disturb the peace if they were allowed to protest today at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

Jones and Sapp argued their right is protected under the First Amendment.
“That’s what made America great,” said Sapp. “We’re entitled to our opinion.”

‘We’ll do it today at 5 or we’ll come back next week’

Earlier, after an intense debate in court this morning over free speech and religion, Pastor Terry Jones said that he’s not backing down from his plans to protest at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad testified today that there have been at least four serious threats made against Jones from metro Detroiters, arguing that his protest could lead to violence if allowed.

But Jones told the Free Press during his lunch break: “We’ll do it today at 5 or we’ll come back next week.”

What’s All This About?

Known for his controversial burning of the Koran, which Care2 reported on here, an event that led to riots and killings in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jones is said to have a $2 million bounty on his head in Pakistan.

Not content with stirring up  that much hatred, he had been planning a Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Michigan, where one third of the community is Muslim. Jones is seeking to spread his special version of Christianity to protest the Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn.

Largest Muslim Community In America

From Politicususa:

Dearborn is home to the largest Muslim community in America and is in close proximity to West Bloomfield and surrounds, home to a large Jewish community. The communities have worked with the neighboring Christian community peacefully and successfully for years, making the Dearborn principle of religious tolerance and interaction a model for other communities.

However, Jones was denied a permit to protest on public property, and warned that he could be subject to arrest if he protested without a permit. Jones said that wouldn’t stop him from protesting. After a judge told Jones he could protest if he paid a peace bond and stayed in a free speech zone as he planned protest near a school and churches, Jones opted instead for a trial to rule on his planned protest for 5 PM on April 22, Good Friday.

So that’s how today’s trial came about.

Free Speech Or Public Risk?

From Reuters:

Jones, who represented himself in court on Friday, argued that violated his free speech rights.

“The First Amendment is only valid if it allows us to say what other people may not like,” Jones said in court. “Otherwise, we do not need the First Amendment.”
The American Civil Liberties Union agreed, saying police had overstepped by trying to force Jones to post a “peace bond” that could hold him financially responsible for police protection.

The civil rights group filed a motion asking District Judge Mark Somers to dismiss the case. Somers, who had ruled in favor of prosecutors before the trial, declined to do so.
“It is unconstitutional to put a price on free speech in anticipation that the speech may not be welcome by others,” said Rana Elmir, a spokeswoman for the ACLU.
Police estimated it would cost over $46,000 — including the cost of a helicopter and a dump truck — to keep violence from breaking out if Jones were allowed to protest.

What do you think?

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mike l.
mike lueras5 years ago

would there be violence if pastor Jones demonstrates? "There will be wars and rumours of wars and strife and iniquity". In any case the 1st amendment is unnecessary because "whatever you say will be said back to you because you will reap what you sow.", amen? What Pastor Jones says WILL be said back to him - is not THAT sufficient punishment for him if there is to be any punishment? Allah will repay, amen?

Nikolas Karman
Nikolas K5 years ago

The only thing that can save someone is themselves not any religion or government or some ones opinion. Just the person concerned forgiving themselves for bringing the unwanted experience to themselves. Remember what you see in others is a reflection of yourselves and if its negative then its a lesson to be learnt.

Verdi Verdi
Verdi Verdi6 years ago

Burning a quran VS Burning a bible

Official Position

Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Lindsey because you have done so within the last week.

Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago

Good night everyone... enjoyed the chat... including the sarcasm sent my way!

I can only think of an Old Egyptian Blessing for all:

May the Creator always stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk!

Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago


You should remember this fact!

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Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago

Oh... Lindsey... when people look like ants... pull your chute. When ants look like people...


Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago


Skydiving is easy... all you have to remember is to avoid colliding with a planet.

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Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago

Part I

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

Rogue Sentinel
6 years ago

Part II

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?