Terry Jones Stirs Up Hatred Against “Muslim Gangs” By Bringing a Gun to School

Terry Jones has reared his ugly head again. The controversial pastor from Gainesville, Florida, who gained notoriety for his plan to conduct a mass burning of the Quran on September 11, 2010, and then actually did burn a Quran last year, sparking riots in Afghanistan and Pakistan that killed at least 20 people, has not reneged on his hatred of Muslims.

His latest ploy is to stir up hatred by bringing a gun to a high school in Michigan on Wednesday as a part of protest against so-called “Muslim gangs.” Specifically, Jones brought a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with him but took it back to his car before his protest, at the request of police.

Jones was not invited to Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, but decided to show up anyway, along with about a dozen supporters. When he arrived at the school, he was faced with a slew of law enforcement officers, including Dearborn police, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies, and Michigan State Police Troopers.

The Detroit News reports that  Jones and his cronies left the high school after about an hour, and walked around the back of the school, looking for students to preach at, but they were unsuccessful.

A spokesman for Dearborn schools said Edsel Ford High School held its normal activities Wednesday.

From The Detroit News:

Jones wanted to meet with the school’s principal about what he says is a problem with Muslim teens beating up other students, but was denied a meeting.

Dearborn schools spokesman David Mustonen has said Jones’ claims of bullying by Muslim students are unfounded.

Jones has been a frequent visitor to Dearborn, where he has criticized what he calls “radical elements of Islam.” Jones’ critics say his protests have been nothing but “hate speech.”

The reality is that Dearborn is a haven of religious tolerance. Home to the largest Muslim community in America, it is also geographically close to a thriving Jewish community in West Bloomfield and the surrounding area. These two groups have worked with the neighboring Christian community for years, demonstrating to other communities how it is possible for people of different faiths to work together peaceably.

Apparently this model of tolerance and understanding makes Jones mad: last year he planned a Good Friday gathering to protest the Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn.

But the city of Dearborn was ready for him this time.

The Dearborn Police Department issued an alert Wednesday morning “asking residents to stay away from Edsel Ford High School from 11am-4pm due to a planned event.”

From Fox News:

“In response to several inquiries from concerned parents, community leaders and the media, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad wants to reassure the community that his department is fully prepared to facilitate the peaceful and safe visit of Terry Jones to the Dearborn area while providing seamless public safety services to the 98,153 residents of Dearborn,” the department said in a statement. “Despite the challenges presented by Mr. Jones’ previous visits, the Dearborn Police Department’s primary mission is to ensure that the 22,300 children attending Dearborn schools experience an uneventful, safe, and productive school day.”

If you think you’ve heard Jones’ name recently, you are correct: he has been promoting the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims,” whose Youtube clip is credited with igniting protests in Egypt and Libya.

For a man who calls himself a pastor to behave with such hatred towards his fellow humans is unfathomable to me. What happened to loving thy neighbor and doing unto others as you would have them do to you?

Can anyone stop Terry Jones before he wreaks more tragedy?


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Olivia Lim
Olivia Lim6 years ago

We need people like the Patriot Guard Riders, who block the WBCers from reaching the people they rant against, for this guy.

Sandra Cowley
Sandra Cowley6 years ago

Dear Shan: Thank you for responding. I would love to have the time to respond to your questions, but I've got to sit down and pay some bills, do dishes and get to bed by 9:30 or I will be dragging when the alarm goes off at 5:45 tomorrow morning. Maybe on the week-end. It would be so much better if Care2 would allow us to follow up each comment another makes, immediately after that comment, instead of our having to page through a dozen others before writing concerning a specific comment. I'm tired and probably not being clear. What I mean is, I should be able to in effect, reply immediately following yours or Michael's comments, rather than having to wade through a half dozen comments by others in order to reply, as I am doing here, to your last message to me. I'm sorry, but I really must go just now. Take care.

Sandra Cowley
Sandra Cowley6 years ago

Michael: With all the arrogance of youth, you make too many assumptions. Do I sound like someone who hasn't studied other religons, societies? I have been an Egpytophile (new word?) for years and have a lot of Egyptian books and decorations in my home. I also have studied other ancient histories - all those you mention and many more. I could mimic you and say, probably many more than you have, but that would be silly because other than on this site's comments, I don't know you at all, except to guess you are younger than 40, have a bright inquiring mind, and are caring But you do make far too many assumptions about Christians! We are as varied as species of orchids. In my twenties I started studying the Hitites and found I was actually starting to understand their language. But then life got in the way and I forgot it all. History and English are my two best subjects, always have been. Okay? Furthermore, I do read any news concerning science the newspapers here in Canada and the New York Times publish, because it is interesting to know what our scientific minds are doing and discovering. So because I am a fervant believer in Jesus and God, don't assume I am ignorant in any other area. Belief does not necessrily bring comfort, Michael. Especially for the intelligent; because there are always questions, doubts that become calmed to cycle into new doubts. You are making too many assumptions about Christians!

And your claiming that my faith is contrary to scien

Shan D.
Shan D6 years ago

"Darren, Shan and Michael: - You aren't listening to what I've said." (Sandra C.)

Of course I have. I just choose to ignore the parts that don't interest me or that I don't think warrant a reply, or that someone else has already replied to better than I feel able to address. What exactly do you think I haven't been listening to? And what do you think I've misquoted?

Sandra Cowley
Sandra Cowley6 years ago

Darren, Shan and Michael: - You aren't listening to what I've said. You've picked out what you want to dispute, ignoring the rest. You've also, espeically you, Shan and Darren, totally misconstrued what I, in particular have said and responded to me with a misquote. Michael, I am especially disappointed in your responses: you sound too much like my 28 year old youngest son who reads all kinds of stuff on the web unquestioningly, because he wants to believe - as you appear to - what he reads there that appears to usurp Christianity's beliefs. Where is your proof of all these similar histories to that of Jesus? We at least have the Lost Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels found in the past 100 years: where is the written and inscribed data you spout, other than on a web page from an unknown 'expert'? I've told you before and I'll tell you again, Christianity is NOT contrary to science and vice versa. They are two parts to a many sided- slate of possibilities and explanations. From my personal experiences over 65 years of life, I chose the Christian/scientific possibility. You chose the scientific alone. Fine. Good luck with that. Just don't misquote me and pat yourself on the back too hard when someone champions your message; they need to evolve their thinking to include other possibilities than the ones you espouse. Don't you ever ask yourself, "What if.....?" I love that you are all reading, writing and thinking about all these issues. Just don't limit yourselves to

Darren M.
Darren M6 years ago

Actually, "historical records" do not even show Jesus Christ having ever existed. I'm not saying do not believe in him, I'm saying don't claim that either science OR history say anything at all about either God or Jesus.

Harley Williams
Harley W6 years ago

Terry Jones to me represents as a very small part of Christianity. He promotes himself and the News looking to make money give him a pulpit by broadcasting his actions which cause problems. If the news quit following him around and telling everyone what he is doing. He continues acting like the glory hound that uses his religion to make money when he does not really care about anyone but himself.
We in the United States believe that people have the right to be ignorant. We do not believe the Government should be telling each of us what to think or how to act. We should not change our constitution to stop a single person from acting the fool.
Levant refers to the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon and Syria and Israel. You Michael state that stories that match exactly that of JESUS exist from this area. I have read many stores of this time period and have listened to many make these claim. There are stores which have some similarity but they are not the same. It is true that in latter periods like December 25 were added to Christian tradition in order to make the story more palatable to pagans. But having read many of the other stories there are fundamental and major differences. Jesus arose out of Judaism for one point.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke6 years ago

The question isn't whether or not he can be stopped (the law enforcement can stop him no matter where he goes - but then he would scream discrimination of his right to free speech and free religion) but the question should be: Should Terry Jones be stopped! Yes at all costs. Its not that I am afraid of what the American Muslims will do because they could start trouble but I pray they don't. But rather - does he realize he is going to jeopardize our military personnel overseas? Does he realize he is trying to kindle a fire we the people don't want nor need? We may not be able to put out the fire he starts. Personally - I say Terry Jones is not of his right mind but suffering a major mental disorder or illness.

John Hablinski
John Hablinski6 years ago

Hi Liz C, Michael doesn’t need my help but perhaps I can help you a smidgen. Michael has a lot of facts which he uses to bolster his argument. I think he would consider himself a realist. Yes he can seem a bit smug and self assured in his responses and when he and a person of faith who can be every bit as smug in style and attitude butt heads neither is going to move one jot, tittle or iota from their position and often it becomes, in my eyes, wasted efforts on both sides. He asks repeatedly for that one thing people of faith cannot supply and that is proof. Faith by definition has no proof of the kind Michael can accept. He wants 1 1=2 and a person of faith can only respond with heartfelt belief. For each of you personal conviction is absolute. The person of faith feels in the depth of heart and soul the presence of their God and finds reassurance in their faith. Michael’s mind, on the other hand requires black or white he is scientific procedure all the way. Proof must be replicable for the scientific method. Faith can never meet that test but for the faithful no test is required. For my part the very last thing I want to do is to disturb the faith of another. To me it would be like ravaging a bed of flowers belonging to another. I simply don’t feel I have a right to challenge either of you. In a manner of speaking my feeling on the subject is much like my feelings about abortion, I have no right to impose my thoughts on another.

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jill c6 years ago

Michael G. grab several handfuls of stars for your conscientious posts here, You have the patience to state your point, as always, eloquently and rationally and it is appreciated more than you can imagine, especially when it comes to those blind, and close-minded religious *coughfreakscough* who want nothing more than to abolish critical thinking.

Thank you for exhibiting the patience and rationality that frustrated hot-heads like me, cannot.